Illustrator CC 2014 - Live Paint Bucket Won't Work


Does anyone know how I can change the stars/radio towers to "no fill" without changing the surrounding areas? I still want the surrounding fill to be white, but the inside of the star/radio towers to be transparent/no fill. When I use live paint, it changes, but since it's "no fill" it shows the white fill from the circle that contains it.

Does that make sense? I hope so.

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6/16/2015 9:29:00 PM

Objects can have no fill, when you select them you just change the fill to none. But since you have that white circle behind the shapes you need to use the Pathfinder pallet. This will cut a hole in that white circle in the shape you want.


Then select each of the elements you want to subtract from the white circle and make a compound path.

Command+8 OR Object>Compound Path>Make

Lastly, select the white circle and the compound path you just made and click divide in the Pathfinder pallet (it's the second one in).

If you still want the black line around the shapes, you can copy them all first. So then when you finish you can hit Command+F to paste in place. Just make sure you remove the fill from them.

OPTION 2 (Edit)

If you whole document is a live paint area, you CAN fill with 'no fill'. Just open your color pallet. And click the white square with the red diagonal line. Then with live paint you can click the shape. This is only IF you're already working on a live paint object.

Live Paint with no fill

Good Luck!

6/16/2015 11:04:00 PM