For reference, I am using the livepaint tool to make a design, and I want to subtract an area from that livepaint using another livepaint. This is all fine and dandy, I just merge the livepaints or layer one atop the other. However, the lower livepaint system has thickness to the lines which shows through if I try to make the color value null in the desired area. How would I establish one livepaint as dominant in all values to anything below it?

Or should I convert everything to a shape and then do a subtract? I don't really want to resort to this option because it would rasterize what I want to be a vector image.

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I was able to figure it out! I just had to use a transparency mask.

  • Hi Sunsprint. Good for you! We love it when users can self-answer their question. You can even 'accept' your own answer so the system can mark it solved. One thing though: would you mind adding some explanation as to how you solved your question? Maybe a screenshot or a step-by-step guide. Just so future visitors can replicate your solution and be as happy as you are. :) Thanks for your contributions. Feel free to look around the site, ask more questions or answer other questions.
    – PieBie
    Oct 27, 2020 at 9:06
  • I would consider using knockout groups as a more flexible alternative. Also i highly recommend you don't use live paint buckets but shape building instead
    – joojaa
    Oct 27, 2020 at 9:24

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