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  1. @>|< thank you for answering the question. The docs made it seem like it would also do something with vectors guess it is just something to ignore
  2. @Aammppaa no, doesnt help. That goes over clip vs mask. I am asking what the BUTTON does. It makes a layer, but nothing can be in that layer and I don't see why it is needed or what its function is
  3. What does this button do? I've read this: https://affinity.help/photo/en-US.lproj/index.html?page=pages/Layers/LayerMasks.html?title=Layer masking and it isn't clear (in relation to how it is different from making an object / layer a child of whatever you want to use as a mask) clip-mask.mov
  4. @Aammppaa haven't tried the beta. Really, all I want is to setup a few layers in the background (texture-1, texture-2, texture-3) and then organize my layer panel however I want and for a few choice groups, layers, or objects, have them mask all the way to a specific layer (e.g. link-mask)
  5. @MEB I know that much still doesn't always work for me. While I have you here Mr pro can you explain what the button "Mask Layer" does since every reference video / article / blog post seems to rely on the child drop method
  6. So I am not new to Affinity Designer, but I am moving from basic user status into diving deeper into what the software can do. Recently, I asked a question regarding how to have a texture in one place (e.g. an image or a pixel layer) and use it in masks across several layers, groups, children etc. I was told this is currently no possible, but I could make the texture a symbol and then this would allow me to update the symbol and get a similar effect. However symbols are buggy as heck. If they are not buggy, than their "feature" feels very much like a bug. Copy and pasting a group / layer with symbols into a new document gets the symbols to highlight in the layers panel, but not in the symbol panel. What inspired me to write this post is that after several days of not working on a document which has a symbol used as described above, it appears somehow a "lighten" effect has been applied to the symbol which I can not remove. I can not desync, recreate the symbol, or anything in the existing document to fix this. So I just removed all the symbols and copy-pasted into a new document. In my (subjective) experience, documents with symbols also are more memory hungry than the same file without symbols (e.g. just opening one with symbols ramps fans, and one without does not). I give. I read the docs on symbols and they are both un-intuitive and buggy. I welcome anyone who can help explain why these things might occur, but I dont want to risk my document symbol's getting corrupted and having to remake a document because of this. They feel very much like the "Mask Layer" button which users more profession than I state that they have no idea what it does (since making something a child does what they want).
  7. @JimmyJack sometimes if I make the image a child of the text, then I do not get the mask effect
  8. @firstdefence yes, but I can't click to get there. Have to start in layers panel
  9. @firstdefence Thank you very much. Ah I had to click the mask. I was hoping I could just get there by hot keys (e.g. `T` to Art Text, click on my text-masked texture, and then like any other text box click (to set cursor) and edit the text that way. Not move all the way over to layers panel and click the mask!
  10. @firstdefenceI have tried both. Hot key T for Art text (this lets me select the mask but nothing else) or hot key T again (toggle to text frame)
  11. So here I have a simplified example. I have a background and two layers. How do I: 1. automatically export each layer I want (in this case Layer1 and Layer2, but it might be a subset of all topmost layers) independent (with all non selected layers non-visible) with the background 2. do this all at once?
  12. @firstdefence I can select the text mask, but I can not edit the text. I just end up making new "Art text" or new "Textbox" instead
  13. @JimmyJack I have a follow up. Suppose I have some text (either Textbox, Art-Text or a group of either). I have the same texture as before. I use the text as a mask (e.g. as you did above). Is there a way to edit that text (e.g. hot key t and change what it says) while it is still working as a mask? Or do I always have to unmask, edit, remask?
  14. @JimmyJackcan you upload that file so I can look at it and learn from it. Not sure exactly what everything you said means, e.g. lock children / bitmap

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