I made a hand sketch on paper (just pencil sketch no colors), took picture, used a web based converter to convert JPEG to AI. I want to add color to different parts in adobe illustrator but ungroup option is grayed out. Can anyone tell how to ungroup an image converted to vector through a web based converter?

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Once you have the vectors after expanding, the image is not grouped, it is a Compound Path,

go to menu Object > Compound Path > Release

Or press Cmd + Shift + Alt + 8 Mac / Ctrl + Shift + Alt + 8 Win

Then you can Ungroup

  • Doing this converts all my drawing into black.
    – adeel asif
    Jul 5, 2018 at 11:39
  • Yes, but you have all the vectors to start coloring. You can not color different shapes with different colors at the same compound path because it is an unique vector object. Duplicate the image before to keep the original.
    – user120647
    Jul 5, 2018 at 11:43

After converting any image to vector first you have to expand that. then you can able to ungroup it.

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