I've been banging my head against this for a while now. I've got two objects, the second of which is an exact duplicate of the first. One correctly fills with Live Paint (after making a LP object); the other simply doesn't.
I simply can't fill the right-hand partial circle. This was drawn in Vectorworks, brought in as a layered DWG. All worked perfectly, except for this one tiny area that refuses to be transformed into a LP-able area. Filling gaps doesn't help. I can manually copy the form on the left and replace the one on the right, but there are literally hundreds of these, and the pattern of LP and non LP is completely inconsistent. Is there some sort of process I can run that will sort this out? I'm at my wits end...
Well, if it were only one or two iterations of this form, that would work. But among the hundreds of these things I've got in my drawing, a random selection of 20 or so doesn't work. It would take way too much time to replace them (I've only shown the easy ones...)
Yes, it does. the two bowling pin shaped objects are each grouped; I select them both, make a LG and the result is that I can only fill the left hand dot. Is there a way to upload a file to this forum so people could check this out directly?
Here's a link to a small file that you can check for yourself: select everything, make a Live Group, and then try to fill the nubbin on the lower right.
Its due to the artwork.
Where things DO work, the paths intersect on the left (and actually overlap)....
Where things fail, the paths don't meet at all on the left.....
Gap detection doesn't seem to help. You ahve to select that left anchor where there's a gap and nudge the anchor up. Then Live Paint works with no problem.
Thanks! That's wild...they were duplicated one from the other. I guess the problem was created in Vectorworks somehow. What's surprising is that the gap options didn't fix this.
So two questions: 1. could you try to run gap options to see if you can fix it on your end?
2. How are you able to display paths without line thickness this way? I'm at my max zoon (6400 because it's a big document).
Gap detection is of no help. You have to manually move that anchor toclose that gap.
And I enlarged the figure a great deal and then switched to outline mode to see what was actually going on. At 100% it's impossible to tell. And you can't zoom due to the original size (it's already at 6400%) Outline mode shows construction paths, not the strokes (View > Outline Mode)
No. You can't zoom past 6400%.
You can increase the size of the artwork to allow you to see things, but that's really the only solution if you need to zoom.
But all you really need to do is chnge the Preferences and set the Key Increment to .025pt then using the Direct Slection tool, click that anchor and tap the up arrow key once. Then Live Paint works.
Below is an animated gif. Click the image to see the animation.
I did not edit the original art. I have no vested interest in misleading you. There is indeed a gap on the left side of the figures Live Paint won't fill. Whether you see it or not.. I see it. And when corrected Live Paint works.
Sorry didn't mean to suggest you did--since my last post I dragged the artwork about 100 times bigger and finally saw this super tiny gap. Unbeleivably small--but it's there. Many thanks for your gof animation solution; no wonder you're an MVP!
I had a look at the original Vectorworks file (where I can zoom in to a zillion percent--in fact 300,000%) and the joints are perfectly snapped--no holes at all. So something got lost in translation, and apparently CS6 (what I used) thinks about this differently than previous versions. This is somehow comforting--the problem seemed so bizarre.
In any case, thanks to your help, I was able to complete the drawing.