Live Paint Selection not selecting individual segments

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Hey guys, I'm looking for some help; I started using Illustrator few weeks ago and learnt the basics of the live paint tool. When I learnt it, whenever I used the live paint selection tool, it allowed me to select single strokes / segments of lines of a shape, not just intersections.

 

Now, whenever I try to do this, the whole shape / area of the stroke gets selected and it's very annoying.

 

I tried:

  • reverting to an older version of Illustrator but that didn't solve it.
  • checking the tool options that I only have select by stroke selected.

 

Am I stupid and just forgot to click an option somewhere or is the tool not behaving as it should?

 

(it also started making a weird outline after the selection, you'll be able to see it in the screenshot.)

 

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<- Shape I'm working with.

 

 

 

 

 

<- What happens when I hover an area with live paint selection tool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<- Actually making that selection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<- What I want to actually select

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Oct 23, 2021 Oct 23, 2021
I don't see anything in that file that should keep you from selecting a stroke. But Illustrator will always select a stroke between intersections. So what you have marked in red won't happen unless there is some other line running across.

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I messed up the formatting, basically the pictures in order are meant to say:

Shape I'm working with, (top left)

Hovering over an example selection with live paint selection tool (top right)

Making that selection (bottom right?)

What I actually want it to look like (bottom left)

 

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Double click the live paint selectio ntool and check the strokes option.

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Can you share this sample Illustrator file (.ai)?

 

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@Kurt Gold There you go, already converted the shape in that one to a live paint shape.

@Monika Gause already have that selected (and fill deselected)

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for some reason the file didn't attach one sec

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I couldn't attach the file using the forum so I uploaded it on a site sample shape.ai 

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I don't see anything in that file that should keep you from selecting a stroke. But Illustrator will always select a stroke between intersections. So what you have marked in red won't happen unless there is some other line running across.

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Alright, thanks for letting me know. Must've misremember some things from when I first learnt it and it just confused me. Thanks for your help.

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