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The Non-Designer’s Illustrator Book by John Tollett, Robin Williams

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14. Live Paint and Other Thrills

Illustrator’s Live Paint feature not only makes painting shapes and strokes quick and easy, it can also create the illusion of a shape being on top of another shape at one spot, while being behind the same shape at another spot.

This is pretty thrilling stuff to anyone who has spent hours trying to create similar effects in the past, before the Glorious Live Paint Era.

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Live Paint groups

When you create a Live Paint group, overlapping shapes create regions (similar to the regions created by the Path Builder tool). Live Paint treats regions as if they’re all on the same level instead of arranged in a stacking order; ...

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