Use Live Paint Bucket Tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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Steps

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    To begin, you should open Illustrator either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon
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    This will reveal a list of recently used programs. You may find Illustrator there. It has a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
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    If you can't see Illustrator in the start menu, use the search bar along the bottom and start typing "Adobe Illustrator"
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    Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6"
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    It will immediately start loading and take you directly to the workspace.
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    Click "File" in the horizontal menu in the top-left corner
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    Click "New..." to open up a new document
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    Alternatively, press "Ctrl" + "N" on the keyboard. You can also open an existing document. For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create a new document and how to open documents.
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    For this tutorial, let's click "OK"
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    Now that we have a document, we need an object.
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    Let's leave the "Fill" and "Stroke" colors black and white, but click the thickness drop-down menu
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    Click "10pt", for example
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    This will make the stroke thicker.
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    Let's create an object using "Ellipse Tool"
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    To access "Ellipse Tool", click and drag "Rectangle Tool" to the right. Let's create a circle by holding "Shift" and clicking and dragging the cursor on the canvas. For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create basic shapes and how to get perfect shapes.
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    Click the "Selection Tool" black arrow
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    It's in the vertical toolbar on the left side of the screen. If you have a more complicated object, you can use other selection tools.
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    Click the shape to highlight it
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    You can highlight several shapes too. A blue frame and anchor points will appear, letting us know that the shape is now ready for editing.
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    Then, click and drag "Shape Builder Tool" to the right
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    The tool is about halfway down the vertical toolbar.
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    Select "Live Paint Bucket" in the expanded menu
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    Once you click "Live Paint Bucket", your cursor will turn into a paint bucket with three swatch colors above it.
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    If you like, you can reveal the "Swatches" panel by clicking the "Swatches" grid icon
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    It is on the right side of the window.
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    As you press the left and right arrows on the keyboard, you can browse the different swatch colors in this panel in order
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    Select a color by placing it in the center of the three panels.
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    Hover over the circle
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    A green outline appears, showing the area that will be filled in.
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    Click the area to fill the circle
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    You cannot change the "Stroke" color now, as only the "Fill" color will be changed.
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    To change the "Stroke" color, double-click the tool icon in the vertical toolbar to reveal the settings
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    In the settings menu, you can check "Paint Strokes"
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    You can also adjust the highlight color by clicking the "Color" drop-down menu
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    You can check or uncheck "Highlight"
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    You can adjust the "Width" value
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    Now, when you press the "Shift" key, your cursor changes to a paintbrush
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    The paintbrush cursor is used for the "Stroke" color. You can choose a color using the swatch panel like before, which is pressing left and right arrows.
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    With a color selected, click the shape outline to change the "Stroke" color
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    As soon as you let go of the "Shift" key, your cursor will return to "Paint Bucket Tool"
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This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use "Live Paint Bucket Tool" in Adobe Illustrator CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or queries regarding this tutorial, just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!

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