January 5, 2006

Live Paint Article

Dave Awl published a great article/tutorial on the features of Live Paint. While it doesn't cover the Live Paint Selection tool as much as I would have hoped, it does a wonderful job of explaining the benefits of painting while "breaking all the rules".


Teri Pettit said...

Wow, that is a really great article.

I wish it were hosted somewhere where it wasn't so surrounded by all those distracting ads, but it's wonderful anyway.

Newmango said...

Really good tutorial. I especially like the part that deals with Gap settings, which can take a bit of experimentation.

Dave says: "Suppose you have some artwork that's already grouped, and you want to add another element to it. Without Group Isolation Mode, you'd have to select your group, ungroup it, and then select it along with your new element and group them all together again."

I've always created the element I want to add to a group, cut it, direct select an element in the group, and Paste in Front (or Back) to make it part of the group (you can drag it into the group on the layers palette, too). This method also works for Live Paint groups.

Mordy Golding said...

That's what I love about Illustrator, there's always 5 different ways to get something done!

Teri Pettit said...

Yeah, Dave is making the old way of getting new content inside groups sound harder than it really is. In older versions, you can even set the drawing insertion point into a group for a single edit. It just won't stick there, popping up to the enclosing layer after each time you draw something.

Insertion mode was intended more for the "sketching" workflow, where someone is drawing continuously into the same Live Paint group or other group, making a few lines, filling the areas between them, making a few more lines, filling the new regions they create, etc. While any of the old ways of getting new objects inside containers is fine if you're only doing it every now and then, it would get real tedious to have to repeat it over and over again for hundreds of strokes.