I've read a number of posts about this and am unsure of how to proceed.

I received an AI file that contains the following:

Paths with various strokes/colors and some fills

Here it is unselected:


However, when I group these paths/shapes and copy the element to another document, the "white" areas within the figure are not filled but are transparent.

When I try to use the Live Paint Bucket of course I CAN fill these blank spaces between the paths with white, but when I activate the tool it discards the various stroke settings which means that I lose the "fake fill" details (look at the foot to see what I mean).

After activating Live Paint Bucket tool

Is there a simple way to address this issue? To maintain the "stroke fills" AND to fill the transparent areas with white?

Many thanks in advance!

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Before using Live Paint... Select the art and choose Object > Expand Appearance, if it is available, then choose Object > Expand.

This converts strokes to filled shapes. Filled shapes will not be changed by scaling or using Live Paint.


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