Illustrator 3.6 [live paint]

“Using Live Paint with an Illustrator Line Drawing”


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  1. Open an Adobe Illustrator line drawing.
  2. Change the name of the primary layer (Layer 1 by default) to “base drawing.” You can do this by double clicking on the layer name in the layer palette.
  3. Make a duplicate of the “base drawing” layer and name it “live paint 1.”
  4. To do this, select the layer you want to duplicate from the layer palette, click on the shortcut menu and select “duplicate ‘base drawing’.”
  5. Hide your original “base drawing” by clicking on the eye next to the layer name in the layer palette.AI_Layer_Hide
  6. Select all the lines by drawing a box around them with the black arrow or by pressing ctrl + a (cmd + a on a mac).
  7. With all the objects selected, click on the “live paint bucket” tool in the tool palette.
  8. When you move your mouse over the selected lines, the lines will turn red and text will appear nest to your cursor saying “Click to make a Live Paint group.” Click when your mouse is red to make a live paint group.
  9. Now, regions of your drawing will be highlighted in red and can be filled with your fill color. You should double check to make sure that you have a fill color assigned from the color swatches in your tool palette. I tend to use a bright color for this so that I can easily distinguish the fills.
  10. After you have filled all the regions you want, click the expand button in the properties bar at the top of the page.
  11. Now, using the direct select (white arrow) tool, you can select any of the fills you have just made and assign them colors.

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