I'm new to Inkscape and are planning to create a scientific poster for a conference.

I have an idea of a layout I want to use, but creating it was harder than expected:

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Does anyone have an suggestion how to create the shape of 4 (or more) aligned rectangles with the inner corners shaped around a centered circle?


You may want to learn about path operations, in particular path difference.

For your poster example, draw one of the rectangles, and a circle.

Duplicate the circle (Ctrl-D) so you can use it again later.

Select one of the circles and the rectangle, then apply Path -> Difference (Ctrl- -). This will subtract the circle part from the rectangle.

  • Thank you Juancho! The selected items need to overlap, right? – Gerd Jul 19 '18 at 7:02

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