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Hi, I am a newb using Illustrator. I don't know what's going on in Layers )= I understand the tools, but not how they work together I guess.

It's black, but I can not see anything being filled.

What are the proper tools to use to make this kind of shape and get it to fill with colors in sections? Thank you!!

I selected all and attempted to live paint but I got this:

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  • The Live Paint issue is a different issue. My original answer may have been incorrect I didn't notice the outline mode until i looked more closely at your screenshot. You may or may not actually need Live Paint.
    – Scott
    Commented Oct 18, 2021 at 18:36
  • Ahh ok. Do you happen to know what is meant by 'clipping paths'? I did cut the paths...does that make the live paint function not work?
    – Lelo
    Commented Oct 18, 2021 at 18:44
  • There are many things which Live Paint won't allow. It's difficult to be precise without examining the file, but that's off topic really.
    – Scott
    Commented Oct 18, 2021 at 18:48

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The document appears to be in Outline Mode.

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Outline Mode shows the spines of paths in order to more easily view construction. It doesn't show fills or color.

Switch to Preview Mode (View menu), if you wish to see fills and colors.

You may have inadvertently hit the shortcut for Outline Mode (Command/Ctrl+y)

  • Hi Scott, omg thanks!! I am in preview now, but I got a message. I made an edit and added the SS.
    – Lelo
    Commented Oct 18, 2021 at 18:40

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