the live paint tool won't fill in areas which are closed. All the lines are in the same layer. The tool will not highlight the areas that i want to fill. Any suggestions?
It's already a live paint group?
How is the gap detection set up?
Sometimes you need to set up gap detection smaller.
Also: which version is this?
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As Monika is suggesting, you have to make the objects into a Live Paint object before the Live Paint Bucket tool will do anything.
Select all of the objects you want in your Live Paint group and under the Object menu select LivePaint > Make.
Now your Bucket tool (K) should work.
Hi-- I understand the idea of making an object into a live paint object. When I double click on the object and go to Live Paint under the object menu, "make" is grayed out. I assume I am not selecting the object correctly. This problem with the live paint bucket comes up frequently for me when using a grid with a repeating pattern that I have duplicated and moved into place (to create monochromatic design work)... it generally occurs along one to two sides of the Artboard. Any suggestions or thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
Use the selection tool to select your objects.
Double click gives you Isolation mode.
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TO BE CLEAR THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR OVERCOMPLICATING SIMPLE OPERATIONS OR YOUR SOFTWARE BEING SO COUNTERINTUITIVE.
Actually Live Paint is one of the easiest parts of Illustrator.
And no, you don't have to first make a live paint group via the menu. You can just select the objects and click the first fill you want to make. If you can't handle live paint, then I would suggest a look into the documentation and not a search on youtube. Not a lot of youtube tutorials tell you about it or how to use it correctly.