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Creating a Live Paint group

From: Illustrator Insider Training: Drawing without the Pen Tool

Video: Creating a Live Paint group

So we know that Live Paint allows us to focus more on the visual aspects of our artwork instead of the underlying paths and anchor points. So let's learn how to create Live Paint Groups and that will get us started to learning how to use and kind of tap the power of this feature. I am going to start with this document here called mane.ai, We're actually going to be focusing on creating the mane Mister Zee at the top of his head, so that we get a good understanding for how to create Live Paint Groups and then we'll apply it to the artwork over here for Mister Zee.

Creating a Live Paint group

So we know that Live Paint allows us to focus more on the visual aspects of our artwork instead of the underlying paths and anchor points. So let's learn how to create Live Paint Groups and that will get us started to learning how to use and kind of tap the power of this feature. I am going to start with this document here called mane.ai, We're actually going to be focusing on creating the mane Mister Zee at the top of his head, so that we get a good understanding for how to create Live Paint Groups and then we'll apply it to the artwork over here for Mister Zee.

So let's focus on these shapes here. Again, I've two circles and a rectangle very, very basic constructs, and we're going to turn this into a Live Paint Group. Remember when dealing with Live Paint, everything comes down to working with Groups that's would kind of is the heart of the feature. If you don't use Groups then the entire concept of Live Paint does not apply inside of Illustrator, so we've to understand that in order for us to work in this magical world of Live Paint if that's what we want to call it, we've to first define a Group for our artwork.

Now we can just create a regular Group, so if I take these three pieces of artwork right now and I select them and I now have three different pieces of artwork selected, I can't just go to the Object menu and choose Group, because that creates a regular Group, but we need to deal with something called the Live Paint Group. Now one way to do that is to actually select the Live Paint Bucket tool inside of Illustrator. The keyboard shortcut for that tool is the K key on your keyboard. When you've some artwork selected and you now take the Live Paint Bucket tool and you click anywhere on the bounding area of your selected artwork, just by clicking performs the act of turning this now into a Live Paint Group, so it's not a regular group it is special group called a Live Paint Group.

In fact, if you've your bounding box option turned on and you select a Live Paint Group with your Regular Selection tool you'll notice that inside of little handles that that appear around the perimeter of your bounding box, you'll see little stars that appear inside of those little bounding boxes and that's because Live Paint Groups are special, so they get stars. But it's a real easy way when you select any artwork inside of your document to know what you're dealing. This is very helpful by the way when you are dealing with files that other people have created in case you want to find out if any Live Paint Groups exists inside of the documents, simply make a selection with your bounding box turned on and you'll be able to see and identify right away which objects are indeed a Live Paint Group.

Now I am actually going to press undo or Command+Z for a moment here. Let's go back to regular paths, because I want to show you another method for creating a Live Paint Group. If we go up to Object menu you can scroll down over here where it says Live Paint and then choose this option called Make. The keyboard shortcut by the way is Command+Option+X that's if you are on Mac, that would be Ctrl+Alt+X if you are on windows. I am going to choose a Live Paint>Make and that is also going to now turn these three objects into a special group called the Live Paint Group.

Now once I've created this Live Paint Group I've the ability to treat it in the visual fashion, meaning I can apply paint or I can apply attributes. Meaning fills and strokes based on the areas that way that I see it. For example, if I want to apply a fill just to this area right here and I'd be able to do so. Note I do not have to use Pathfinder. In fact, let's kind of put Pathfinder away for now, because we're not going to be using it. And now we're going to be exploring this Live Paint feature and see how we might be able to accomplish similar tasks.

So now that we know how to create a Live Paint Group let's see how we might do that for Mister Zee over here. I am actually going to go ahead and zoom in on this part of his head so we can get a better look at this. I'm going to click and drag, so now I've all these elements selected and I am going to use the keyboard shortcut Command+Option+X or Ctrl+Alt+X and now I've turned all these path, which are just basically some ovals in a regular path which is part of the top of the head, and I've now turn this into a Live Paint Group.

At this point I'm ready to start going to the next step using the Live Paint Bucket tool just start to color in the regions that I want, we'll do that in the next movie.

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  1. 7m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. The evolution of vector drawing
      3m 46s
    3. Getting the most out of this training
      1m 30s
    4. Using the exercise files
      27s
  2. 39m 2s
    1. Plotting points vs. drawing paths
      5m 36s
    2. Drawing artwork vs. building artwork
      7m 59s
    3. The keyboard shortcuts you HAVE to know
      8m 52s
    4. Groups and layers really do matter
      3m 11s
    5. Taming Smart Guides and the Bounding Box
      10m 53s
    6. Do you need a drawing tablet?
      2m 31s
  3. 47m 51s
    1. To sketch or not to sketch?
      2m 32s
    2. Setting up a template layer for your sketch
      3m 37s
    3. Optimizing default settings for drawing
      5m 27s
    4. Using the primitive shapes tools
      5m 7s
    5. Mastering the modifier keys
      2m 8s
    6. Mastering the transform tools
      6m 37s
    7. Creating curves with the Reshape tool
      6m 44s
    8. Using the Smooth tool
      3m 35s
    9. Using Simplify to create smooth paths
      3m 2s
    10. Recording an action for the Simplify command
      5m 2s
    11. Mirroring art for speed and accuracy
      4m 0s
  4. 50m 18s
    1. Deconstructing the Pathfinder panel
      1m 56s
    2. Using the Shape Modes functions
      12m 4s
    3. Using the Pathfinder functions
      13m 4s
    4. Understanding how compound shapes work
      11m 45s
    5. Understanding why compound shapes exist
      7m 32s
    6. Exploring additional Pathfinder options
      3m 57s
  5. 52m 51s
    1. Why Live Paint was created
      10m 45s
    2. Creating a Live Paint group
      4m 21s
    3. Using the Live Paint Bucket tool
      7m 8s
    4. Using Live Paint with open paths
      5m 6s
    5. Detecting gaps in Live Paint groups
      3m 42s
    6. Adding paths to a Live Paint group
      5m 34s
    7. Using the Live Paint Selection tool
      6m 28s
    8. Releasing and expanding Live Paint groups
      2m 59s
    9. Understanding how Live Paint works
      6m 48s
  6. 27m 37s
    1. Why the Shape Builder tool was created
      4m 18s
    2. Focusing on the big three: Add, Subtract, and Divide
      2m 27s
    3. Using the Shape Builder tool to add and subtract artwork
      9m 50s
    4. Using the Shape Builder to divide artwork
      3m 48s
    5. Building and coloring artwork at the same time
      3m 50s
    6. Using Gap Detection with the Shape Builder tool
      3m 24s
  7. 23m 2s
    1. Understanding how variable widths work
      8m 25s
    2. Modifying width points along a path
      7m 9s
    3. Saving time with width profiles
      5m 14s
    4. Turning variable width strokes into filled paths
      2m 14s
  8. 28m 21s
    1. Understanding how the Pen and Pencil tools differ
      4m 41s
    2. Adjusting the behavior of the Pencil tool
      7m 5s
    3. Using the Path Eraser tool
      1m 17s
    4. Drawing with the Calligraphic Brush tool
      5m 43s
    5. Drawing with the Blob Brush tool
      5m 53s
    6. Using the Eraser tool
      3m 42s
  9. 3m 44s
    1. Looking at the VectorScribe plug-in
      2m 16s
    2. Next steps
      1m 28s

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