I would like to have my brush strokes on one layer and coloring done by live paint bucket on another layer. When I select the strokes and make a live paint group to color with everything, strokes and colors inside strokes become one object. Is there any way to seperate my brush linework and colors on different layers?

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Duplicate the line art layer and color that.

Live Paint objects have to be on the current layer.

  • But once I expand the paint group the strokes are all split into different pieces so deleting the duplicated linework becomes a hassle. I thought selecting similar stroke color would just select the strokes but when I delete the fill goes too.
    – Anoop Alex
    Apr 20, 2015 at 6:45
  • No prob. Select same appearance does what I want.
    – Anoop Alex
    Apr 20, 2015 at 6:47
  • @user1894167 alternatively, you can clear the lines before you start filling colors
    – joojaa
    Apr 20, 2015 at 7:06

if you use the 'Live Paint Bucket' Tool (k) to fill the areas required you can use the 'Live Paint Selection' Tool (Shift+L) to select an area and cut and paste it into another layer.

If you have multiple areas of colour, select one area with Shift+L > Select > Same > Fill Colour, to select all the same coloured areas

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