At the moment I am using CS5 Illustrator. When I make a drawing I draw by hand, ink it and then scan it. I just place in Illustrator then Live Trace and Expand.
My drawings always have many small parts that I have to separate from each other after using Expand.

What I have been doing is copying the drawing as many time because I have different objects and just Direct selection tool to remove everything on each copying files except one of each item on the drawing. I get the result I want but it takes a lot of time.

So the question is: Is it a way to separate all the objects from each other in a faster way?

Thank you! Have a nice day!


2 Answers 2


Expand the art work.

After using Live Trace, click the Expand button on the control bar.

After using Live Paint, click the Expand button on the control bar.

You may need to then ungroup via Object > Ungroup.

If things are still "connected" you can try Object > Compound Path > Release.


After you expanded the shape/illustration everything is inside a group.

Use ctrl/cmd+shift+g a couple of times and everything is a seperate object.

  • It did not work. And the Ungroup is blured in the Objekt drop down as well. Well, not blured but grey instead of black.
    – Anna
    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:58
  • Can you describe the exact steps you tried? 'cause it works for me, so i find it quite odd it doesnt works for you.
    – user37657
    Feb 19, 2015 at 11:35
  • Yes I´ll try:) -Place. -Live Trace (with one blur) -Expand. After that I juse the Live paint bucket to fill in the white with no fill. And then I have the drawing that I want to split up. Mabye I am doing something wrong? Most likely so:)
    – Anna
    Feb 19, 2015 at 11:45
  • I am not familliar with live trace since i started illustrator since cs6. But I've been told that live trace and image trace are the same thing. Maybe if you do live paint after the ungrouping, maybe that works
    – user37657
    Feb 19, 2015 at 11:47

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