How to Design Monogram Letters with the Live Paint Bucket Tool in Adobe Illustrator CC

How to Interlock Monogram Letters.

When you design monograms letters or any other typography, you’ll come across the need to interlock the monogram letters. Interlocking monogram letters can be achieved with the Pathfinder Tools, but in this tutorial I would like to show you another way when you design monogram letters by using the Live Paint Bucket Tool.

With the Live Paint Bucket Tool, we can interlock or overlap the monogram letters we’ve chosen in a much more intuitive and non destructive way. As the name suggests, the Live Paint Bucket Tool is a live tool and the video tutorial will show you how to design monogram letter when you want to interlock them.

Shapes that are turned into a Live Paint Group stay fully editable. This means when you move or adjust your path’s shape, the colors that had been previously applied move with it.

This method works well when you design monograms or logos and you’ll have the need for overlapping or interlocking elements. See how it’s done in the video tutorial below!


Vectortwist Tips on the Live Paint Bucket Tool:

  • Find the Live Paint Bucket Tool in your Toolbar underneath the Shape Builder Tool. Keyboard shortcut is K
  • If you select a color from the Swatches panel, the pointer changes to display three colors . The selected color is in the middle, and the two adjacent colors are on either side.
  • Click a shape to fill it with the color you’ve selected.


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Simona Pfreundner has been teaching Adobe Creative Suite since 2008 through written tutorials, instructional video courses and classroom teaching. With 15 years experience in the graphic design field as an agency, in-house and freelance designer, her love for art and drawing has enabled her develop an approachable and intuitive style of teaching that helps people learn graphic design software in a fun and easy way.

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