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How to stop a mask from affecting a particular layer

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Welcome to the Serif Affinity Forums, Steele. :)

Without being able to see the Layers panel it’s impossible to know the structure of the document, but you can restrict the effect of a mask by nesting it in, or grouping it with, the target layer. If you can supply more details, or attach a Designer document or a better screenshot, it should be possible to advise you further.

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57 minutes ago, Alfred said:

you can restrict the effect of a mask by nesting it in, or grouping it with, the target layer

1 hour ago, steeleaffinity said:

How would I go about doing that in affinity designer?

It's for Affinity Photo, but this tutorial nicely demonstrates the general Affinity concept of masking and clipping layers:

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