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New QGIS user here. I'm trying to clip a large (2000-ac) property boundary with a smaller (500+/-) acre property. Assuming the larger boundary is the input layer and smaller is the clip layer, my output layer then shows up the exact same 500 acres boundary I'm trying to clip with - which is clearly wrong (the larger tract is not clipped). Seeing the error, I reversed the input and clip files - switched the 500 acre tract to input and the 2000 acre tract as the clip - and the clip file then shows up as the exact same 500 acre boundary as the first failed clip, again wrong. WTH is wrong here? How does the clip boundary not cut the input boundary?

1:clip attempt w/ 2000 acre input, 500 acre clip

2:clip attempt w/ 500 acre input, 2000 acre clip 3: image of larger tract (dashed) w/ smaller (shaded) tract I'm trying remove from the larger tract

  • You can add an image by pressing Ctrl+G or by clicking the Image icon in the tool bar. Please edit your question and add the image to add more context to your question. – Germán Carrillo Feb 17 '15 at 16:59
  • Can you try the clip with editing turned off for the WellsFargo layer? – SaultDon Feb 17 '15 at 17:20
  • Hi - I thought that might be the issue, but I turned it off - same problem still occurs – Malamutte Feb 17 '15 at 17:30
  • "my output layer then shows up the exact same 500 acres boundary I'm trying to clip with" - Isn't that what the clip is supposed to do? Or is it a duplicate of the 500 acres layer (ie, same attributes without the attributes from the WellsFargo layer)? – SaultDon Feb 17 '15 at 17:34
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    "This parcel should be removed from the larger 2000 acre tract" I think that's a job for the difference tool instead of clip if you're looking to get a hole or erase the smaller polygon area from the larger polygon. – SaultDon Feb 17 '15 at 17:55
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From the comments, it became clear you were instead trying to remove the overlapping portion of the smaller polygon from the larger polygon.

You should use the "Difference" tool instead of the "Clip" tool.

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