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Why can't I use the paintbrush tool?

Oct 24, 2008 8:42 AM

I'm trying to paint on an image and when I mouse over where I want to paint I get the "prohibited" symbol and can't paint. I opened other .jpgs and was able to paint with no problem. Is there a type of file that you can't use the paintbrush tool on? Please help!
 
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    Oct 24, 2008 9:15 AM   in reply to (Mimi_Klotz)
    You are not using the paintbrush tool on any images. You are importing the image into a new Illustrator file and drawing objects above the imported image. Your problem might be that you have a locked layer active. Look in the Layers panel.

    And ALWAYS tell us the version number of the program(s) you are using.
     
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    Nov 5, 2008 12:57 PM   in reply to (Mimi_Klotz)
    I have the same problem. I scanned a drawing, and I want to paint on it. I have no locked layers. I'm in CS2 Illustrator. What do I need to do?
     
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    Nov 6, 2008 8:09 AM   in reply to (Mimi_Klotz)
    Karen:

    What do you mean by "paint on it?" What tools are you using and what will the result be?

    steve
     
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    Jan 1, 2009 1:00 AM   in reply to (Mimi_Klotz)
    I opened up a pdf file in Illustrator CS4 and I want to check the percentages of the colours in CMYK. However, when I click on the paintbrush tool, I get the "prohibited" symbol (the circle with a line across it). Why can't I access this tool? Is there any other way to check the CMYK percentages?
     
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    Jan 1, 2009 2:28 PM   in reply to (Mimi_Klotz)
    Devorah,

    the Paintbrush tool is not designed to measure CMYK percentages. It is a drawing tool.

    To check your percentages, select or direct select the desired objects and take a look at the Colours Palette or the Information Palette.
     
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    Mar 8, 2012 6:40 PM   in reply to (Mimi_Klotz)

    I had the same problem.  It's because you have to go to your "brushes" in the layer palette and select a brush size.  Then you can use your brush 

     
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    Nov 25, 2012 10:06 AM   in reply to (Mimi_Klotz)

    I found this to be a way around this issue:

     

    Open the image that you want to draw on, keep that in its own RGB window.

    Open a brand new document, CMYK.

    Activate your Brush and draw a few lines on your artboard.

    Then, copy and paste your RGB image into this new CMYK color space.

     

    Voila. I think the Brush can only be used in a CMYK color space. And sometimes this does not work when you convert your document to a color space inside the RGB document.

    Hope this helps. If anyone else has an alternative, let me know.

     

    I've always had this issue with the Brush.

     
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    Nov 25, 2012 10:20 AM   in reply to StevefromFierce

    Weird.  My problem was that I needed to also choose the brush as the same

    size that was also the brush chosen on the tools bar.  I believe I got the

    answer from someone in your forum some months hack.

    Thanks,

    Michelle

     

    On Sun, Nov 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM, StevefromFierce

     
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    Aug 21, 2013 3:59 AM   in reply to (Mimi_Klotz)

    Load a brush first. That way you will be able to use the paintbrush tool. I usaly open the Brushes palette first, then click on its menu and select Open Brush Library to be able to select the brush I want.

     
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    Apr 19, 2014 7:22 AM   in reply to (Mimi_Klotz)

    Sorry, new to the forums, I looked up this problem to see what was causing it. The only solution Ive found (running CS5) is to open a new document, drag photo into that then paint on new layer. Sorry this is a million years too late.

     
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