I can hobble my way around Illustrator, but I'm far from a pro, so please bear with me here.
For most of my work in Illustrator, I use basic shapes. I draw a rectangle; move around the anchors; subtract a circle from the middle; etc. When I'm done, I've got a drawing made up of lots of individual shapes (objects) that compose a picture.
I've recently been given an illustration that the artist did with Live Paint. I've never used that feature myself, but it reminds me of virtual stained glass. The outline of all the shapes is one big piece, then the colors were filled in one by one. The problem is that I can't seem to manipulate parts of the illustration like I can with individual objects.
Is there a way I can break up that Live Paint mess in to a group of standard objects?
You can use the
Direct Selection Tool (A) to manipulate the original objects that went into the Live Paint object. Also,
Object > Expand... from the menubar will break the Live Paint object up into component shapes, as if the object were 'flattened', which you can then manipulate. They'll probably be within a couple nested groups, so you'll have to
Ungroup a few times or use the
Direct Selection Tool to get at them.