5 Replies Latest reply: May 27, 2013 6:42 AM by JETalmage RSS

    live paint seems to make lines thicker

    laca300

      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?

        • 1. Re: live paint seems to make lines thicker
          Monika Gause MVP

          Please show.

          • 2. Re: live paint seems to make lines thicker
            laca300 Community Member

            bees2.jpg

            The image on the left is obviously the live paint group, and the image on the right is the live trace. If you look at the shading on the "cloud" structure, the lines are thicker on the left image. It just happens once I start changing the colors of the live paint group image. Any advice?

            • 3. Re: live paint seems to make lines thicker
              Monika Gause MVP

              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.

              • 4. Re: live paint seems to make lines thicker
                laca300 Community Member

                Here's what I've been doing:

                1) Open psd file in Illustrator

                2) Select "all" and click "tracing options"

                3) Click "live trace"

                4) Click "expand"

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

                6) Click on one of the white areas and change color to transparent

                 

                Does this seem like the correct order of operations?

                 

                Everything appears to be fine until I change the white to transparent. It's only at that moment when the black lines appear to thicken.

                • 5. Re: live paint seems to make lines thicker
                  JETalmage Community Member

                  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.

                   

                  JET