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In the attached picture, #1 is a complex object (made with 24 shapes, converted to curves, joined or added together) and the #2 is a simple circle shaped object also converted to curve.

No. 2 is at bottom, No. 1 is at top. When I want to subtract #1 from #2, both the objects disappear. Why is that happening?

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Select all the relevant curves to be used as cutters:

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Choose the Add Button:

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This results in a single curve layer:

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When you select these two layers... being sure that the cutter is above in the layer stack, and then select the Subtract Button:

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You should get this result:

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Or at least, I reliably do; hope this helps.

  • True, I also expected that.. But for some reason, as I press the subtract button, the whole selection disappears and the layer tab shows one blank layer. – Bluebug Jan 29 at 17:58
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    I'd look for stray points or other unseen elements you've created outside your main geometry... or look for places where the combined objects reverse path definitions (lines cross one another) in a way which the program can't calculate final boolean results... but also I'd reach out to Affinity's tech support people - this is no longer a Graphic Design technique or advice question - this is a glitch with your specific file, install or process. – GerardFalla Jan 29 at 18:13
  • Are you also using the v1.6.5.123? – Bluebug Jan 29 at 18:38
  • V1.6.3.103 on Win 10, Affinity Designer for iOS on iPad Pro 1st generation running the latest iOS pushed for iPad Pro 1st gen, and I'm not at my Mac (at home) to check version there... – GerardFalla Jan 29 at 18:46
  • Then must be some bug. I bought from Microsoft store. – Bluebug Jan 30 at 0:30

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