How to make a clipping path around a word say a name 'Joshua'. Then I need to take the path 'Joshua' and cut out a pattern I have created. How do I do this?


The key is to know the layers panel. Here I have a text as my top layer and below it there's a group of colored shapes:

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In the layers panel I right click the writing and select option Mask to Below. The text becomes a clipping mask for the group:

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The group can be replaced by a single shape or a photo. The text can be replaced by any vector shape or pixel pattern.

Mask to Below affects only one layer level downwards.


1) The parts can still be selected via the layers panel individually.It's easy to trash a group or masked shape.

2) Affinity D allows in many cases as well pixel patterns as vector shapes. Many tasks are easiest with mixing both. One should be aware how high pixel resolution is needed in the final usage of the drawing. That cannot be increased later.

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  • You are a genus thank you I did it!!!! I'm keeping your post to help me later Many thanks!! – Nicola Ann DePeza Apr 19 '19 at 9:39
  • Thanks, but no ingenuity was needed nor available. Unfortunately Affinity Designer hasn't good PDF user's guide. Experienced Illustrator or Inkscape user's find their way with the Help menu, but beginners need more. Watch tutorials . They have a starting link in AD's Help menu, too. If you can spend about $50,- get Affinity Designer Workbook. Consider to click accept button. It's the real way to thank here. – user287001 Apr 19 '19 at 11:34

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