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I can't seem to be able to split text in Affinity Designer? From what I can gather it's only shapes that can be divided?  Is there a way this can be achieved?

I've attached an example that I had to call my boyfriend and ask him to do this on Adobe Illustrator for me as I couldn't achieve this design like I was hoping to on Affinity. Is there any sign that this could be a feature in the near future? 

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Should the text be editable? I doubt this will work even in Illustrator.

I tried it, because I was curious and you can do this even in AD. Of course there will be better ways, but I am no AD expert at all.

1) Convert the text to curves and ungroup it.

2) Draw and rotate a rectangle with no stroke and fill colour of the text, where the split has to be.

3) Expand stroke of the rectangle.

4) Select all layers and use Divide on it.

5) Tidy up the produced layers.


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As said: There are better ways ...


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Thank you both for those suggestions!

Joachim_L - When I tried to do the divide with a line from the pen tool instead of a shape, and the text that I'd converted to curves, it just kept filling the inside of the O and P and not actually splitting any of the text like I needed it to. I'll have to try with the rectangle!

Old Bruce - With the masking layers method, how have you cropped it on a diagonal? It's confused me a little looking at the image. 

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1 hour ago, Catrin said:

Old Bruce - With the masking layers method, how have you cropped it on a diagonal? It's confused me a little looking at the image.

While @Old Bruce is otherwise occupied: you just need to rotate or skew the rectangle so that its top and bottom edges are sloping.


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3 hours ago, Catrin said:

Old Bruce - With the masking layers method, how have you cropped it on a diagonal? It's confused me a little looking at the image. 

See Alfred's reply. I only rotated the Rectangles because you have the slice at an angle.

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