I'm trying to change the opacity of an enclosed stroke (path) to 60%, but I can't. Every time I left-click on the enclosed stroke and set the opacity to 60%, that's applied to the fill only (image below): enter image description here

Then, when I open the Appearance Window, there's no stroke appearing: enter image description here

If I left-click on other strokes, such as the one in the below image, the stroke appears in the Appearance window. So I can change the opacity of this stroke (image): enter image description here

But it is impossible to do so to the stroke of the enclosed path above. Left-clicking on its path/stroke/anchor pint, its fill always appears rather than its stroke. So what can I do to change the opacity of the enclosed stroke ? Thanks.

PS: With the strokes that are possible to change their opacity, it seems that I used Live paint Bucket to create Live Paint groups and then colored the areas that these strokes encompass. Then I clicked expand and ungroup these strokes. That allows me to distinguish between strokes and fills of these areas. But for the areas that I did not create Live Paint group and expanded and ungrouped, it seems that I can't distinguish between stroke and fill to change their opacity separately. What could I do?

  • In the Appearance panel, click on the ">" arrow beside the word Stroke, so you can see the stroke opacity.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 30, 2018 at 13:43
  • Thanks. But when I changed the opacity of the stroke in the Appearance window to 0%, the color of the stroke doesn't change (image): kek.gg/i/5Cv5b2.png , it remains black.
    – Zhetdudf
    Jun 30, 2018 at 14:36
  • I can't replicate the problem - see screen capture here. This suggests something else is happening which you haven't mentioned. By the way, why is the shape in a goup?
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 30, 2018 at 15:37
  • Thanks. The shape is in a group because I used Live paint Bucket to color it together with some other shapes, and then expanded them.
    – Zhetdudf
    Jun 30, 2018 at 16:09
  • @Zhetududf - that might be the issue. There might be another shape in the group with a stroke.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 30, 2018 at 16:15

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Let see, as far as I see what do you want to get is a black stroke with less opacity. This means a gray stroke.

Changing the stroke opacity you will get unexpected results when just a part of the stroke leave a part of the fill visible, like showed at the gif below.

Why you insist with the opacity instead of changing the stroke ink percentage?

ink percentage

Differences between Regular Shape and a LivePaint Object:

  • Color Panel: allow changing stroke and fill color
  • Appearance Panel: allow stroke and fill color changes to Regular Shapes but not to LivePaint Objects.


  • Expanding the LivePaint Object, no posible color changes at the Color Panel or Appearance Panel

enter image description here

  • The Expanded Live Paint Object is a group, to allow color changes individually it is necessary to Ungroup the expanded shape.

live paint 02

  • Thanks for your advise. In case that I want to make the stroke disappear by changing its ink percentage to 0%, it seems that the stroke only turns into a very gray color. How to make the stroke disappear when needed? Thanks.
    – Zhetdudf
    Jun 30, 2018 at 13:41
  • Apply stroke color = none
    – user120647
    Jun 30, 2018 at 13:42
  • After applying stroke color = none to the aforementioned stroke above, the internal half of the stroke turned into dark-pink and the external half of the stroke remained black as in this image: kek.gg/i/43-JWq.png , This is the screenshot of the stroke and its fill when the ink percentage is 100% kek.gg/i/6GHgw9.png , and this is the screenshot of the stroke and its fill when the ink percentage is 0% kek.gg/i/5CW3tz.png
    – Zhetdudf
    Jun 30, 2018 at 14:12
  • You are doing a mess with the LivePaint object, I will update the answer
    – user120647
    Jun 30, 2018 at 14:52
  • My recommendation for future graphics like that, don's use Live Paint, just select shapes and change their colors
    – user120647
    Jun 30, 2018 at 15:33

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