How to Use Live Paint to Color and Paint Artwork in Adobe Illustrator
Live Paint is a function in Illustrator that allows fill color to be applied separately to overlapping sections in a group of objects.
This function is found in Illustrator CS5, CS6, and CC versions.
- Here are six circles creating a mandala design. The first step is to convert the circles to a Live Paint object. Select the all the shapes, then go to Object > Live Paint > Make.
- Make sure Fill is active, then go to the Tool Bar, click and hold on the Shape Builder Tool and select the Live Paint Bucket Tool which is nested.
- Hover over different sections in the art and notice how the section highlights in red.
- Go to the Swatches Panel and choose a color, then click a section in the art to apply it.
- Choose a different color in the Swatches Panel and apply it to a different section of the art. Continue switching colors to apply to different sections.
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