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live paint seems to make lines thicker

May 26, 2013 1:54 PM

Tags: #line #live #trace #paint #thickness

I'm new to illustrator, and I'm having some issues with the live trace and live paint tools.


When I use live trace, my image looks exactly as it should. However, when I change the image to a live paint group and then begin to change some of the colors, the lines seems to get thicker.


Why does the image look okay after being traced, but changes once made into a live paint group?

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    May 26, 2013 2:20 PM   in reply to laca300

    Please show.

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    May 26, 2013 5:57 PM   in reply to laca300

    Difficult to tell from that small image.


    Of course there are rendering differences between a live trace object and an expanded trace.


    You can check, if there are differences:

    - make two layers

    - put the expanded trace on the lower layer

    - put the live trace on the upper one

    - set the lower layer to outline view

    - set the view in the trace panel to outline as well.

    - compare.

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    May 27, 2013 6:42 AM   in reply to laca300

    5) Click on one of the black lines in the image and change color to Pantone Black C

    You haven't described at all what settings you used for the autotrace, or what kind of objects you have after expanding it. Are the black objects filled, stroked, or both?


    Also, the LivePaint tool can apply Fills and/or Strokes, depending on how you set its options. Based on your description, you may be applying black strokes to the autotraced black-filled paths. That would, of course, result in "thickening" what you are calling the black lines.



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