N.S.L: WEEK 118 – Adobe Illustrator CC: “Linking Rings” Live Paint

Some of these come out of necessity =D Recently I had two of my Graphic Designer Homies ask me how to make things look like they weave into each other in Adobe Illustrator CC… with that I bring you

Live Paint Bucket in Adobe Illustrator CC
Linked rings using Live Paint Bucket in Adobe Illustrator CC

I told them to check out my old post on the subject:

Live Paint in Adobe Illustrator CS5
Never Stop Learning week 41 “Live Paint”
**Click on the Image to read the post**

I figured since I didn’t have a ton of info back then, I’d look into it again and get a better understanding =D


Here’s a video on a down a dirty way to make 3 linking rings in Adobe Illustrator CC:


Coolest Tricks I Learned:

I had a blast revisiting this tool because I still don’t use it on a daily so I learned or re-learned some parts of the Live Paint Tool.

  • Left and Right Arrow Keys will swap colors in the same order as listed in your Swatches Panel

  • Up and Down Arrow Keys will jump to Color Groups as they are listed in your Swatches Panel

  • You drop paint into your shape with the Arrow, not the Bucket. It’s a little confusing cuz you think to drop the bucket.

  • “K” is the Hot Key to activate the Live Paint Tool


Adobe Illustrator CC Linked Rings
Live Paint Bucket Cursor

There’s a lot going on in your cursor and the highlighting of shapes can be distracting but once you figure out what does what, you’re good. Keep in mind you have to select all of the shapes that make up your piece or else Live Paint won’t know to edit it.


I got all of my info from Lynda.com:

Illustrator CC One-on-One: Intermediate



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