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  1. That did the trick! (At least for this one; it's late, so I'll have to try the others tomorrow.) Thank you so much!
  2. I'm sure this is user error, but I can't figure out what's different between these that are doing weird things and the ones that are behaving the way I expect them to, so I'm not sure what to do differently. I'm working in Affinity Designer, and I have a hollow circle (a ring) shape that I'm trying to combine, one by one, with other shapes. (The ring is a solid figure; it isn't an outline.) So I take that image (previously saved as an SVG, if I recall correctly), I place another solid shape over it, overlapping, and click "add." About 50% of the time, this does exactly what I expect --
  3. Oooh. Clever. I tried copying/pasting into a pre-existing pattern layer, but I didn't think to put it below and merge down. I do think that a pattern layer is inherently a raster layer.
  4. Only the details differ! (It looks like yours is on the diagonal, for instance.) I was able to "hack" my immediate project because the background is to be solid, so I just included the background in the pattern, but I would have preferred to be able to swap it out, so I'm hoping to sort out for next time whether I have other options for maintaining the transparency. This is an example of what I made. I wanted the white star to be its own layer, that I could place it over different colored backgrounds. (The texture is an overlay added later.)
  5. What I'm trying to do is create a pattern of a shape that repeats. It needs to have space between the repeated shapes, unlike for a typical repeating tile. I can't seem to figure out how to make this happen, because I can't get my selection to include the entire canvas area of a layer. So I have a shape in my source file. I've expanded the canvas to provide the buffer I need. I want to create a pattern layer from this to copy and paste into my destination file. But no matter what I do, I can't get the program to select/create a pattern layer from the entire layer and not just the singl
  6. I tried the stroke option. It wasn't possible to find a combination of stroke settings that actually left the inner and outer points of the starburst pointy like they're supposed to be -- at least not at that stroke width. Perhaps I did rasterize it by accident. In any event, I started over and was able to get everything converted the way it should be so I could subtract it.
  7. As a side note for anyone else reading this, I stumbled across this in a video about other things. Starting at 12:50 is an alternate way to visually cut a shape from another shape, which apparently doesn't require that they be vector objects. (This video attached by default and I'm not sure how to resize it. Sorry.)
  8. That is not exactly true. It doesn't have an image trace, no. But it does have a "convert to curves" option (which, as noted, worked on the identical shape object in the other layer). And it has vector-based tools within its options -- like the pen/node tool and (sort of) the shape tool.
  9. I think in this instance it's because only the white starburst is a vector object. The black one is a pixel layer. But I can't convert it to curves (that's also greyed out), and I don't understand why. I created both of them with the shape tool, and I converted the white one to curves, but it won't let me convert the black one. (Interestingly, I can rasterize the layer, but I can't convert it to curves.)
  10. I want to cut the dark starburst out of the white starburst (so I essentially have a thick outline). I can "add" or "divide." All the other options are greyed out. I run into similar options with relative frequency -- and see people post about similar issues frequently -- and I thought thar rather than posting individually about a zillion different individual scenarios, it might be good to know what kinds of things affect those menu options.
  11. I've noticed that the geometry tool often has only some of the options available, with all the others greyed out. I don't understand the pattern or logic behind this. Can someone explain to me what causes these options to become available/unavailable (apart from issues that would make them all unavailable)?
  12. The original creator didn't make that file available in a layered file format like a PSD? That's a strange image to sell as a JPG, since nobody is going to need it with that filler text in it.
  13. Nope. Newer versions don't fix the problem. Apparently there's some new setting in 1.9 which, especially in combination with some graphics drivers, is causing a lot of people problems. (Why it's still set as ON by default, given the number of crash reports, is beyond me.) I turned it off, and so far, I think it's behaving better. (I haven't had a chance to use AP all that much yet since changing it.) Edit > Preferences > Performance, and UNCHECK "Enable OpenCL compute acceleration." You then have to reboot for this change to take effect.
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