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Hi, 

I was trying to create a shape by overlapping a circle shape with another circle shape (the 2nd circle was only the stroke and with no fill) when I tried to crop (subtract) the first circle with the 2nd circle the program cut the shape as if there 2nd circle had a fill and ignoring it was only the stroke (see attached). 

I had to convert the circle in to a donut to perform this. :)

Thanks

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Hello iTux,

 

Select the two outer circles, "Layer" menu, "Expand Stroke". Then select the three circles and do the "Subtract" operation.

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18 hours ago, iTux said:

the program cut the shape as if there 2nd circle had a fill and ignoring it was only the stroke

 

That’s by design. The Geometry operations only work with filled shapes, not strokes.


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On 24/3/2018 at 0:32 PM, iTux said:

Hi, 

I was trying to create a shape by overlapping a circle shape with another circle shape (the 2nd circle was only the stroke and with no fill) when I tried to crop (subtract) the first circle with the 2nd circle the program cut the shape as if there 2nd circle had a fill and ignoring it was only the stroke (see attached). 

I had to convert the circle in to a donut to perform this. :)

Thanks

Screen Shot 2018-03-24 at 12.26.59 PM.png

You can do the following, if it suits your purposes:

  • Have your main shape.
  • Do the lines and figures you want to use.
  • Drag them inside the main shape.
  • Change the blend mode to Erase.
  • This way it's non destructive and you won't have to expand the strokes.

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How can I say it is a more complex object? In Corel Draw, the outline went from the object and then subtracted it. unfortunately it's not here :-(

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Hi FrantaB,
Welcome to Affinity Forums :)
I'm not sure I understood your post properly so apologies if this doesn't address your issue. Affinity Designer (which I believe is what you are using since you mentioned CorelDraw) isn't able to perform boolean operations (Add, Subtract etc) between shapes and lines - only between shapes. So if you need to subtract a line from a shape you have to first convert it (the line) to a shape going to menu Layer > Expand Stroke with the line selected. You can then perform the subtract operation as usual.

Let me know if you still have issues or I haven't addressed it properly.

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