How to paint with fills and strokes in Illustrator

As a Graphic Designer and Logo Designer, I wanted to share this great hidden tool in illustrator that allows you to “fill” in shapes in your vector artwork. This is great for designing logos so you can “fill” gaps in your shapes to colorize and play with them. I used to use this tool a lot back in the days of Adobe Flash, when creating shapes for animation. Im glad they have it in Illustrator! Its an invaluable design tool. This hidden tool is found under the “Shape Builder Tool” that is on the left side of the Tool menu, the 9th one down (Shape builder looks like two circles with an arrow over them). See screenshot below or watch the video above.

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How to Use Live Paint Bucket Tool in Adobe Illustrator
  1. Step 1: Select all (or the part that you want to color with the live paint bucket tool), go to the overhead menu Object > Live Paint > Make.
  2. Step 2: Select the Live Paint Bucket tool on the toolbar or activate it using the K key on your keyboard.

Illustrator Tutorial – How To Use The Live Paint Bucket Tool

adobe illustrator paint bucket tool?

Use the Appearance panel to create multiple fills and strokes for the same object. Adding multiple fills and strokes to an object is the basis for creating many interesting effects. For example, you can create a second, narrower stroke on top of a wide stroke, or you can apply an effect to one fill but not the other.

Controls how far you have to move your mouse or stylus before Illustrator adds a new anchor point to the path. For example, a Fidelity value of 2.5 means that tool movements of less than 2.5 pixels aren’t registered. Fidelity can range from 0.5 to 20 pixels; the higher the value, the smoother and less complex the path.

A. An object consisting of paths painted with the existing method has a single fill and a single stroke B. The same object converted to a Live Paint group can be painted with a different fill for each face C. The same object converted to a Live Paint group can be painted with a different stroke for each edge

The Select > Same > Fill Color, Stroke Color, and Stroke Weight commands work within a Live Paint group when you select a face or edge with the Live Paint Selection tool. Other Select > Same commands dont work. You cant select the same objects both inside and outside a Live Paint group at the same time.

After you draw an object, you assign a fill, stroke, or both to it. You can then draw other objects that you can paint similarly, layering each new object on top of the previous ones. The result is something like a collage made out of shapes cut from colored paper, with the look of the artwork depending on which objects are on top in the stack of layered objects.

adobe illustrator paint bucket tool?

Once a laborious activity, adding colors or “painting” defined areas in Adobe Illustrator is a lot easier when the live paint bucket tool is used. Using the live paint bucket tool will allow you to add color and paint areas quickly and easily. It works much like the traditional paint bucket in Adobe Photoshop. First, select the vector object that would like to color with the live paint bucket. (You can select all of the vector objects at one time, if you like).

When I use Adobe Illustrator to color s, I use the live paint bucket tool in conjunction with the blob brush tool. This way I am able to add the illusion of a light source and shadows quickly and easily. Just be sure to duplicate your original “ink” layer first. The technique I use is demonstrated in the video below. This technique will only work in CS4 or higher, since the blob brush tool is new to Adobe Illustrator CS4.

Where is the Fill Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Note: Screenshots are taken from the Illustrator CC 2021 Mac version. Windows or other versions might look slightly different.

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