Illustrator proper overlap of shape

I am trying to use Pathfinder shape modes to cut out parts of shape and overlay them on each other (as shown in following figure)

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However, I am getting shape overlapping with border of background shape (see arrow in figure). For now, I am manually resizing overlay so that background borders are visible. However, this process is highly inefficient once shape become more complex. Is there way to properly achieve this so that I can use shape mode from Pathfinder and still able to see background border properly?


Not really. You can alter your workflow in a small way and its nolonger a problem. Remember what you are doing is a model of how things ought to work. There are many situations where the model fails you. Dont be afraid to alter your model.

There are 2 approaches to this.

  • Use strokes that are outside the object (Window > Stroke → Align Stroke: Outside)
  • copy the shapes behind kill their fill and put the copies on a layer above.

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