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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.
As we've seen so far working with Live Paint groups allows me to continuously make changes to artwork, because after all it's live. However, there maybe times when I want to spend my Live Paint group, because I'm done editing it. Alternatively, I may choose to release my Live Paint group. Let's exactly see what both of these options do. Now in this file here called mane7 I've unlocked this top part of the mane here. I want to show you the two options you'll have when working with Live Paint. Notice I have all the original ovals here so that if I wanted to I can double-click to isolate for example and just choose one of these ovals and adjust them and that changes how that overall shape looks.
I am going to press Undo a few times here. And I'm now going to exit Isolation mode by hitting Escape and I'll select my Live Paint group and I'll click on the Expand button. Notice what happens now. Only the visual areas meaning the parts that have some kind of appearance apply to them, in this case fills are now available to me. All of the other parts of my objects have been deleted and it's no longer a Live Paint group. It's now a regular group with all of these different paths inside of it. If I go into Outline view you can now see the makeup of my artwork.
In this case here since I still have some objects here and I really want to combine this all into one shape I might now choose pathfinder Unite to turn all of these into a one solid object. I am going to press Undo though to go back to my Live Paint group and I want to show yet another option. If I go to the Object menu and I choose Live Paint>Release this will now ungroup the artwork and in doing so I'm going to lose the appearance that I've applied to it and in this case those fills and it returns my artwork back to the way that it was before I turn this into a Live Paint group.
So in this case now all of these objects have now no fill, but they have a half-point stroke applied to it. Now of course as you're working you could always leave your Live Paint groups together. You can leave them intact. That allows you to go back to your files even months down the line and continue to make adjustments and changes as necessary. However, I do find that sometimes when sending files out to other people purely for the production purposes you might want to go ahead and expand your Live Paint groups just in case the people who are going to be working on your files are not familiar with this feature.
In this way might avoid unfortunate accidents from happening sometime down the line. However, I find that when I'm working and I'm building my own artwork on my own servers and on my own computers, personally I always keep my Live Paint groups intact and all of the files that I hold onto just in case I ever want to make changes. However, when I create a file and I'm going to send to somebody else at that time I may choose to expand my Live Paint groups if I feel that will make things a little bit easier and more simpler. However, just keep in mind that you always have the ability to release your Live Paint groups as well and get back to your original paths.
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