After Live Trace in Illustrator, I can't figure out how to change some of the lines' color


I auto traced an image and am trying to change the color of all the black lines and sections to brown, but some of the lines I can't change with the Paint Bucket tool (because it fills in a large section of white instead). Is there a way I can change these lines' color? If not, what should I do differently when applying Live Trace so that such lines don't exist?

auto traced image I'm trying to color

4/9/2014 1:33:00 AM

Accepted Answer

Select the art and click the Expand button on the Control bar.

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4/9/2014 10:45:00 AM

The best way to handle auto traced images in Illustrator is to expand them and then color the images.

I typically do the following:

  • Select the entire image: Choose Objects > Expand to break the image into individual pieces.
  • Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select the white chunks, delete the white
  • Group the remaining bits (all the colored parts)
  • Change the fill color for the entire image at once.