Square Star Tool in Affinity Photo tutorial

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By Andrew Buckle, Updated : 2021

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How to use the square star tool in Affinity Photo, how to use the starry vector design with colors, sides, cutouts etc


1. Where

You can find the square star tool in the Affinity Photo tools. It is part of the collection of vector tools such as the cloud tool etc As soon as you select the tool, you will see two new options appear in the top bar of the application.

2. Basic settings

You can set the sides as well as the cutout of the design. You can set them via the top bar and you can also set the cutout interactively via the dot on the shape which can be set between 0 and 100%. So what is the square star, well it is a star design but with flattened points. You can use the sides / cutout to create chunky stars as well as rounded stars as well as intense star burst designs.

3. Convert to curves

You can use the square star tool in its native form, you can also convert it to curves (or turn it into a standard path). Why would you want to do that ? You can then manipulate the points or nodes of the design via the node tool (found in the tools bar) and you can then add points and move points or nodes to create all kinds of magical artwork in Affinity Photo

4. Layer Fx

You can also keep the square star shape selected and then go to the layers panel and go to the bottom and select the effects button and add a shadow or bevel to your artwork.

5. Combine with other shapes

You can create the square star artwork and then create another shape such as an ellipse and with the two shapes you can select both of them in the layers panel (found via the view menu and studio) and then go to the layer menu and geometry and select add or subtract etc to combine the two shapes to create a new unique vector design.