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Attached are a series of screenshots for reference. I just want to combine the four layers into one shape. See the results with each boolean option. None of them accomplish simply combining them as they look live. For reference, the fill color is hidden. Each layer is stroked. Please advise.

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KC

 

Live

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Add

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Subtract

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Intersect

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XOR

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Divide

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@KCP, it would help if you can attach the .afdesign file with the 4 shapes in it to a post so we can see how they are constructed.


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select the shapes and go to layer>expand stroke, and than do a boolean add.


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@LyricsGirl

Did you try convert to curves ?

And if the holes are filled check the fillmode layer>fillmode>alternate


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Yes, both before  than I tried after Expand curves.  It is frustrating! I want to create typograpghy  overlays of for cutting files and cannot do it untill I master tyhis bit!  Someone did suggest I select the 'filled holes' then erade them, but that would take too much time.. Not very practical. Just frustrating!!

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Why not just create a compound1616767659_ScreenShot2019-10-17at11_50_39.thumb.png.b164c8ef95f66c22fe3e8a6b2f0c44da.png

 


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2 minutes ago, LyricsGirl said:

Umm I am wanting to combine TEXT as well as shapes.. Mainly Text..  What is a compound?

 

So much to learn!

 

 

 

Compounds provide a flexible approach to creating a variety of shapes from separate objects using Boolean operations.

Unlike joining objects, creating a Compound is a non-destructive process. This means a Compound can be added to, or broken apart, at any time. Objects within the Compound can also be removed and modified without restriction, if and when desired.

Objects within a Compound interact with each other depending on their individual compound mode. This mode can be changed at any time; each mode can be previewed in realtime on selection.

https://affinity.help/designer/English.lproj/pages/ObjectControl/compound.html


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Here is a short video on how to get want you asked for.

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The person who originally asked about this - regarding SHAPES i am following   but interested too.  Can you do this with text as well?

 

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Hi LyricsGirl,
Yes, you can perform boolean operations (add, subtract etc) with text. You can also do it while keeping the text editable using compounds. For example draw two independent letters with the Artistic Text Tool, make sure they overlap each other, with both selected press and hold alt and click the Add boolean operation icon in the main toolbar - this generates a compound object which you can expand in the Layers panel (clicking the small arrow on the left of the thumbnail) so you can select/access and edit the two letters individually.

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15 hours ago, LyricsGirl said:

When I ADD all shapes/layers especially TEXT, 'holes' fill  and so it ends up a mess.

How are you adding the components of the text, Angela? The counters (‘holes’) will fill in if you divide, because you’re separating the ‘hole’ shape from the surrounding shape, but they shouldn’t fill in if you’re adding the letter to itself or a copy of itself.


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9 minutes ago, Alfred said:

How are you adding the components of the text, Angela? The counters (‘holes’) will fill in if you divide, because you’re separating the ‘hole’ shape from the surrounding shape, but they shouldn’t fill in if you’re adding the letter to itself or a copy of itself.

I AM ADDING in Boolean! That is why I am frustrated!   I am also wondering.. as I do not create fonts is it possiblwethe font is at fault?  e.g. I do se some  free fonts. The ones I have purchased are not cheap ones... but purchased when they were  on a really great price deal..

It is getting late here (Ozs).. so  later tomorrow I will do a screen recording of me creating a text  working and attempting to combine using the ADD boolean so you can see what I mean!  Thank you everyone.I really appreciate your assistance! Especially as this post id someone elses!!

 

 

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18 minutes ago, firstdefence said:

Here is a short video on how to get want you asked for.

I noticed you used an 'expand stroke' step in the video. The OP mentioned that in the screenshots the curves were stroked & their fill colors were "hidden". I'm not sure if that means the fill color(s) were temporarily set to no color or what, but if each curve was originally a simple shape with a stroke & fill, I don't think the end result would be quite what the OP wanted, assuming it was a single shape that could be filled with a color covering the inside of the overall shape.


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3 minutes ago, LyricsGirl said:

later tomorrow I will do a screen recording of me creating a text  working and attempting to combine

It will obviously be easiest for others to confirm your results if you can reproduce the effect with a free font.

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3 hours ago, dutchshader said:

select the shapes and go to layer>expand stroke, and than do a boolean add.

That worked. Thank you.

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