I'm trying to design a pie chart, so I create circles (each one in a separate layer) then I change them to something like that:

enter image description here

Now I want it to look like that:

enter image description here

Of course I can create a small blank circle and put it in the middle, but I want it to be transparent (logically impossible) . I tried to use the path division operation between the two switched circles and it works, but I don't want to combine them (also they will have the same style).

I'm open to any other suggestions or alternatives.

  • 1
    I would think a clip or a mask could do it easily. Welcome to GraphicDesign! Feb 27, 2015 at 2:53

3 Answers 3

  1. Once you have finished creating the segments in different layers. Create a circle at the center.

  2. Duplicate the circle. Now select path- division twice, selecting a circle & a segment each at a time. The resulting path looks like this image(segments are not combined retaining the assigned style intact).image 1.


Please clarify What software do you use, if Illustrator add circle like this

enter image description here

select both objects then go to Window-->Pathfinder Click to "Minus Front"

enter image description here

It will come like this

enter image description here

You can apply the same method for the above(blue shape) object.

  • 2
    It's tagged Inkscape so I guess it's Inkscape
    – user37657
    Feb 27, 2015 at 8:33

Put the pie slices on the same layer

Duplicate the objects then

Path -> Union

Use Path -> Exclusion

on the newly formed object with a circle to your liking

Path -> Break Apart

and discard the circle remnants

Select the pie slices and the new object making sure it's uppermost then

Object -> Clip -> Set

Though to be honest I would probably just either go with a circle matching the background colour. Doing the above ties you in to not changing the size of the slices ever or having to redo the above steps. It's a lot of extra faf and stuff you have to remember to keep an eye on for no real gain - it won't make the file smaller and resizing becomes way trickier than it needs to be.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.