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In this installment of the Illustrator Insider Training series, Mordy Golding shows how to draw vector artwork quickly, precisely, and efficiently—without having to think about technical concepts like anchor points or control handles. The course highlights intuitive drawing techniques using the Pathfinder functions, Live Paint groups, Shape Builder tool, and variable-width strokes. It also describes the sketching workflow and features in Illustrator that use pressure-sensitive drawing tablets, allowing designers to focus more on their creativity.
In this movie I want to focus on the concept that Live Paint groups are actually groups inside of Illustrator. Let's take a look over here at the ear. If I click on this right now I see that I have four paths that I've actually combined together into a single group, in this case a Live Paint group, so that I can apply fill attributes to the areas. If I look over here in my Layers panel I see that I have my Live Paint Group currently selected and I have four paths that appear inside of that group. Now I also went ahead and added yet path here.
this is the fifth, because maybe I want to add some kind an area here for shading and I wanted to create yet another area. So all I did is after I've already created my Live Paint group I now drew another path. So if I now take my Live Paint Bucket tool I want to be able to fill that area and shade it, but you can see that even though the line is here and it completely goes across over here I'm not detecting any kind of paintable region here, and the reason why that's happening is because this path that I created is not a part of the Live Paint group for the rest of these objects that makes up the ear.
So you can see over here with this path selected this path currently lives outside of the Live Paint group. In order for me to have that be a paintable region it must live along with the other paths inside of that group. So in this movie I want to focus on a few ways that we can actually do that. All we have to realize is that a Live Paint group is a regular group. it just has some special attributes that when I use the Live Paint Bucket tool with it I can apply paint to these visible regions.
However, it acts like any other group inside of Illustrator. So for example, if I have my Layers panel open, let's say I even deselect this piece of artwork right now, I know that path is right here. If I simply take this path and drag it so that now it becomes a part of the Live Paint group simply by hitting the K key on my keyboard to activate my Live Paint Bucket tool, I'll see that I can now apply paint to that region, because now that path is a part of that group. Press undo though, because I want to show yet another method that we can do this.
Again, just focusing on the aspects and the knowledge that a Live Paint group is really just a group, I am going to take this path as it is right now and Command+X or Ctrl+X to put it onto my clipboard. Next, I am going to double-click on this path right here to put me into Isolation mode, because right now I am inside the group. You can even see now in my Layers panel that everything else is isolated. I am now inside of the Live Paint group. If I now choose Edit and I choose Paste in Place, I am now pasting this path but I am inside the group so the path now gets pasted into the group.
So it automatically now becomes a part of the group. So now again if I use my Live Paint Bucket tool I will be able to paint that individual region. Why? Because I took that path and I pasted it into the group using the Isolation mode feature. Let me go ahead and press Command+Z or a Ctrl+Z to undo that and press Escape to go back here and once again I am going to hit Command+Shift+V or Ctrl+Shift+V to paste that piece of artwork or that path right where it was before, but again it's outside the group so it's now not part of that Live Paint group at all.
Let me show you yet another way that we can add this into the group itself. If I take both the group and my path and I select them both at the same time. So now I have both my Live Paint group and my path selected. You'll notice that inside of the control panel there is now a button that says Merge Live Paint. This button will appear anytime that you have a Live Paint group selected inside of Illustrator along with either another Live Paint group or other paths.
By simply clicking on this button the Illustrator will now incorporate all loose paths that are outside the group into the Live Paint group so that now I could use my Live Paint Bucket tool to now modify the fill attributes of anything inside of that group. Now let's just talk about using Isolation mode once again, but in a different way. If I knew that I wanted to draw a new path to create some kind of a shading here what I might do is something as follows. Let me actually take this path. I use my white selection tool here and just Option+Click on that or Alt+Click on it to select the entire path and then just simply delete it.
If I decide that I want to put a new path there I can start off by first double-clicking and isolating this group. Now that I'm in the group any path that I go ahead now and start to draw. let's say right about over here and maybe I'll use my Reshape tool by hitting the E key. Remember, we remapped that keyboard shortcut. And maybe I can now draw some kind of shape here. This is yet another way that I might go ahead and create additional shapes, because by isolating my group first and then drawing the shape I am drawing the shape directly into that group.
Now when I hit Escape to exit Isolation mode that piece of artwork is already in the group. So if I use my Live Paint Bucket tool I'll now see that I can add through those areas. So as long as we remain focused on the concept that Live Paint has to do with the groups, we could take advantage of everything that we ready know about how groups work using Isolation mode, using Copy/Paste or using the Merge Live Paint command to take regular paths and integrate them or assimilate them into existing Live Paint groups.
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