Adobe Illustrator Coloring Tutorial using Live Paint and Knife Tool.
In this Adobe Illustrator coloring tutorial using Live Paint we will cover a simple process of: inking a cartoon, adding custom brushes, using live paint for flat color, and adding shadows using knife tool. We will be going through our resource anchor point guide to build our character and practice using the the pen.
Anchor Point Guides
Anchor point guides are designed to make life easier as you are learning where to place anchors and how to adjust handles.
Using Pen Tool
We will be using our 2 step approach to the pen tool. The first is using straight lines to just get down our anchor points. We will then be using the convert anchor tool to create curves and handles.
Adding Flat Color
Coloring using live paint and the knife tool are fast ways of getting down color and shadows without having to use pathfinder to create shapes.
Inking using the Pen Tool
Using Resource Folder
1. Place the anchor point guide into NEW illustrator document and scale to fit the 5″x 5″ artboard. In your layers menu select Template Layer. Create a New layer ABOVE IT for inking.
Using the Pen Tool
2. Trace the image using the shape and pen tool. There should be no fill when using the pen tool. Use straight line and the convert anchor point tool to create your curves.
3. Add OUR custom brushes library to create variation in your lines. Expand the lines and use the eraser tool to erase overlapping or unwanted lines. Unite brushes in pathfinder panel.
Using Live Paint
4. Select All – Object- Live Paint. Fill in flat colors wIth our color palette or find others on https://color.adobe.com/ Object – Expand live paint. Ungroup (3X) or until you can select individual shapes.