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How to remove a portion of a closed object, to turn it into an open object?


Question

I would like to remove (like in cut away) a circular portion from a rectangle, leaving an open object. Tried using the Path > Difference tool, but it results in a closed object.

Attached image (screen shot from Inkscape, edited in MS-Paint so looks bit crude), explains what I am trying to achieve.

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2014/05/30
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5/30/2014 6:16:00 PM

Accepted Answer

You probably just have to "convert path to object" (Ctrl-Alt-C) before the substraction.

2014/05/30
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5/30/2014 7:30:00 PM

Note that I have already accepted an answer (that was short and simple), but I am adding this answer to explain/elaborate the alternative method proposed by @IlmariKaronen, visually s.t. newbies (like me), find it easier to comprehend. I am certain that this method can be useful and productive in few scenarios... All credits due to him.

Visual representation of the method (placeholder) -- SE imgur hosting

2014/06/08