This is what I have currently:

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I am trying to acheive something like this but I would like the goblin at the front to be transparent not filled white

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The front goblin was drawn with the pen tool and then tweaked with the path width tool, and finally converted to a live paint group.

I am new to illustrator so have no idea how I would go about this.

I relise this question was posted here (How do I make an object fill transparent without showing objects below in Illustrator?) but that dosent work for me as I get an error when creating the clipping mask.

  • You can do this yes. Use a knockout group
    – joojaa
    Sep 26, 2018 at 5:30
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    You could merely fill some shapes with white.
    – Scott
    Sep 26, 2018 at 6:12
  • You mentioned an error that you get, can you specify what it is?
    – J.E
    Sep 26, 2018 at 9:44
  • The clipping mask rules: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/99481/…
    – LeoNas
    Sep 26, 2018 at 17:41

1 Answer 1


Use an opacity mask instead.

Copy the big guy ctrl + C .

Paint it 100% black (0,0,0).

Group the small guys.

Select all and make an Opacity Mask.

Paste the copied guy.

See the image below:

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