If you are familiar with Microsoft Excel formulas, you already understand the foundation of the Boolean Join function. Boolean Join offers a way to join or subtract overlapping areas of the shapes in your design as you would add/subtract cell values in your formulas.
For this example, I am using a heart and the letter “J”. You can see there is a lot of overlap with these two shapes.
Marquee select both objects. An alternate method is to click on one of the objects, hold down the shift key and click on the second object.
To access the menu, you have several options: 1) click “Edit” in the toolbar 2) right-click on the objects 3) use a shortcut (CTRL+U). Navigate to “Shape Magic” and then “Boolean Join”. Click on “Boolean Join”.
The default selection (A-B Difference) will be displayed in the pop-up window. For this design, I do not want to use this selection.
Click on the drop-down box arrow to view all of the options. A graphic and a brief description gives you an indication of what each of the options will do.
The B – A Difference provides a desirable result by subtracting the “J” from the heart.
To see what the other options might do to your images, click on them. Your objects won’t be changed until you select “Apply”. Here I have selected Intersect. This function removed the pieces of each shape outside of the intersecting components so only the overlap remains.
Exclude, on the other hand, keeps the opposite parts. Here it left all of the components outside of the overlap.
And finally, Union. Union is not the same as weld, although sometimes they appear to do the same function. Union adds the shapes together to create one new shape.
Now I am going to take my new shape and add it to the banner object.
The topmost layer will always be the “A”, then next layer will always be the “B”. The default A-B Difference will result in the banner eliminating the heart in this example.
By moving the banner shape to the topmost layer position, the default will be banner minus heart shape.
Either way (selecting from drop-down menu or moving layers) works, it is simply user preference and how it makes sense to YOU!
In this next example, I am going to recreate this dashed arrow found in basic shapes. First, I added the plain arrow basic shape.
Next, I added two rectangles to ‘subtract’ from the arrow shape.
If I attempt to marquee select the two rectangles and the arrow at this point, the function will fail. Boolean Join only allows for 2 objects in each operation.
However, I can Join the two rectangles together to become one object (as viewed by MTC). Now I can marquee select the combined rectangles and the arrow.
Finally, by selecting B – A Difference, I have created the dashed arrow.