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Hi,

 

I am new to Affinity Photo and Designer and graphic software in general, so I have a very basic question. 
 

How can I use a shape in AP to mask out an area of another shape. For example, I have a big rectangle and I want to design a keyhole into it, so that the area of the keyhole is transparent and I can look through the rectangle onto the background. I tried to achieve this but every time I use a mask on the rectangle I only cut out everything outside the mask, but I want to cut out the mask or shape itself out of the rectangle. 

 

Thanks. 

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Started with a transparent background document, not sure if this matters because the background in this case, is the mountain image. Then make the shapes with the standard tools, had to make the keyhole shape from a circle and and square shape. Then of course the big rectangle. Place keyhole shape on top of rectangle, then select both, right click the selections and go to geometry, Subtract. Then just lower the opacity of the layer, thats what I did, to your liking.

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Thanks for your help, this works quite well, but unfortunately this cuts out the keyhole and combines everything to a new curve. I mean I can make changes with the curve tool, but it would be nice to have the keyhole on its own layer. 

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Then I guess you could invert the mask of the keyhole shape on the rectangle, and let the image show through. Still don't know how you can do this with all objects on different layers. Sorry I tried.

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Hi ske_creative,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

Do the following:

- right-click on the Persona toolbar on top and select Customize Toolbar... scroll down to the bottom and drag the Operations section to the toolbar (you will need this to follow the next steps).

- draw you rectangle and keyhole shape (on top of the rectangle) then select both press ⌥ (option/alt) and click on the Subtract boolean operation button you just added to the toolbar - this will create a compound shape (check the Layers panel to expand it and access the original shapes individually)

- then drag this Compound layer over an image layer's thumbnail to use it as a mask.

 

Note: currently there's no way to create a compound shape using just the menus. That's why i suggested to customize the toolbar in the first step.

 

I think this is what you're trying to achieve. Let me know if you still have trouble.

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Along the lines of the original question, is there any way (or plans of a way) to be able to just use a mask in case you wanted to edit the keyhole after the fact?

Scenarios where this would be useful is a solid logo that has a text cutout in the middle and you decide to change the text/font, you'll have to go through all those steps every time.

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Welcome to the Serif Affinity Forums, Jarrnie. :)

 

As MEB indicated, Option/Alt-clicking on the 'Subtract' icon results in a compound shape which gives you access to the individual components, so you would be able to edit the text at any time by expanding the Compound layer in the Layers panel and selecting the text layer there.


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Ah! Alt clicking on the subtract option is the key, still in v 1.8. Thanks.

It would still be nice if this type of subtract feature could be integrated with the Mask function, as sort of a "Negative Mask" option. In this way, all the cutter tools could be made to be on the same layer.

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