What is the most effective method for filling an artwork that has been live traced, expanded and is quite path heavy?
The direct selection tool I am guessing is the default method. However I find it difficult/confusing when working with an artwork that is live traced because there are so many paths and I have to double click into layers in order to get to the section I want to colour.
I found the shape builder tool also offers the option of fill colour. This allows me to colour a section I want without clicking into the groups/layers. It does sometimes take a long time to load the fill colour.
The live paint option is the method I have used the most. It is faster to apply. I understand however it is an effect and if paths get separated from the group the live paint effect is removed and it creates an outline.
I think it would also be helpful to know any tips for preparing my artwork for colour after live tracing it and expanding in illustrator. I know closing paths is important but also looking out for things that may cause problems when beginning to fill with colour.