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Hi!  I'm back!!!  LOL  So, I realize that we don't have a merge function in AD.  I understand that I can put two objects into a layer L and I understand about the groups as well.   And I don't mind doing this, but it makes things harder for a client to understand if she wants to edit a color or shape.  So, I've been playing with the booleen (sp wrong) operation and I can put them together if I click add, but when I do that it makes the color of both objects the same.  I'm putting two objects together that are two colors and I would like them to remain that way and I haven't found this by searching and trying to figure out myself.  Does anyone know how to do this?  Thank you in advance!!

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Try>help>object control
There's enough explaining what each function does.
Specifically look for the joining objects and compound objects.

 


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An example of what you are working on might help.

To help people understand what Boolean Merge does in Illustrator, the blue circle was uppermost (on top)
Screen-Shot-2019-04-17-at-08-17-26.png

Merge: Removes the part of a filled object that is hidden. Removes any strokes and merges any adjoining or overlapping objects filled with the same color.

Source: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/combining-objects.html


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To get a comparable effect in Affinity

  1. Make 2 circles
  2. Colour them
  3. Duplicate the top layer circle
  4. Select the 2 lower circle layers and do a boolean subtract.
  5. group if required.

This will give you the same effect as Boolean merge.

Update: Did the write up in a hurry; what a surprise lol! anyway I missed the part where boolean merge will boolean add together same colour shapes that are adjoining or overlapping, so you would end up with the post merge image if 2 of the circles were the same colour, also notice the strokes have been removed.

Pre Merge
Pre-Merge.png

Post merge
Post-Merge.png

This step makes simulating boolean merge a more hands-on effect, where you would have to manually select any layer that is the same colour and Overlapping or adjoining, The adjoining I think refers more to angular shapes like squares where they are butted together they will merge but circles will not.


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Or 

  1. Create circles with different colour
  2. Select both shapes >geometry divide
  3. Select parts that are overlapping > geometry add
  4. Group if all required

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