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In this post, we’ll show you how to slice shapes in Brother Canvas Workspace. This software allows you to cut your figures in three different ways. You can divide shapes, remove the overlap, and subtract one shape from another.

This article is a new chapter of our Ultimate Guide to Brother Canvas Workspace. You can use Brother Canvas Workspace to edit the designs you want to cut with your Brother ScanNCut machine. To download Canvas Workspace for free, you can visit Brother’s official website. 

 

On this article:

How to divide shapes in Brother Canvas Workspace
How to remove the overlap in Brother Canvas Workspace
How to subtract shapes in Brother Canvas Workspace

 

How to divide shapes in Brother Canvas Workspace

 

Let’s get started! For the sake of this tutorial, we’ve traced two pre-made figures in our canvas. We’ve picked a shape from the Shapes panel on the left side of the canvas.

 

How to slice shapes in Brother Canvas Workspace

 

By default, Canvas Workspace displays the properties panel at the right side of the screen. To slice your figures, you need to display the Edit panel. You can do this by clicking the second icon on the top-right menu. Hit the icon that we’ve highlighted in blue on the image below.

 

How to slice shapes in Brother Canvas Workspace

 

Select the two shapes that you want to divide. To do this, hit them with the mouse while pressing Shift in your keyboard.

 

How to slice shapes in Brother Canvas Workspace

 

At the bottom of the Edit panel, you’ll find a section called Process Overlap. The second icon from the left represents the Divide tool. Hit this icon to divide your shapes.

 

How to slice shapes in Brother Canvas Workspace

 

Once you’ve clicked the icon, Canvas Workspace will display the different parts altogether. You’ll have to separate them manually to appreciate the difference.

 

How to slice shapes in Brother Canvas Workspace

 

As you can see, now we have three different shapes. They’re all independent so that you can edit them separately.

 

How to slice shapes in Brother Canvas Workspace

 

 

How to remove the overlap in Brother Canvas Workspace

 

To remove the overlap area between two shapes, you’ll need to display the Edit panel. To do this, hit the second icon at the top-right menu. It’s highlighted in blue in the image below.

 

How to slice shapes in Brother Canvas Workspace

 

Select the overlapping figures to do this. Click them with the mouse while pressing Shift on your keyboard.

At the bottom of the Edit panel, you’ll find a section that is called Process Overlap. The third icon from this section is called Remove Overlap. You can find this icon highlighted in blue on the image below.

Hit this icon to remove the overlap area between both figures.

 

How to slice shapes in Brother Canvas Workspace

 

When you separate both figures, you’ll see that the overlap from the figure that’s behind has disappeared.

 

How to slice shapes in Brother Canvas Workspace

 

It’s essential to notice that the overlap will disappear from the image that’s in the back. Make sure to place in the front the shape that you want to keep complete.

 

How to subtract shapes in Brother Canvas Workspace

 

Select the figures you’re working with. To select both, hit them with the mouse while pressing Shift on your keyboard.

To subtract one shape from another in Brother Canvas Workspace, you’ll have to display the Edit panel. You can do this by hitting the second icon from he top-right menu. We’ve highlighted this icon in blue on the image below.

At the bottom of the Edit panel, you’ll find a section called Process Overlap. The top-right icon from this section represents the Subtract tool.

Hit this icon to subtract the shape in the front from the shape in the back.

 

How to slice shapes in Brother Canvas Workspace

 

And here’s the result! This function uses the image at the front as a cutting stencil. Remember to send back the figure that you’d like to preserve in your canvas.

 

How to slice shapes in Brother Canvas Workspace

 

Good luck experimenting with your creations. We hope you’ve found this article insightful. Have fun!

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