Combining shapes: Boolean Operations

In Adobe XD it’s very easy to combine basic shapes in order to create more complex ones, by using the combining options located in the property inspector, also called “Boolean Operators”. 


There are 4 different boolean operators available

• Add: The resulting object is the sum of the original 2 shapes combined

Subtract: The resulting object is a shape where the area of the shape on top has been cut out from the shape at the bottom

 Intersect: The resulting object is the overlapping area between the 2 shapes

Exclude overlap: The resulting object is basically the opposite result of the “Intersect” operation, where the new shape is made of the areas of the 2 shapes that do not overlap.

When you combine some shapes, the result will be also reflected in the layers panel: every shape combination will represent a specific type of layer, which can be easily modified.

Boolean operations are non destructive, meaning that you can always go back and change the way you combined the shapes, or even cancel the shape combination by selecting the combined layer and ungrouping it: CMD + Shift +G (Mac) & CTRL + Shift + G (Win).

In some cases you might want to turn a group resulted from a boolean operation into an editable path. To do it simply go to Object > Path > Convert to Path or use the CMD + 8 (Mac) & CTRL + 8 (Win) keyboard shortcut.


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