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Using Live Paint

New in Illustrator CS2 is Live Paint, a unique but more natural way of painting. By taking the focus away from objects and stacking order and concentrating on coloring within the lines, Live Paint seeks to bridge the gap between vector drawing and raster painting. For this reason, Live Paint is especially freeing when used in conjunction with the Pencil tool.

Creating and Using Live Paint Groups

Create a Live Paint group by drawing shapes or open or closed paths with any of the drawing, shape, or line tools. Select all paths and objects, and choose Object, Live Paint, Make. Then all the paths and objects in the Live Paint group are treated like equal areas for coloring—stacking order is negated. When paths and objects overlap, their overlapping areas are treated as areas equal with non-overlapping areas—even if not all the parts of paths and objects are visible (see Figure 18.24).


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