Divide circle in half in Inkscape

I am working in Inkscape and have two concentric circles which I want to divide into semi-circular arcs. I placed a line midway between and tried “Cut Path” but it did not work:

enter image description here

I tried converting the circles to paths and trying cut path again and it still did not work.


I determined the problem.

The “cut path” function in Inkscape requires exactly two objects. If the user has 3 objects selected then the program does nothing.

In my case I had two concentric circles and the line, so I was selecting 3 objects.

The solution is the following:

  1. Drag a guide from the ruler until it snaps to the center of the

  2. Draw a rectangle that is larger than the circles above them

  3. Extend the rectangle until it snaps to the guide (the rectangle
    should now cover half the circles).

  4. Select the rectangle and one of the two circles

  5. Do Path / Division to make a closed shape or Path / Cut to make an open shape

Source : Link , Question Author : Tyler Durden , Answer Author : Tyler Durden

Leave a Comment