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Why won't Live Paint work for me?

Feb 23, 2013 12:13 AM

Tags: #illustrator #image #live #path #cs6 #clipping #paint #tracing

Synopsis: Illustrator won't let me use Live Paint, or rather, Live Paint won't let me use it. I tested it out on a random file by creating shapes with some of the tools and it worked fine. However, with any image I try to use, it won't work. This is what it says anytime I try to select the area and color in.  Screen shot 2013-02-23 at 1.59.38 AM.png


It also doesn't allow me to use Image Tracing. I don't know if the two are connected or not, but I find it strange.


I'm going to explain all the steps I went through from start to finish to create the image.

First, I took the picture using a digital camera (naturally.) Then I uploaded the pictures to iPhoto. I can't remember if I edited it or not, but if I did, it was mostly cropping. I then placed the picture on my desktop and took it to Photoshop. There I put it to grayscale and messed with the levels to give some contrast. I then saved it as JPEG. After that I put it in Illustrator and I started tracing it. The blue in the picture was traced in Layer 1, while the red was in Layer 2. (I thought that maybe had something to do with it, but I highlighted just the red and had the same problem as before.)


So yeah, I'm at a standstill...can't get anything done at this point. It's CS6 for Mac. It's possible I screwed with something without even realizing it (I am new to this), but if I did...what did I do? And can I fix it?

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    Feb 23, 2013 12:27 AM   in reply to realfangirls

    Can't use Live Paint because you have raster objects selected (the photo).


    Can use Image Trace because you have vector objects selected (the paths).

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    Feb 23, 2013 12:41 AM   in reply to realfangirls

    Select the objects you wish to work on.


    If you want to trace.. select ONLY the photo. If you want to use Live Paint, select everything EXCLUDING the photo.

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    Feb 23, 2013 2:12 AM   in reply to realfangirls

    Click the Selection Tool (The Black Arrow)

    Choose Select > Select All from the menu

    Hold down the Shift key, and click the photo.


    This should leave you with everything elected except the photo


    It may help to spend a bit of time playing with random shapes and objects, and reviewing the help files for the tools, in order to learn the basics of selecting objects in Illustrator. Illustrator isn't always as intuative as Photoshop and many have trouble if they simply jump right in.

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    Feb 23, 2013 5:17 AM   in reply to realfangirls

    Read about gap options here: 7d0100196cbc5f-6507a.html


    And maybe read the other stuff as well.

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