I auto traced an image and am trying to change the color of all the black lines and sections to brown, but some of the lines I can't change with the Paint Bucket tool (because it fills in a large section of white instead). Is there a way I can change these lines' color? If not, what should I do differently when applying Live Trace so that such lines don't exist?
The best way to handle auto traced images in Illustrator is to
expand them and then color the images.
I typically do the following:
- Select the entire image: Choose
Objects > Expandto break the image into individual pieces.
- Use the
Direct Selection Tool (A)to select the white chunks, delete the white
- Group the remaining bits (all the colored parts)
- Change the fill color for the entire image at once.
I like the expand method described a couple of times above. But if you still want to tweak colors further after you already finished your live trace you can still easily recolor either a single section of color or all like-colored sections.
1) To pick a specific section to recolor. Just click a specific section with the direct select tool then change the color to one of your liking via the color palette tool/window.
2) To recolor all "like-colored" sections (all sections that resulted with the same live trace color) just switch to the Direct Select Tool and pick one of those areas with the color you want to change. Then go to "Select" in the menu > "Same" > " Fill Color". Now just change the color in the color palette tool or window and you're set.