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I have a polygone shapefile and now I want to select a couple of polygons which are islands in one big polygon and clip that big polygon with these selected islands. I know that I can use ERASE tool but that is not a good solution because I must to export features in separate layers and after that to paste it back. So, I need some tool (clipper) which allow me to select more than one splitting polygons. I want it in ArcGIS 10.4, but if someone know solution in qgis that is acceptable too.

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Select the "island" polygons that you want to use to clip the big polygons.

Use the Clip tool in QGIS, with the following settings:

  • Input layer: Polygon shapefile
  • Overlay layer: Polygon shapefile, Selected Features only

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