When I try to change the color after tracing a JPEG image in Illustrator and expanding it, it becomes gray. I have tried lots of color changes but the result is always the same.

Why can't I change the color to anything other than gray, on an image I've traced in Adobe Illustrator?

How can I change the traced image's color?


My guess is that your document colours are set to grayscale. Go to the colour panel, click the little down-arrow in the top right corner, and change there:

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  • Yes this is my problem also, but I change it and after some time it keeps changing to Grayscale. It's quite annoying! – gota Jun 19 '15 at 10:17
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    To be clear, he's talking about this: i.imgur.com/unH1xra.png – mpen Jan 1 '17 at 0:17
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    I did an image trace and after expanding, found that each separate object was independently set to Grayscale. Maybe because I used the B&W logo image trace. Really annoying. – dardub Jul 10 '18 at 21:26

Hello there is another question on this website similar to this one with more information in case you were having issues like me:


The main key is to "Expand" the image and use the Direct Selection Tool (A).

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