I have Ai CS5, and I was wondering how can I use fill for a country without creating polygons.
For example I have a map in Ai and then I outline it in pen. Now how can I fill each state without having to trace each individual state in pen..because when I do this the state lines overlap and look bad. Like if I trace Washington and Oregon, the borders overlap unless I just trace the border line once in pen...but then I cannot fill the states because they are not separate polygons but a continuous line.
How can I fill the states if they are not selectable polygons??
Or how can I make the states selectable polygons without having the borders overlap and look messy?
if you want to color the map without making separate shapes, select the the whole map, grab the "Live Paint Bucket" Tool (K) and click on each state. Each state you click will get colored with the active color.
similarly, if you want each state to be a separate polygon, select the whole map, grab the "Shape Builder" Tool (Shift+M) and click on each state.
Thanks, it worked for a few states, but when I view the map in an outline and select the map some lines are blue and others are black. The blue lined polygons will not allow for me to make those states separate polygons? How do I make them black lines like the other ones?
for either method to work the state dividing lines must go past the state borders, for example, the line that divides these two states needs to go north a little bit more, I exaggerated the space so you can see, for your map this gap must be really small. Zoom in where you have trouble making separate shapes and fix it before using either tool.