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Non-Destructive Method to Cut Out Text From A Shape

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Someone asked a question in another forum about how to cut out shapes from each other in a non-destructive way. So I made this tutorial using a classic Saul Bass illustration as an example. It talks about some of the ways that are destructive (such as using the Boolean Subtract method) and then goes over a more flexible way with the Erase blend mode and also using Warp Meshes. Enjoy!



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You've forgotten to mention that this way, aka with an applied Erase blend mode, the whole then can't be exported as plain vectors anymore, as it will be rasterized on export.

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I skipped through the video on mute, so apologies if I have missed something, but another useful thing to use for this sort of thing are Compounds which do most of what you show in the video – non-destructively – and also leave the shape as vectors, and have other useful functionalities.

See this article for more information: https://affinityspotlight.com/article/creating-compound-shape-variants-using-boolean-operations/

Unfortunately you can’t use a Warp Group directly inside a Compound at the moment – you need to convert to curves, ungroup and merge the curves first – but that might change in the future.

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@v_kyr : Good point, I never considered this.


@GarryP : Yes, I actually used Compounds when preparing for the video and was going to mention it, but I decided to keep it simple and just feature the Erase blend mode. However, now I think I'll make a follow-up video explaining compounds. Thanks!

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