Boolean operations can make two or more shapes interact to produce different shapes. Compound shapes are the result of so-called Boolean operations. Results are fully editable at all times. All shapes will retain their special properties, such as rounded corners or sides. Compound shapes are also known as Boolean groups. Visual Paradigm Online graphic editor provides powerful features that let you reshape objects. We support combine, substract, intersect, exclude and divide shapes. You can customize the shape that you want. This video will show you how to substract shapes.

 

Substract Shapes

When editing your design, you can substract from multiple shapes. Substract means removing the frontmost shapes from the backmost shape.

  1. Simply select the shapes then go to Settings Panel, Arrange, Shape Modes, and select substract.

    Substract Shapes

  2. After that, the selected shapes will be substracted.

Non-destructive option

When substracting shapes, you can switch on the non-destructive option. Then, after you substract the shape, you can still separate the shapes to change back to the original shapes.

Restore the shapes

If you have switched on the non-destructive option, after you substract the shape, it will allow you to restore the substracted shapes later on.

Right-click the combined shapes, and select expand shape, the shape will be separated back to the original shapes.

 

Know more about Boolean operations in Visual Paradigm Online graphic editor features:

Combine Shapes

Intersect Shapes

Exclude Shapes

Divide Shapes