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Can I make a vector (line, shape, etc...) span more than one artboard?

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Unfortunately, you cannot have an object clipped to more than one artboard. This is due to the current layers logic. Please have a look at this discussion concerning the tree-like structure of documents:




Hope that helps …  :)


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You can create objects that span more than one artboard, but like A_B_C mentioned, the parent/child logic of the layers model means that the object must either be a child of just one of the artboards (& thus clipped to its dimensions) or on a layer not in any artboard (& thus not print or export as a part of any artboard).


An 'artboard-less' object might be helpful for snapping or as some kind of visual guide, but otherwise would not be of much use.


To create the effect of one object spanning multiple artboards, you could copy an 'artboard-less' one multiple times, & then move a copy into each artboard.

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I'm writing here as well to bump this thread. I really, really do not like this behaviour, as it feels more like a bug/baseless limitation based on a wrong choice by the Serif team than any of the other quirks in Affinity apps. :(

Check this post for details:


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