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Basically, I want to have my sketch have a solid color in the inside the path (with live paint), but the path itself that has a stroke, which looks like a border on the image, I want to be completely transparent, so when put on a background you can still see where the border would be, but the background will make it up.

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Do I get your question right that you have drawn a path with a stroke, converted it into a Live Paint object, and now you want to get rid of the stroke? – Const May 11 '13 at 23:35
Yes, that's exactly right. – Doug Smith May 12 '13 at 17:00

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With Live Paint Selection Tool you can select not only segments of a fill but segments of a stoke as well - just click on a segment of a stroke that you want to get rid of, and then either select a 'None' color, or set stroke width to 0 on the Stroke panel.

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This actually doesn't work, or isn't what he (and I) are looking for. When you name the stroke "None" color, or set the stroke width to 0, yes the stroke disappears, but what this person wants (and what I need to do as well) is to have the AREA of the stroke remain, but be invisible. I have been trying to solve this for a long time. Above he says he wants "you can still see where the border would be, but " but the bckground shows through. When you get rid of the stroke, the object seems to sort of "expand" to fill in that space. – user20637 Mar 11 '14 at 23:09

You might have to make 2 objects, one with just stroke, and one with just fill.

I was going to suggest making your stroke either black, white or 50% grey, then set it as screen, multiply or overlay respectively to make it invisible over another layer. This will make your solid colors affected by the background however, which is why you may need the stroke & fill to be independent.

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The simple truth is for vectors you create a gap, and not make a stroke "transparent". In some cases you can simply set the stroke color to match a background color and that is sufficient. A white stroke on a white background appears like it's a gap when it's really not.

If you need a gap, then the most likely easy method to create one is to select the shape with the stroke and choose Object > Expand. Then select everything and using the Shape Builder Tool, Option/Alt-click the area where the stroke is to remove that shape and create the gap.

It is difficult to provide any further guidance without seeing the actual artwork in question.

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