Use the Live Paint Selection 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 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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    Then, let's click "Line Segment Tool" and draw some lines across the object
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    There is another VisiHow tutorial on how to do that.
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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 and drag the cursor using the "Selection Tool" to select all of the objects together
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    A blue outline with anchor points will appear. That means that the object is ready for editing.
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    Before you proceed, press "Ctrl" + "Alt" + "X" on the keyboard
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    This is an important step. This shortcut will turn the object into a live paint group.
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    Click and drag "Shape Builder Too" to the right
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    It looks like two overlapping circles with a cursor. It's halfway down the vertical toolbar.
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    Select "Live Paint Bucket" first to choose colors
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    Refer to "How to use 'Live Paint Bucket Tool' " to find out more.
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    Choose different colors and click the four sectors of the circle
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    There is another VisiHow tutorial about this tool.
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    Click "Direct Selection Tool"
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    If you hover over the ends of the lines, you will notice anchor points
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    It is one straight path going through the circle.
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    In the left toolbar, click and drag "Live Paint Bucket" to the right to select "Live Paint Selection Tool"
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    It has an icon of a cursor with two squares. You can also press "Shift" + "L" on the keyboard. Let's say we only want the circle but not the lines around the edge. "Live Paint Selection Tool" allows Illustrator to "see" your object by appearance rather than paths.
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    Hover over the line that's extending past the circle and click the line
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    The tool identifies that a section of this line should not appear. Only the part of the line that sticks out of the circle will be selected.
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    Press "Delete" on the keyboard
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    The tool will cut off the line at the point where it reaches the circle from outside. You can also use this tool to apply different attributes to one line.
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    Click and delete the remaining lines
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    Let's create two lines by clicking "Line Segment Tool" and increasing thickness first
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    Create a cross shape by drawing two lines
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    Follow steps 9-11 by selecting both lines and pressing "Ctrl" + "Alt" + "X"
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    Click "Live Paint Selection Tool"
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    Click the object
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    Only one portion of the cross shape is highlighted.
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    Then, click the stroke color drop-down menu in the horizontal menu at the top of the screen and apply a pink color to the selected section
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    You can follow steps 25-26 to change another section of this object to a blue color
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    You can click "Direct Selection Tool"
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    Hold the "Shift" key and click both remaining black halves
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    Click the "Fill" color drop-down menu and click "None"
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    This will remove the fill color for the selected strokes. You can see that although you have one line visible, it has two different attributes. Other people will not know that there is an invisible stroke separating the two attributes. For this reason, the "Live Paint Selection Tool" is very useful for applying certain details onto shapes that other tools may not be able to accomplish.
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This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use "Live Paint Selection 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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Questions and Answers

How can I use live paint selection tool in illustrator with explanation?

Theoretically and practical explanation. I have tried: I just don't know how to work with this tool

Theoretically, the tool lets you select areas (shapes or meshes) between lines and curves or portions of a path from an intersection. The selected section can be modified in any way: its style, color, filling, thickness, texture (a swatch), and other parameters can be changed; and it can be deleted, copied, or moved away.

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Practically, you can

  • draw shapes without adjusting line lengths to be fit into a square, for example. Then, you can select the "poking out" ends and delete them with Live Paint Selection Tool;
  • imitate a grating, for example, by drawing a big square, then a small one inside, run a few lines over it, and apply a different color to the line sections that run inside the smaller circle. You can also select areas between the lines and apply a different filling color to them with the same tool;
  • draw several intersecting circles, where the areas that cross each other have a specific meaning. Then, you can click the areas inside the circles to select them and apply swatches or different filling colors.
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Note that you can select several shapes or meshes by pressing and holding "shift" and left-clicking the selection.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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