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As I make more shapes with the shape builder tool, each shape takes longer to make. This makes sense, though is there a way to increase the speed? This is a snapshot of my layers panel and what I'm making.
Alternatively, is there a way to create what I'm creating (a deli basked liner; a checkered pattern that is not uniform) that wouldn't take so much time due to Illustrator processing it (I don't mind pressing each shape; just the time Illustrator takes to process it).
This will never be a particularly quick thing no matter what technique you use. A simple math thing. You know, checking for self-intersections and all that is complicated vector math stuff. You could of course start by creating multiple smaller Live Paint Groups instead of a single big one. for the visual appearance it won't matter, anyway. Otehr than that expanding and cleaning up every now and then may be advisable.
I tried using Live Paint and had no problems with speed. Thanks for the tip 🙂
Instead of shape builder, try the live paint tool (K). I don't think you would experience noticeable slowdown on objects like that.
Live paint did the trick! I hadn't heard of the Live Paint tool previously. Thanks so much!