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.


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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