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I tried to apply "Xor" or "Divide" operation on a vector design to separate opaque background from a foreground object in the design. As I understand them, both operations failed. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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15 minutes ago, MiriamBoulderCO said:

I tried to apply "Xor" or "Divide" operation on a vector design to separate opaque background from a foreground object in the design. As I understand them, both operations failed. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Options:

  • Workarounds, workarounds, workarounds
  • Use other vector drawing programs for divide/xor
  • Serif have been told for years that divide (and more) is unusable in many use cases - Serif may improve it in the forthcoming release 1.9 of Designer - no one knows for sure when or if it will be improved

If you need more precise suggestions you could share your file(or something similar) with us. 🙂

Personally I gave up - I use other programs for work that requires medium advanced features for me to work in an acceptable pace. Or work at all.


I gave up using Designer (even for hobby use) - a "professional" vector drawing program without actual vector features. Waiting for five years in vain is more than any company can ask for.

Maybe if Affinity Designer 2.0 gets real and advanced vector features I can it use. Until then... I am a customer, potential upgrader and an active observer with an opinion. 

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Well, thanks for that help. Now I can stop banging my head against the wall. As a new user of AD, I was unaware that the failure was a 'bug' and not some complication that I did not yet fully appreciate (locked object; pixel persona vs design persona, raster vs vector.....etc). I am also not a designer!!! So always suspect my ignorance before I suspect a bug!!! So THANKS for the heads up. Was hoping for more from Designer. Maybe I need Illustrator, but don't want to pay my good hard-earned money to Adobe for a program I use rarely. hmmnnnn....

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41 minutes ago, MiriamBoulderCO said:

I was unaware that the failure was a 'bug' and not some complication

Without giving an exact description of what you want to do, it's hard to judge. But from what you write here,

1 hour ago, MiriamBoulderCO said:

separate opaque background from a foreground object

however, I feel that you may not be using vector boolean functions correctly.


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13 hours ago, MiriamBoulderCO said:

I tried to apply "Xor" or "Divide" operation on a vector design to separate opaque background from a foreground object in the design.

From that description, it sounds like you have a raster image,, not a vector design. If you had a vector object you would not need to do anything to separate it from a background.

The boolean operations are only used with vector objects, not with raster objects.

If you can share your design, or at least a screenshot of the workspace and the Layers studio panel, someone may be able to advise an alternate approach.


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