I've been trying to figure this out for a while and can't seem to get it. So, I thought it might be a good idea to ask here. I am having an issue with overlapping objects after applying appearance (stroke/fill).
I am designing a map in Illustrator and have created some Graphic Styles that will be replicated throughout the map. The way I have been working has been to group all paths that will retain a specific graphic style. Then, I apply the style to the entire group.
This has been working great for the most part unless the objects inside the group overlap each other. Here's my workflow:
My expectation was that the object on top would "knock out" the object below if they overlapped. With the style applied to the entire group, this is not the case. Instead, the object below shows through the object above as picture.
I have tried opening the Opacity sub-panel under the Appearance panel and checked the box Knockout Group which says "Prevents the elements of a group showing through each other". But this doesn't seem to do anything and the elements are still showing through.
I know I can apply my style per path/object, but this will be much more time consuming and defeats the purpose of styling everything inside the group as the same. Is there any way to achieve what I am trying to do with groups?