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Illustrator won't let me fill in color

Community Beginner ,
Jul 25, 2023 Jul 25, 2023

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I'm very beginner so I have no clue where to even begin looking for the reason why.

I'm attempting to color fill using the live paint bucket tool, but Illustrator blocks it on every layer. Mousing over the layers, there's a little circle with a dash through it next to the paint tool by my cursor.

 

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Community Expert , Jul 26, 2023 Jul 26, 2023

It looks like you've only got a path selected. The live paint tool works by filling areas bounded by paths. If there's no boundaries, there's nothing to fill.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 25, 2023 Jul 25, 2023

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It might really help if you actually read the online help. That's just not how things in AI work. You simply select the object and change its fill color in the attributes or by directly clicking on a color swatch/ changing the color sliders. The Live Paint tools have a different meaning and would require the artwork to be converted to a Live paint group first.

 

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Jul 26, 2023 Jul 26, 2023

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I appreciate the feedback, thank you!

 

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Jul 26, 2023 Jul 26, 2023

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It looks like you've only got a path selected. The live paint tool works by filling areas bounded by paths. If there's no boundaries, there's nothing to fill.

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Jul 26, 2023 Jul 26, 2023

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I appreciate it! Thank you. 

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Also, take a look at the Gap Detection options when using Live Paint.

 

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