What happens if you skip the live paint step and just apply the gradient to the path?
I gave that a try.
I think I need to figure out how to make separate paths in the drawing.
I scan in a drawing, select live sketch and then...?
Can anyone tell me how to consolidate areas of a sketch to create separate paths to fill with gradients?
I am still with 10; maybe you should state yours.
It is the first I have heard of live sketch. Does it result in separate strokes/paths, instead of closed paths?
An image or two, posted using the Camera icon to avoid queueing, may be helpful.
Not sure about the image you are talking about. As suggested a screen shot would help.
Some things that may come into play:
1-are you ignoring white when using live trace?
2-have you tried releasing any compound paths that were created when using the live trace?
3-when using live paint have you checked your gap options to see if it is a closed path (as suggested above)?
Please try this link:
http://www.layersmagazine.com/live-trace-and-live-paint-in-adobe-illustrator-cs2.html It shows you how to deal with gaps. The tutorial is using CS2 but you can use it with CS3 and CS4.
I hope this helps!