How to use Live Paint in Illustrator [4K]

How to use Live Paint in Illustrator [4K]

September 8, 2019 1 By Peter Engel


hey there folks Gary Bradley here from
Creative Frontiers and in this video i’m gonna show you how you can use life
paint inside of illustrator to achieve this effect if this is your
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don’t miss a thing so this is the father i’m working with here i’ve got the
artwork prepared i’ve got the word surfing here I’ve got some vector lines
that I’ve created to emulate a kind of a crest of a wave what I would like to do
is drop colors into the regions where those red lines overlap for the text now
I say text he doesn’t actually text anymore you can’t use editable text with
the Live Paint tool feature inside of Illustrator you have to convert text
into an object so as you can see here I’ve got my converted text turned into
bath and I have the red lines which I drew the red lines with the pen tool to
create its kind of crest of a wave effect in here and I don’t want the red
lines to still be present so I just want the monster green here so you can see
it’s nice and clearly so you can see what I’ve done but if I used my
selection tool and just drag across those lines in there it should slike
most of them that’s just if I hold down the shift key and shift and let’s click
on this one here and now I have got all my red line selected if I go to the
window menu go down the list to swatches my swatches in here very small than the
swatches panel we’ll play quite a big part in terms of Live Paint Bucket so
I’m going to go to the pallet flight menu and choose large thumbnail and then
just pull the width of this out in here so I can see these two groups nice and
clearly so super white panel I’ll then go to the the stroke icon click on that
to make active at the front and then remove a stroke from there so you don’t
need any kind of print characteristics to these you’re gonna add them
afterwards so now I’ve removed the red lines which I don’t want to part the
artwork and then I’m gonna click and drag across everything that I want to be
a part of this Live Paint group which really is just adding the converted text
characters in here now you could go to the object menu and you could choose
lifepaint and then choose make to turn this into a live paint group it does
actually group the artwork together kind of tedious so I tend to say you can just
ignore that menu option really for the most part if you tap the K key in the
keyboard you’ll activate the Live Paint tool so it is actually buried underneath
the shape builder tool so if I click and hold down on here you’ve got the Live
Paint Bucket and you’ve got a live paint selection tool which you can literally
use to select components in your life paint group but with my elements
selected if i hover over left click on the Live Paint Bucket all that you now
have to do is hover your cursor over any part of this selected objects and you’ll
get this which little tooltip in here of sorts tells us that if you click now
you’ll turn these selected objects into a Live Paint group and that’s what I’ll
do I’ll left-click in there like so that is now a live paint group that won’t
make it really look any different in this mode in here but notice now if I
hover my cursor which now looks a very different Yuva now got a bucket icon but
the actual region where you utilize this tool from is the tiny black triangle
just above the Paint Bucket and then you have three boxes above it now these are
actually swatches from your swatches panel I’ll come to those in a second but
you notice now if I hover the triangular bit of my cursor over that region you’ll
see that anywhere where they were original red lines intersect now have
basic kind of visually sliced up the artwork so I now have effectively paint
by regions and then if you want to start using a color inside of Illustrator to
paint with well then I would say you go straight to the swatches panel again
you’ll notice that I’ve got some colors prepared here and I’m going to start off
with a nice light blue in his eye left click on like blue notice what happens
this now shows me where my cursor is the middle square is the active color the
square to the left is the previous color in the swatches panel and the square to
the right hand side is the next color and you can literally use the cursor
keys the left cursor key and if I tap that it takes you to a different color
and notice the link between the two if I move my cursor here closer to the
swatches panel as I tap the right cursor key
on the keyboard noticed that it cycles through the different swatches in the
swatches panel so that’s the neat way bail to work with this you’ve in theory
don’t actually need the swatches panel open wouldn’t you start with this but as
I say can be quite handy to have it open on screen so I’m gonna start off if I
just tap back to left to a very light blue in here and then I can hover my
cursor over the path and then left-click and it fills in that region with that
color all the way up to the edge of the path and then when it meets the first
intersecting line it stops filling it so I can do that for all these regions
across the top in here I want these all to be this light blue
color to kind of match really kind of a daytime kind of like blue sky and then
there’s this one as well so you just gotta watch out for where these regions
crisscross over make sure you’ve grabbed them all and down fill them with color
and then I want to go and now add in colors for my wave so I’m gonna go to
the darker blue colors in here so I’m going to pick up this dark blue and then
oh notice that I missed this bit here look out for that one so if I tap back a
couple of times the right-hand side click in there that also uses a light
blue because it’s above that line and then use my cursor key to tap to the
left hand side to go to a darker blue left click in there and then just drop
it in up to this region here and to get the darker blue in there like so you can
always go back and you can pick a different color if you want if I want to
go for a darker blue you can just use the cursor keys or you can click to a
color inside of here and then you can start using it so if I wants to go for a
darker blue I could click in that region and just recolor it you know it’s not a
one-time only thing you can let you just drop colors into those intersecting
regions at any time that you want so what will you do is I’m going to just
speed up the video little bit so you’d have to sit here and listen to me waffle
on about color and things anymore as I’m sure you don’t to do that and I’ll speed
it up just the point where I filled in all these colors in here to show you a
couple of extra things you might want to be aware of as well okay so we have our
word surf now filled in with the different kind of intersecting colors in
there so I’ve got that kind of effect of the crystal wave running through the
word which will be so much more difficult to do and edit in different
ways inside of Illustrator you have to create things like a clipping mask and
things like that but also to show you it’s not only solid
colors that you can utilize for the fill you can also utilize patterns as well so
I’ve got some ready prepared patterns here if I wanted to I could click on
this kind of wavy colors one here I mean I think I’m right in saying that all of
these patterns have from libraries inside of Illustrator so if I go down to
the library icon down here you’ve got patterns you’ve got basic graphics in
there you got decorative nature you’ll be able to access the same kind of
patterns from there as well so without further do now having clicked on this
one for wanted to I could go through and I could add a pattern in here just like
so just to make it you know maybe a little bit more visually interesting if
you wanted to so patterns work as well same philosophy if you tap the Left
cursor key you can cycle to the previous swatches in the swatches panel tap the
right cursor key to tap to the right hand side to look at the next watches so
there it is folks I mean that’s how you can add fills inside of regions inside
of Illustrator one of the thing to mention we’ve only looked at fills you
can also apply stroke so if I say if I hover over my F in here and I and a dark
color to that if I left click on it add a dark color you can hold down the shift
key and that will change the mode from fill to stroke and now you see not a
paint bucket but a paintbrush so again what you could do is you’d go to the
window menu go down to stroke applet stroke panel
so seven points in there for the stroke point wait if I hold down the shift-key
again hover over there and left-click that’s how you can change it so even
though the whole life paint group is active it won’t change the properties
for all of them in there notice now I can go back and target the stroke in
there I could go back to one of the lighter blue colors hover over hold down
the shift key shift and left-click to change the property of that if I don’t
like the thickness of the stroke I can reduce it again same thing I can hover
my cursor over the edge of the path hold down the shift key and shift and
left-click and change the thickness of it in there so it may well be that if
you wanted to change the color of strokes you need the stroke panel open
and the swatches panel as well I’m gonna remove that from here so I’m going to
click on the non swatch and then hold down the shift key and shift and
left-click on there like so switch back to my selection tool click away and then
close these panels down final thing to show you then if I select this path in
here and then pick up my zoom tool if I wanted to I could zoom over to where the
S is down here and you can change the position of where these lines crisscross
as well so if I switch to my direct selection tool click on the end of the
stroke in there notice that I can click and drag I can pull that down you can
alter the region that the color increases or decreases where it effects
as long as you don’t pull these lines apart so nurses here I haven’t moved
this path to the right hand side I haven’t moved it above the s in here but
if you were to it just loses the color in that region if I click and drag and
pull this upwards and then let go of the mouse it now feels it complete with the
darker blue and you’ve lost that region because it no longer intersects if I
click and hold down the mouse and drag that anchor point back down again
you get the appearance of a line higher up so it will just try and guess what
you need to do but just be aware yes you can change the path though the intersect
you can modify the anchor points and so and so forth but just make sure that if
you do have a region of color don’t pull those two apart because you’ll drop the
color out those regions so that’s it folks that’s how you can life paint
inside of Illustrator by creating multiple shapes putting them into a live
paint group and where those shapes crisscross one another they create
regions where you can drop color into as always if you’ve enjoyed the video
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