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Welcome to the Affinity Forums, Chaz. :)


The Pen Tool is used for drawing. If you want to create a selection, switch to the Pixel Persona and use the selections tools there.

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Hi Jmac,


Affinity Designer doesn't support transforming Pen Tool paths into selections as it is a vector drawing application. Our photo editing app Affinity Photo does support converting paths to selections :)




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Hi Chaz,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

As Callum said this feature is currently only available in Affinity Photo (convert paths to selections and masks).

Here's a tip to work around the problem in Designer: draw your shape with the Pen Tool as usual, fill it with any colour and no stroke, then to "convert" it to a selection press and hold ⌘ (cmd) and click over the object's thumbnail in the Layers panel. Affinity will create a selection from the layer contents.

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The create a selection from the layer's content feature is really useful. However, I keep expecting to find it as an item in the Layer menu because invoking it with a ⌘-click isn't obvious & I don't use it enough to remember that is how it is done.


I don't know if others have the same problem -- I am old & my memory is not what it once was -- but I think it would be helpful to add it to the Layer menu, or to the contextual menu in the Layers panel.


Anybody else think this is worthy of a feature request?

Affinity Photo 1.10.5, Affinity Designer 1.10.5, Affinity Publisher 1.10.5;  2020 iMac 27"; 3.8GHz i7, Radeon Pro 5700, 32GB RAM; macOS 10.15.7
Affinity Photo & Affinity Designer 1.10.5 for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iPadOS 15.0.2

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