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How to Make a Split Monogram in Affinity Designer
  • By Design Bundles
  • 24 Jun 2021
  • 9 Mins
  • Affinity Tutorials

How to Make a Split Monogram in Affinity Designer

Making a split monogram in Affinity Designer is a fun and simple way to change up any design into one that can be personalized with a name or address.
In this tutorial, we'll be using a Mandala Keychain Svg Design which is featured in the Plus section of Design Bundles.

Step 1. Place the original image on your Affinity Canvas.


Start with your SVG on your canvas you can make it as large or small as you want. You can also resize it after you have finished working on the modifications.
Splitting the Image Affinity Designer

Step 2. Draw a rectangle.


The shape tool is located on the left toolbar and will have an icon of the currently selected shape. Click on the shape and change the selection to the rectangle if it is not already selected. Then you can draw out your rectangle that will be used to split the design.
Drawing a rectangle Affinity Designer

Step 3. Expand the rectangle.


Once you have the size of your rectangle pinned down you can click on the button on the bottom toolbar that is called "To Curves". This completes the operation to turn your drawing into an object that can be manipulated.
Expanding to Curves Affinity Designer.

Step 4. Split the image.


Step 1. Select both objects.


Position your rectangle where you want your blank space to be and select both objects by dragging your mouse or pencil around both items.
Selecting Both Objects Affinity Designer

Step 2. Subtract the rectangle


With both objects selected click on the Edit menu. You will find this at the top of the screen with an icon of 3 dots and then click on Subtract.
Subtracting the Rectangle Affinity Designer
In basic terms, you are using the rectangle as a kind of cookie cutter to remove the part of the mandala that is under the rectangle.
Subtracted Image Affinity Designer
 

Step 5. Add a finished border to the split design.


Step 1. Create a rectangle


Using the same steps as you did above create another rectangle and expand it. This time I chose to make it slightly wider than the mandala design and skinny to create a border.
Creating a Border Affinity Designer

Step 2. Duplicate the rectangle


Click on the Edit menu at the top of the screen and select duplicate. This will create an exact copy of your rectangle on top of the original.
Duplicating the rectangle Affinity Designer

Step 3. Place the Border


Take your pencil or mouse and drag one of the rectangles to the top of your blank space and the other one to the bottom of your blank space. Don't worry about them not being aligned, we can take care of that in the next step. Make sure that both of the rectangles are very slightly overlapping the mandala.
Placing the border affinity designer

Step 6. Use the color picker to change the colors


Locate the Color Studio on the right side of the screen. It is represented by an icon of a dot filled with the currently selected color. Click on it to open more options.
Locating the Color Studio Affinity Designer
Select the icon that looks like an eyedropper tool and drag it over an area on the main image to select that color as the active color.


With both red rectangles selected, click on the purple dot to change the red rectangles to purple.
Change colors Affinity Designer

Step 7. Align the border


Step 1. Locate the Transform Studio


Drag your mouse or pencil around all three objects on the screen. And select the Transform Studio. You can locate this on the right toolbar, it is represented by an icon of a square with another square in the corner.
Transform Studio Affinity Designer

Step 2. Select the Alignment Tool


After selecting the Transform Studio at the bottom of the panel that opens is a selection called Alignment Options. Click on this option.
Aligning the parts Affinity Designer

Step 3. Align all three parts of the design


Make sure that you have selected all three elements of the design. There are several options in the Alignment Options. For this design, you will choose Align Horizontally at the top and select the icon that has two rectangles and a blue line going vertically down the center. This will ensure your design is centered.
Alignment tool Affinity Designer

Step 8. Combine the design


Again with all three elements selected. Hit the Edit Menu and select Add in the Geometry section of the menu.
Uniting the parts Affinity Designer

Step 9. Export or add to the design


From here you can simply export the design as an SVG and upload it to your cutting software or you can add some more detail to it such as a name or address in the space.
I chose Scribbles font, from the Plus Section of Design Bundles to add some text to the design.
Added text Affinity Designer
If you liked this tutorial, check out the rest of our Beginner Affinity Designer Tutorials such as how to access the Preferences Panel, how to make a gradient, and how to use the color picker.

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