I have been using Illustrator 6 for about a week now and am being driven mad by the new paint bucket. Is there any way that I might revert to the old version of paint bucket? It was alot easier to use. Thank you for your time.
No, I'm sorry. I should have been more clear. I mean to say that the good old fashioned paint bucket was a simple process. You pick the color/texture, click the paint bucket, then click where you want to fill. This new "'live paint bucket" makes the process unweildy. You have to outline specific objects within you picture, convert them to live paint objects, merge those objects with others, sometimes it cannot convert them because there is a pin sized open corner. I just want a simple point and click fill tool :/
Sounds like ColdOne is confusing Photoshop with Illustrator. The Live Paint tools, as far as I'm aware, have operated pretty much the same way they always have since they were introduced to Illustrator.
As for expanding live objects before using live paint, I agree. But concerning the sometimes small open paths that cannot be closed by the gap detection, I have experienced them as well. Only I don't remember if that also happened in earlier versions.
I suppose my question is: Is there a plugin that can add a fill tool such the ones found in microsoft word, flash, GIMP,etc? I simply do not like Paint bucket live. I am sure it was made with good intentions, but I would really prefer its simpler equivalent.
"Live Paint" Paint Bucket tool should not be confused with a "Paint Bucket" fill tool. Live Paint is a whole different way to approach multi-fill objects. I can understand your frustration if you are trying to use it to simply fill closed objects. I don't know if there is an add-on tool such as you describe. I would suggest you select the object using direct select or selection tool then click the desired color in the swatch panel. You can also drag-n-drop a color from the swatch panel, onto any object, whether it is selected or not.
Well, Ray, I do not agree with that statement.
You can always select any unused swatch and then apply it to any (unselected) object by using the Option Eyedropper method.
Your suggestion is also an option, of course.
And to make it complete:
If the colour does not exist in the Swatches panel, you can always pick a colour with the Eyedropper from the Color panel and apply it witht the Alt-Eyedropper method :-)
That is a matter of course, Ray.
Frankly, don't you think Option Eyedropper actually is the fastest and most efficient way, specifically if you're going to fill a lot of objects on the fly ? At least compared to the method you're probably preferring?
In older versions of Illustrator there was a separate Paint Bucket tool. Perhaps it was a bit more obvious to use it there. Basically, it did the same as Option Eyedropper does nowadays.