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Good Morning folks,

Thanks for the group of Affinity Designer tutorials.  I've watched all of them.  Now, I'm working through them step-by -step.  I am working with the tutorial titled 'For Beginners Too'. I've ran into a problem.  I've reached the point where two objects are to be combined - the blood on top with the blood dripping down - in order to edit them as a single group.  The tutorial instructs me to select both objects, then to hold down the alt/option key then click on the first combine icon with the '+' sign on it.  My results differ from the tutorial (see attached screen shot).  I don't have the one combined object with separate editable components.  What am I doing wrong?


Thanks for your help,

Paul Ocala, Florida


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Hi PaulDean,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

This is due to a bug that prevents the boolean operation Add to work properly (already logged).


To "fix" your project do the following:

- select the shape on the top (the large one)

- change to the Node tool and drag a marquee around all nodes of the shape

- click on the Smooth button in the Convert section on the context toolbar

You can now perform the add operation as indicated in the tutorial, selecting both shapes and pressing and holding ⌥ (option/alt) while clicking on the add icon.

The result should be correct.

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MEB, are you sure it is the shift & not the alt/option key that should be held down to create a compound object? For me. only the alt/option key does this.

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