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Instead of a gradient fill, is there a way to use a textured (let's say watercolour effect) brush to fill inside a shape.  I can only get the textured brush to follow the outline path of the shape.

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  • Create a pixel layer below the layer containing the shape that you want to fill
  • Cover the pixel layer with enough brush strokes to fill the shape
  • Right-click on the shape layer in the Layers panel and choose 'Mask to Below'

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Here's what I usually do.  Create your shape, (pen tool or pick a shape tool) switch to pixel persona, if not already in it, click on the "insert inside the selection" button in the top tool shelf, pick the paint tool, pick a brush and go for it. Sounds like a few steps but it's pretty intuitive. Basically it does what Alfred's post says but more automatically, if that makes sense. :-)

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One way is to put a stroked curve inside the shape. Screenshot below shows the curve (just a straight line stroked with a watercolour texture brush) alone, the curve masked by the shape, and the curve clipped by the shape.

 

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Thank you Alfred, retrograde & owenr.  I can use all these three.  The tut video I was following (not specifically for Affinity) outlined the technique retrograde explained... I think I hadn't changed the persona missed selecting the paint tool.  works perfectly now.  Many thanks.

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You're welcome Emerald15.

 

It's a nice workflow, and when you want to go back and paint in a particular shape just go to the layers panel and click on the appropriate pixel layer. Whats cool as well is you can tweak the containment shape, reshape it, resize it, etc... or move the pixel layer around inside the shape. You can even have more than one pixel layer inside a shape, with different blend modes. Super flexible. ;) 

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Is there a way to get this to work on a group.

For example, i have grouped 4 overlapping Vectors that are not connected.

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How can i achieve that the lines are work as a border for my brush tool?

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EDIT

Oops, sorry, I was wrong in my answer, you want to use a brush.

Instead of putting a color, you select the shape you have drawn, "Layer", "Insert", "Inside", choose the brush and draw over it.

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Hmm, doesn't seem to work for me. Maybe its because i want to draw with a pixel brush.

I did a workaround with - Expand Stroke - select booth - add - divide- delete the outer - an than i have a shape of the inner that i can brush.

But its a little bit of work.

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