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Having trouble subtracting an outline from a shape


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All I want to accomplish is have the “outline” of the horse shape be transparent rather than white. I’d like to use the design on Cricut (I’ve been able to cheat and erase extra white so far) and on business cards and platforms with colored backgrounds so the white is not ideal. I’m trying to subtract is from the back shape and am having a hard time. Help? I have a screen recording and file copy attached 😬

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1 hour ago, Sarahreneee said:

I’m trying to subtract is from the back shape and am having a hard time.

You’re trying to subtract strokes but you need to subtract closed curves. Select the white layer and choose ‘Expand Stroke’ from the Edit (‘...’) menu, and then perform the ‘Subtract’ operation as before.

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1 hour ago, Alfred said:

You’re trying to subtract strokes but you need to subtract closed curves. Select the white layer and choose ‘Expand Stroke’ from the Edit (‘...’) menu, and then perform the ‘Subtract’ operation as before.

I think I already did expand the stroke to create the accurate outline of the shape in the first place though /:

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