Affinity Designer - Splitting Artwork

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Splitting artwork allows you to print larger than your printers' maximum sheet size.
Here we detail the steps to split artwork using Affinity Designer.


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Merge Layers

These steps apply for Vector artwork only.

1) Select the Layers panel and click the arrow next to 'Layer 1' to show all Layers.

2) Select all layers (Ctrl + A) and Ungroup (Ctrl + Shift + G).

3) Re-Group all the layers back into one layer (Ctrl + G).

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Normalize Layers

1) Select the 'Group' Layer and drag it above 'Layer 1'.

2) Delete 'Layer 1'.

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Duplicate

Duplicate the group.
1. Copy (Ctrl + C).
2. Paste (Ctrl + V).

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Draw the Split

Select the Pencil Tool and draw a rough shape across one half of the image.

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Fill

Apply a fill colour to the curve.

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Rectangle the Remainder

Select the Rectangle Tool and cover the remaining artwork with a rectangle.

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Layer Order

Send the rectangle layer behind the layer you drew with the pencil tool earlier.

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Divide Layers

Select both layers and click the "Divide" button (marked with a red 2 on the image overleaf).

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Merge Layers

Select both layers (rectangle and pencil drawn) then click the 'Add' button.

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Apply Paths

1) Select the layer labelled Curve.

2) Drag the Curve layer into a group layer; a blue strip will appear, this is when you release the mouse.

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Split Artwork

Now you can separate the two halves of the artwork.

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Create New

Seperate the artwork onto two (or more) pages and print.


Press

We will now press 2 x A4 sheets (from our A4 printer) onto a T-Shirt to make an A3 print.


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Print

We have printed 2 x A4 sheets.

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Press A+B

Press the A+B papers of Self Weeding Dark as per the instructions.

https://www.transferpaper.com/swdark.php

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Ready to Apply

With the B-Paper pressed onto the A-Foil, we are now ready to apply the transfers to our textile.

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Press the Top Half

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Peel Top Half & Press the Bottom Half

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Done

The transfer is complete.

We have split our artwork to create an A3 print with our A4 printer.

You could also do this with your A3 printer to print A2; or split your artwork in any way you like to create even larger prints.
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