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Group Layers In Affinity Designer Tutorial Beginner's Guide

By Andrew Buckle, Video Tutorial Creator / Designer

Updated : 2021


How to group layers in Affinity Designer. The key panel is the layers panel and the key command is the edit menu and paste inside. Select some paths and copy them via the keyboard or menu. Goto another path and then select that, goto the edit menu again and use the paste inside command. You will now see the select path but beneath that you will see all the pasted paths and they are inside the design and you can continue to manipulate those designs such as scale them or add effects and adjustments etc as well as rotate them but they will be confined by the main container path.


You can select any of the paths and then right click and then select the group command. All the paths selected are now grouped and can be moved around the Affinity Designer as a group or as one.


You can select the group and hold down the alt or option key and drag and duplicate the group, you will then have another group and you can move that indiependent of the earlier group as well as re-color etc


You can also add adjustment layers to the group. If you have selected the group and you go to the layer menu and new adjutsment layer, the adjustment will only be applied to that group and not to any of the other groups or the container. So if it is a black and white say, only that selected group will have the adjustment layer and only that will be turned into black and white.


You can move groups into groups, simply drag the group into the side of the other group and a little highlight will appear to show that you are adding the group / paths to that group.


Within the group, the paths can still be independently manipulated so if you are using a circle etc you can always go to the convert to curves and then move the individual points of one or more paths with the node tool.


If you want to move a path out of a group or above or below another path in the group, simply select and then drag above or below or drag the path out of the group and place it above the entire group or below the group entry. The other paths in the group will be untouchbed.