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Today, I am going to show you how to separate elements when they're, grouped together on one layer in a JPEG or PNG file like what you see on this screen, so I'm going to close this out, and we want to start by opening up the file directly.

So you're not going to open up a document like we normally do you're going to open the file that you want to be separating your layers from directly so we'll come to file open and I'm going to select this one that I pulled from Adobe stock.

This was actually a perfect example, because there are a bunch of elements, all groups together on one layer.

The reason why we want to open the file directly is so that we can maintain the overall size and resolution of that file.

Your files should say that it is a pixel layer up in the top left of your screen.

Where you have your context, toolbar, it may also say it in parentheses, here, depending on the file itself, you'll notice that we can see our resolution is at 300 DPI right here as well, so we want all of that to be maintained when we extract all of these separate elements.

Most often I see things like alphabet sets grouped together on one layer like this, and this is just the most effective way to separate them.

So you're going to start by deselecting that lock, icon and unlocking the layer.

We want to be able to work with this background layer, and we can't do that.

While it is locked, there are a couple of different ways which you can go about this and I'm going to show you two options.

The first is to Simply use your selection brush tool to select one of the layers.

That's in here that's available in the pixel persona.

You can find the pixel Persona by clicking, where you see this, like scattered, pixel dots.

With your background layer selected, you will then choose the selection brush tool, which is going to look like the paintbrush with a little dotted line attached to it.

You want to make sure that the mode is set to add and you can adjust the width of that nozzle.

That's that Circle part we see on our screen right up in here.

You can use the slider or you can manually enter something in I prefer to have snap to edges check marked as well as soft edges to make sure that I get the best Trace, especially with watercolor elements like this.

Once you have your settings ready, come on down to your graphic and choose which one you would like to extract now, you'll find that when you're trying to work with elements that are really close to the background, color like in this case, maybe they have a lot of white.

It doesn't always go smoothly because the colors are just so close together, but I have a trick for that I'm, going to show you in a minute um for other elements that don't blend as well.

It is fairly quick and easy to just go over them with that nozzle.

You just click and hold on your cursor or sorry on your mouse and for finer areas.

You will need to actually zoom in and shrink down that nozzle sum to snap it in when you have that snap to edges.

It does automatically snap to those edges and you can always look for areas you might need to clean it up like right.

There we've got a little Gap.

We can just switch over to subtract and click, and that will snap that right in we'll come over to add, and we still need to get this stem so I'm going to bring this nozzle down really small and see if I can zoom in and get that stem nicely.

I do find that with really fine areas like this, it helps to just click instead of trying to drag and it'll automatically fill in the space, and you can just kind of clean it up where you need to now.

We do have a full video on our YouTube channel of some other different ways, which you can remove a background, and this is really not all that different from removing a background.

We are just purposely trying to extract our actual elements.

So that's why I decided to make this a second video.

It was a question that had come through so I'm just going to finish up going through my little stem here and while we're doing that, I'll remind you that if you enjoy this video tutorial- and you want to learn everything there is to know about Affinity designer, as well as gain access to new videos for all of the future.

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That which will save you thirty dollars upon signing up I need to zoom in just a little bit more to get this last little section you can see as we zoom in it looks a little bit more pixelated because of how tiny the this particular spaces, but that's okay, all right, I'm, going to grab my subtract tool and I'm just going to touch up some of these spots here that are a little too over into the White and then anytime.

You are working with an element that has some really fine lines and edges like something: that's watercolor, you want to come up to where this says refine and when you click on refine.

It's going to add this red background and just give you a look at what is actually been selected and the software just kind of cleans up around your selection.

So once you see that and you're all set, you can come down here to Output and choose new layer from the drop down, and that is actually going to take that element that you just traced and it is going to extract it into a new layer.

You can go ahead and click apply and there you have it.

It hit the bottom layer, but you can see that now you have this Leaf layer ready to go ready for you to export that, so you can use it for whatever digital project you might have in mind, so I'm just going to hide that one for right now and I'll actually move it below my whole background layer and I'm going to select that background again and turn the visibility back on now notice that we still have that leaf layer because we didn't actually extract it.

We just duplicated that section out.

So whenever you have elements that are really close or you're having a hard time tracing them here is a trick that you can do you want to have none of your layers selected and then you're, going to come down to the bottom and you're going to choose, add pixel layer, which is the icon.

That looks like a checkerboard in both version one and version two.

With that pixel layer selected, you are going to come to your flood fill tool, which is the one that looks like a paint bucket I recommend just using red as your fill color, because it's easiest to see so where you are on your color panel.

Select your fill, Circle choose red and then just click that paint bucket onto the screen.

You'll notice that your icon now shows that it is a red rectangle.

If you are using version, 2 of affinity designer you may have an icon here.

Instead of actually seeing your graphic, you can correct that by coming to this lined menu and choosing thumbnail backgrounds, you can choose the different light, dark Auto and then you can choose if you want thumbnails or object type now, I personally, like thumbnails, so I have that selected.

Thumbnails is what shows you the actual picture of the layer.

Instead of the icon type.

With that pixel layer selected, you are going to come up to your blend mode layer blend mode menu, which is this drop down right here in the layers panel and we're going to choose color burn now.

I want to come to my background layer, I'm going to right click and select duplicate or you can use Ctrl or command J.

Next I want to hold down my shift key and select both the pixel layer and that first background layer together, you may also have to use control depending on controller command if you're using a Mac, we are going to right click on those two and select group, and then we are going to right click on that group and select rasterize.

This is going to make that into one layer that we see here now we're going to come back to our selection brush tool once again, and we have that pixel layer selected we'll come over to this Rose I want to make sure it's set to add.

I need a much bigger nozzle than this for this now good and then we'll just drag that over notice.

It very quickly grabbed it.

So that was perfect.

We are then going to deselect or or hide the pixel layer, that's on top, so you can where it says: toggle visibility, you just click that dot.

It's an eyeball, looking icon in version, one of affinity designer and then we're going to select the layer below come to edit, choose copy and then edit again and choose paste or you can do controller command, C and then V and now that has become its own layer as well.

Before you continue on to your other pieces, you want to make sure to come, to select and choose deselect or use controller command D.

Just so you don't still have that other selection, Zone together and really from there you'll just keep repeating the process so you'll grab that top pixel layer and select your next flower.

So let's say we want to grab this one.

We will deselect it grab that background layer and then again do that copy and paste, and there we have it.

So you can continue on to break up all of your elements or alphabets whatever it is that you happen to have with the project that you're working with when you're all done.

You want to take your each individual layer and you're going to select that and come to file export and where it says area you want to have PNG selected where it says area you're going to choose selection only- and this is just going to export- that clipart element.

You'll click on export, to open your file explorer and then you can save each individual layer element from your one main layer as separate files so that you can use them.

However, you want in your different designs.

Alphabet sets whatever it is that you happen to be working with, so it's pretty quick and easy to separate those.

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The only real way to go about vector image tracing with Affinity Designer is to do so manually using the Pen Tool. This can be done by simply drawing individual elements right on top of your image, and then coloring them in using the Color Picker tool.

How do I vectorize a PNG in Affinity Designer? ›

The only real way to go about vector image tracing with Affinity Designer is to do so manually using the Pen Tool. This can be done by simply drawing individual elements right on top of your image, and then coloring them in using the Color Picker tool.

How do you remove part of an image in Affinity Designer? ›

To remove an object in Affinity Photo, grab the Inpainting Brush Tool (keyboard shortcut: J) and use it to paint a selection over the object you'd like to remove. Once you release the click, the tool will use the surrounding areas of the image to fill in the selection.

Can you slice an image in affinity designer? ›

The Slice Tool allows you to create and edit drawn export areas, called slices, so you can select portions of your design to be exported as individual graphics.

Is there a way to turn PNG into vector? ›

The best and most detailed way to convert your PNG to vector is a good graphic design program like CorelDRAW. Open your PNG and edit the image until you're satisfied with its quality as a vector asset. Clip the background, clean the edges, and sharpen the lines. Then export the file.

How do I cut an image in elements? ›

To crop images in Photoshop Elements, first click the “Crop Tool” in the Toolbox. Then select the “Crop Tool” in the Tool Options Bar. The “Crop Tool,” “Cookie Cutter Tool” and “Perspective Crop Tool” share the same button in the Toolbox in Photoshop Elements. In the Tool Options Bar, then set the tool's options.

How do I trim a layer in affinity? ›

Do one of the following, with the object to be clipped being selected:
  1. On the Layers panel, drag it on top of the object which is to perform the clipping.
  2. On the Layer menu, select Arrange>Move Inside. This moves the object inside the object above it on the Layers panel.

How do you make a slice in affinity designer? ›

You can also create a slice directly from one or more objects or layers in your document. To do this, from the Export Persona's Layers Panel, select one or more layer(s) to create slices from. With your selection made, click Create Slice to create slices from your selected layer(s).

What is the segment tool in affinity designer? ›

The Segment Tool makes it easy to create an ellipse with a percentage removed as a section. Default shape and handle position (in red) before customization.

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