Grid pattern fill squares different colors to create artwork

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hello,

i would like to autogenerate a grid (rectangular grid tool maybe?) with about 20x20 squares and then use the grid as a template to create artwork, kind of like a checkerboard. i would like to be able to fill each square with different colors and then delete the grid to be left with just the squares of color. is this possible? 

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 04, 2022 Apr 04, 2022
You can create a rectangle of 200 X 200 Select Object > Path > Split Into Grid and use 20 horizontal Rows and 20 vertical Columns and start coloring

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Option-click the rectangular grid tool. Use Pathfinder Palette >> Divide You can use the random fill script if you like.

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If you want to do this procedure multiple times you can make either Ton or Mike's procedure into an action (Window menu > Actions opens the panel) that can produce the desired grid quickly. With the grid selected, click inside it with the Live Paint Bucket Tool to color a square and establish a Live Paint Group. You may want to have the Swatches panel open to quickly select colors as you proceed. When you are finished coloring, go to Object menu > Live Paint > Expand, then ungroup. Select the re...

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The Paint Bucket can also color strokes. Just double click the Paint Bucket in the Tools panel for options.

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You can create a rectangle of 200 X 200

Select Object > Path > Split Into Grid and use 20 horizontal Rows and 20 vertical Columns and start coloring

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thank you!!!! 😄 

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Option-click the rectangular grid tool.

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Use Pathfinder Palette >> Divide

You can use the random fill script if you like.

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thank you!!!

always appreciative of this support!

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so, using your suggestion i've got a grid. i used ton's way as well.

in either case, i'd like to now try to create outlined boxes, so instead of fill different boxes, only have some outlined with a stroke. so i have this pattern but id like to try it with each square only outlined, not filled. (attached)

paint bucket is a fill and so i think it can only be used in this way.

and the grid doesnt seem to let me select each square.

any ideas?

ya'll are amazing!

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so, using your suggestion i've got a grid. i used ton's way as well.

in either case, i'd like to now try to create outlined boxes, so instead of fill different boxes, only have some outlined with a stroke. so i have this pattern but id like to try it with each square only outlined, not filled. (attached)

paint bucket is a fill and so i think it can only be used in this way.

and the grid doesnt seem to let me select each square.

any ideas?

ya'll are amazing!

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The Paint Bucket can also color strokes. Just double click the Paint Bucket in the Tools panel for options.

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If you want to do this procedure multiple times you can make either Ton or Mike's procedure into an action (Window menu > Actions opens the panel) that can produce the desired grid quickly. With the grid selected, click inside it with the Live Paint Bucket Tool to color a square and establish a Live Paint Group. You may want to have the Swatches panel open to quickly select colors as you proceed. When you are finished coloring, go to Object menu > Live Paint > Expand, then ungroup. Select the remaining uncolored grid and delete.

 

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great idea!!!

thank you!!

 

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Good to hear you found the suggestions helpful.

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