Say you have a circle, and a letter (X), on top of that circle. The circle is black, the background is white, and you want the X to be transparent. HOWEVER, you want the X (or the area where the X occupies) to be transparent to the white background, not the black.

What is this called, and how is it accomplished?

  • I would call this "punching out" the lettering – Preston Sep 25 '14 at 6:14

Assuming, you want the X to be totally transparent:

  1. Use Path → Object to Path on both, the circle and the X.
  2. Select the X and then the circle (order matters).
  3. Use Path → Difference.
  • Path > Difference also works on Objects. No need to transform to a Path. Also then, selection order will not matter. – Takkat Sep 24 '14 at 17:43

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