I have a predefined geometry \big_area and want to fill it out cutting another predefined piece \cut_this_out from it. And I want to cut a whole "scope" from it and not an explicit definition of a shape.

\def \cutout {(0,0) --++ (3.5,0) --++ (0,7) --++ (-3.5,0) --++(0,-7)}

\def \mycircle {(0,0) circle (10)}


%This works
\fill[even odd rule] \mycircle \cutout;

%This doesn't work
%\fill[even odd rule] \mycircle \begin{scope}[xshift=1cm] \cutout \end{scope};


How do I do this?

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    'And' we want a complete minimal working example. :) – CroCo Dec 12 '15 at 22:23
  • That may be what you want but I strongly suspect that you cannot have it. A complete minimal example might enable somebody to suggest an alternative. Without that, I doubt anybody can be of much help. – cfr Dec 12 '15 at 22:37
  • I added a working minimal code – Caniko Dec 12 '15 at 22:49
  • That's not a minimal example. Please provide a minimal example which can be used to reproduce the problem you want help with i.e. copy-paste-compile and get a problem to work on. Your code will not compile, so cannot possibly count as a suitable minimal example. (Nor will it produce an error you are asking about when an attempt is made to compile it.) – cfr Dec 13 '15 at 2:19
  • Well, I guess you can put a scope in the middle of a path, after all. I didn't realise that \draw[fill, even odd rule] (0,0) circle (3) {[shift={(1cm,1cm)}](0,0) circle (1)}; would work. Interesting. But then I don't see why this doesn't answer the question. – cfr Dec 13 '15 at 2:24

One option with scopes library

%\usetikzlibrary{scopes} %<---- Somewhere in the preamble

\def\big_area{(0,0) circle (3)}
\def\cut_this_out{(0,0) circle (1)}
%\draw[fill, even odd rule] \big_area \cut_this_out;

\draw[fill, even odd rule] \big_area {[shift={(3cm,2cm)}]\cut_this_out};

For your own sanity, don't use underscores in TeX macro names.

  • you mean \draw[fill, even odd rule] \big_area [shift={(3cm,2cm)}]\cut_this_out}; – Caniko Dec 12 '15 at 22:54
  • Still I don't love this solution...I want to make another stuff with it. Scale..anchor..styles...I would love to have a fully working scope.. – Caniko Dec 12 '15 at 22:56
  • @Caniko No brace starts before [shift... and if you don't ask what you want you don't get it. Not my problem what you love. – percusse Dec 12 '15 at 23:36
  • I clearly asked to cut a whole "scope". and not to shift anything. What you suggested is a workaround for my minimal example. But the question is clearly asked I think. I upvoted your post. But it's not the solution I imagine. If there's no solution the way I imagine, it's absolutely ok. – Caniko Dec 12 '15 at 23:48
  • @Caniko Which exactly does that. Did you add the scopes library and compiled what I wrote? You changed your question with the shift. I don't get what you are trying to do. – percusse Dec 13 '15 at 0:21

Why can't you just do this? That is, why do you need a scope at all? It certainly isn't required for the examples you've given.

  \draw[fill, even odd rule] (0,0) circle (3) [shift={(1cm,1cm)}](0,0) circle (1);
\def \cutout {(0,0) --++ (3.5,0) --++ (0,7) --++ (-3.5,0) --++(0,-7)}
\def \mycircle {(0,0) circle (10)}
  \fill[even odd rule] \mycircle [xshift=1cm]\cutout;

cut out circle

cut out rectangle

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    @CroCo I don't think it is originally. I think I copied it from the question ;). – cfr Dec 13 '15 at 4:36

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