I want to Draw Inside this shape that I have drawn by hand, scanned in, and then Image Traced. Under Image Trace I ticked the Strokes only setting, as the Path setting was not working for me as it created shapes within the outlines that were being drawn inside of.
However any time I select the set of paths to be able to draw inside them, the Draw Inside function is either inaccessible or will not draw inside or anywhere at all.
I did get it working once somehow when I first changed the trace setting to stroke, but it left a strange jagged hole where the paintbrush should have been, and I haven't been able to get anywhere close upon retrying the same steps.
Also whenever I try to make a compound path it says that I can't.
Could this just be that my computer cannot handle it? It has been fine so far but is 10 years old nevertheless. Help!
To achieve drawing inside, the function needs to be used on a singular path with a definite 'inside', not a collection of paths.
The second screenshot appears to be a live paint group?
Is there a way of making a selection of paths from the Image Trace into a singular path/shape?
And yes I think it is I was trying to fill the middle and work from there. Ignore that!
Presumably you want to paint in the boundaries of the hand while keeping the linework intact?
I would probably make a copy to paint in. Keep your original as-is.
Make a copy, Paste in Place, make a Live Paint group. Close the open wrist at the top with a new path.
Fill it all black (or whatever). Go to Object > Live Paint > Expand, then open the Pathfinder panel and click Merge.
You should be left with a single object that can be used with Draw Inside.
Thanks so much for your help, I think it's worked. And then presumably after shading the hand with the brush I'll merge it and copy the whole shape on to the original?
No, there should be no reason to merge anything.