Hello, and thank you for taking the time to read this.
I am new to illustrator so please bare with me.
I am having some issues trying to live paint whilst in the pattern area of CS6. I have created a pattern which I would now like to colour. I am able to colour some areas like the spots on the plants head, but no ther gaps inbetween. Normally when not in the pattern area I can merge live paint and work with all the spaces but I cant do this for some reason. I need to work with the pattern whislt in this mode to ensure that the design is correct. Below is a screenshot of the error I am getting, which if you can read it says:
"The selection contains objects that cannot be converted. Live Paint groups can only contain paths and compound paths. Clipping paths are not allowed."
Am I missing something really obvious?
Whilst I ma here I am also having a bit of trouble withthe oattern swatch. The pattern has been designed for a printed interior wallpaper. In the below image the blue box (follow the green arrow) is the full pattern repeat set at a 1/4 drop. I need that full square rather than a swtach. So effectively I need a 'Tile' that I can then ready for print. The reason for this is that it will be printed on wallpaper (52cm x 10m) and each roll needs to match up either side (with a 1/4 drop)
So my question is, is it possible to 'grab' the pattern in the blue square?
I hope this makes sense. I can provide more screenshots and videos if needed.
I look forward to your replies.
As for your first question: Have you already checked if there are clipping paths involved? You can do a quick test by going to Select > Object > Clipping masks
As for your second question: You can create pattern swatches in Illustrator. But as you may imagine, the content inside your blue frame won't allow a seamless pattern fill.
Thanks for your reply,
I have now checked the clipping paths and that does seem to be the reason why the live paint wont work, is there a way around this?
Also the pattern is a seamless repeat, itas just on a 1/4 drop (imagine 2 of those squares side by side and drop it down a 1/4)