Good day everyone. I've been trying to add color to an object after live tracing, but I can't figure it out. I knew how to a while back but didn't touch Illustrator for a while and forgot how. What I'm trying to do is fill everything in the object. I can do it with the live paint fill tool, but I have to fill each and every little detail by itself. So is there a way to just change the color of the object from black to another color, kind of like a color overlay in Photoshop?

13 Comments

  • Glenn

    Try avoiding live trace. It rarely comes out good.
  • William Henry

    Just select the object, then go to the color window and change its color.
  • Joshy Jetplane

    William Henry said:Just select the object, then go to the color window and change its color.

    This. Or instead of filling every area using live trace, draw with the pen tool a shape behind the object, and change that color.
  • EmpireDesigns

    Glenn said:Try avoiding live trace. It rarely comes out good.

    I try to avoid it usually, but I'm on a strict schedule with this one.

    William Henry said:Just select the object, then go to the color window and change its color.

    Tried it, didn't work.

    Joshy Jetplane said:
    William Henry said:Just select the object, then go to the color window and change its color.

    This. Or instead of filling every area using live trace, draw with the pen tool a shape behind the object, and change that color.

    I need to change the color of the object from black to something else.
  • Obscure

    it is because you have livetaced something and you are trying to change the colour of something right? You need to select the paths or make a mask of what you want to colour or it will select the whole thing.

    Livetrace creates a lot of problems like this. Live paint would do it but as you said it is irritating.
  • quakerninja

    You can hold the shift key down as you click objects you want, (keep it held down forever, or you will have to start over again) if you slip and move them, don't panic, just keep holding shift and use undo (command z) you will just go back one step and you can go back to clicking. click once to select click again to deselect. For those hard to reach tricky bits. When you got all that done then color all of them at once using the default swatches.

    For some of the tiny bits you can lock surrounding areas, (Command plus the number 2) some areas to get them out of the way.
    or
    Then you can use the magic wand (Y) to select all of that color and edit it later.

    At this point it's not much of a shortcut anymore, so whatever time you were trying to save live tracing will be lost trying to work with the results of the trace. I would recommend using that time to just make it from scratch.
    If it's this much of a hassle the first time, you can imagine how much it's going to suck when they ask you to make a revision.
    If you have trouble with the pen tool like I do. You can try the blob brush tool, or the pencil tool as shape making alternatives.
    You will need a pretty steady hand, and some confidence, but it's no harder then drawing with pen and paper I promise.
    You can do it buddy. Learning the slow way now will save you a lot of headaches in the future.
    Just my two cents.
  • CASTLE

    If you use the white select arrow and select the outer ring of your object that holds all your compound paths live trace has created, it will only select one point in your over all path but that is ok. Hit command C, then command V.. copy and paste. You'll notice it only copy and pastes the one point you have selected. But, if you then hit command Z, it will revert and select that whole outside path with out all the compound paths inside of it. Hit command C and command F for paste in front... send to back and color.
  • ithew

    if you just live traced and didn't expand the shapes...you have to do that in order to select out each individual shape

    select all and then object > expand
  • ThinkInkClothing

    After live trace,click "EXPAND" located at the top then group. After that,usually,for me,it doesn't give me any color palette.. so waht i do,is a create a whole new document and trasfer the illustration.

    That's what I do..
  • cynicdesign

    Glenn said:Try avoiding live trace. It rarely comes out good.

    I use auto trace when it's appropriate. It's just a tool like any other.

    1. You need to Expand the live trace to make it into individual pieces
    - Then unroup the objects to choose them individually

    - or use the group selection tool to choose a black piece and hit select>same color to choose and edit just the black parts

    - or use the group selection tool to choose a white piece and go to Select>same color> and delete all the white. That's what I do
  • cynicdesign

    Glenn said:Try avoiding live trace. It rarely comes out good.

    I use auto trace when it's appropriate. It's just a tool like any other.

    1. You need to Expand the live trace to make it into individual pieces
    - Then unroup the objects to choose them individually

    - or use the group selection tool to choose a black piece and hit select>same color to choose and edit just the black parts

    - or use the group selection tool to choose a white piece and go to Select>same color> and delete all the white. That's what I do
  • EmpireDesigns

    Thanks everyone! I've been trying to figure out a lot of stuff in Illustrator for a while, but the online tutorials never seem to give me what I'm looking for. Thanks so much!
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