I have packaging that is created with lines (paths). I need to color some of the parts of the packaging. I am having difficulty using various tools to create a shape from my paths (shape builder, pathfinder and live paint bucket). I managed to come close (I think) using live paint bucket, but when I go to apply a color, the only option I have is "k". There is no "c", "m" or "y".

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Your current selection has a black stroke and no fill. I suspect the stroke is in Greyscale mode.

Select your fill, select a color, go to the color window, use the dropdown arrow in top right and make sure color setting is CMYK.

Before applying the paintbucket I load up the fill and stroke I need, select the objects and then apply paintbucket.

With your color selected in the fill and in CMYK color mode apply the paintbucket. (Do you really want a stroke on your paint objects? if not turn it off and have only a fill)

  • How do I make a shape from the paths that I selected? And still keep the fold marks (dotted line)? – Deanne DeGrandpre Nov 21 '17 at 23:40

Live Paint just applies swatch colors to areas.

You can use the arrow keys ( and ) to "walk" through the swatches in the Swatch Panel. You should see the little 3-box cursor change colors as you do. The middle color is the one which will be applied. The left and right boxes indicate the adjacent swatch colors.

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Or you can simply click a swatch you want to use, then click the object on the Artboard with the Live Paint Bucket Tool.

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