Use the Live Paint Selection Tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6
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- 7Let's create an object using "Ellipse Tool".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.
- 13Select "Live Paint Bucket" first to choose colors.Refer to "How to use 'Live Paint Bucket Tool' " to find out more.
- 17In the left toolbar, click and drag "Live Paint Bucket" to the right to select "Live Paint Selection Tool".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.
- 30Click the "Fill" color drop-down menu and click "None".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.Advertisement
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Video: Use the Live Paint Selection Tool in Adobe Illustrator CS6
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.
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.
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 these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
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