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Appearance panel settings

From: Illustrator CS5 Essential Training

Video: Appearance panel settings

So now that we have an understanding of the differences between something that has a basic appearance and a complex appearance, I want to show you a setting that appears inside of the Appearance panel, which can help you in drawing your artwork. I'll start off by creating a very basic shape. I'm going to take just the regular circle here, and I'm going to crank up the Stroke just a little bit here to make it easier to see, maybe around 6 points. I'm going to apply a Drop Shadow effect to this object. I'm just going to use the basic settings here. We know that the behavior of Illustrator normally is that whenever I draw a shape, the next shape that I draw is going to pick up the appearances that I've used in that shape that I just previously created.

Appearance panel settings

So now that we have an understanding of the differences between something that has a basic appearance and a complex appearance, I want to show you a setting that appears inside of the Appearance panel, which can help you in drawing your artwork. I'll start off by creating a very basic shape. I'm going to take just the regular circle here, and I'm going to crank up the Stroke just a little bit here to make it easier to see, maybe around 6 points. I'm going to apply a Drop Shadow effect to this object. I'm just going to use the basic settings here. We know that the behavior of Illustrator normally is that whenever I draw a shape, the next shape that I draw is going to pick up the appearances that I've used in that shape that I just previously created.

In fact, it really goes one step further than that. When you're using Illustrator, every time you draw an object, Illustrator picks up the settings in the last object that you've had selected. So let me show you a really quick example of that. If I created some rectangles over here, and I give these rectangles different colors, let's say this one right here. Let's give this one a different color like a blue. Then let's create one more here and give this one a red color. So now I have three different rectangles here. So I'm just going to now click on this Yellow one. Now, I'm going to create a new Rectangle.

This new Rectangle is now going to pick up the settings from that Yellow Rectangle. If I now want to create a shape that's going to be Red, I can hold down the Command key to return to my Selection tool, simply click on the Red Rectangle. Now the next time that I draw a shape, that shape is going to be Red. So Illustrator always picks up the settings, or the appearances, from an object that I have selected, then when I create a new object, it starts drawing, basically, that new object using the same Appearance settings from that last object.

However, watch what happens here. I'm going to click on this circle right here. Now I'm going to start creating a new Rectangle now. What would you expect this new Rectangle to be colored with? Well, yes, a white Fill and a black Stroke, but this circle also has a Live Effect applied to it. It has a Drop Shadow applied to it. So when I draw a new shape, is that shape also going to have a Drop Shadow applied to it? Well, let's take a look and see. I'm going to click and drag, and you can see that while the object does have a white Fill and a black Stroke, it does not have a Drop Shadow on it.

The reason for that is that, by default, when I draw new objects, the attributes that Illustrator picks up from previous objects is only a basic appearance. In other words, when I click on an object and I select it, Illustrator only picks up the basic appearance, meaning one Fill and one Stroke and no Effects. So that when I draw a new shape, that new shape only picks up the Basic Appearance settings of the previously selected object. Nine times out of ten, this is probably what you want. I mean after all, when you apply Drop Shadow to a single object, it doesn't mean that you want every new object to also have a Drop Shadow on it.

However, there may be times when you do want that behavior. So let's head over now to the Appearance panel. In the flyout menu of the Appearance panel is an option here called New Art Has Basic Appearance. This setting is checked on, by default, inside of Illustrator. That's the behavior that we've seen until now. Every time I draw a new object, the new object picks up the basic appearance of the previously selected object. But let's say I don't want it. Let's say I want to actually pick up the full complex appearance of my previous object.

Well, in that case, I'm going to uncheck this option right here. Now, I'm going to Command+ Click on this circle right here. I'm just using Command, because I'm currently in my Rectangle tool. So I'm just temporarily switching back using Command or Ctrl on Windows to temporarily access my Selection tool. So I've now selected this circle, which does have a complex appearance on it. Since now I've unchecked that option in the Appearance panel, when I do draw a new shape, that new shape does pick up the Drop Shadow as well.

So when I'm working inside of Illustrator, and I'm drawing a whole bunch of shapes, and I know that let's say, for example, I create an object that has three or four different Stroke attributes applied to it, rather than have to manually add all those additional strokes to every new shape that I create, I could turn off that option inside of the Appearance panel, the setting that says that New Art Has basic appearance, so that now, every time I draw a new object, it'll pick up the full, complex appearance of the previously selected object. For now however, to avoid confusion throughout the rest of the training, I'm going to go back to the flyout menu of the Appearance panel and turn this setting back on.

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Illustrator CS5 Essential Training

126 video lessons · 83166 viewers

Mordy Golding
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  1. 3m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Illustrator CS5?
      1m 46s
    3. Using the exercise files
      31s
  2. 12m 37s
    1. What are vector graphics?
      6m 3s
    2. Path and appearance
      3m 42s
    3. Stacking
      2m 52s
  3. 32m 6s
    1. The Welcome screen
      2m 23s
    2. Creating files for print
      6m 7s
    3. Creating files for the screen
      2m 55s
    4. Using prebuilt templates
      2m 40s
    5. Adding XMP metadata
      4m 18s
    6. Exploring the panels
      6m 33s
    7. Using the Control panel
      3m 11s
    8. Using workspaces
      3m 59s
  4. 43m 44s
    1. Navigating within a document
      9m 15s
    2. Using rulers and guides
      7m 26s
    3. Using grids
      3m 6s
    4. Using the bounding box
      3m 37s
    5. Using Smart Guides
      5m 56s
    6. The Hide Edges command
      3m 22s
    7. Various preview modes
      3m 47s
    8. Creating custom views
      4m 3s
    9. Locking and hiding artwork
      3m 12s
  5. 28m 46s
    1. Using the basic selection tools
      8m 50s
    2. Using the Magic Wand tool
      5m 22s
    3. Using the Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    4. Selecting objects by attribute or type
      3m 37s
    5. Saving and reusing selections
      2m 15s
    6. Selecting artwork beneath other objects
      2m 13s
    7. Exploring selection preferences
      4m 1s
  6. 1h 16m
    1. The importance of modifier keys
      1m 52s
    2. Drawing closed path primitives
      11m 38s
    3. Drawing open path primitives
      5m 47s
    4. Understanding anchor points
      3m 43s
    5. Drawing straight paths with the Pen tool
      7m 37s
    6. Drawing curved paths with the Pen tool
      9m 47s
    7. Drawing freeform paths with the Pencil tool
      5m 33s
    8. Smoothing and erasing paths
      3m 8s
    9. Editing anchor points
      7m 21s
    10. Joining and averaging paths
      10m 9s
    11. Simplifying paths
      4m 55s
    12. Using Offset Path
      2m 17s
    13. Cleaning up errant paths
      2m 32s
  7. 48m 26s
    1. The Draw Inside and Draw Behind modes
      7m 34s
    2. Creating compound paths
      5m 56s
    3. Creating compound shapes
      8m 0s
    4. Using the Shape Builder tool
      10m 28s
    5. Using Pathfinder functions
      8m 6s
    6. Splitting an object into a grid
      1m 16s
    7. Using the Blob Brush and Eraser tools
      7m 6s
  8. 49m 5s
    1. Creating point text
      4m 2s
    2. Creating area text
      8m 13s
    3. Applying basic character settings
      7m 44s
    4. Applying basic paragraph settings
      4m 28s
    5. Creating text threads
      8m 25s
    6. Setting text along an open path
      6m 29s
    7. Setting text along a closed path
      6m 24s
    8. Converting text into paths
      3m 20s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Create a logo mark
      11m 26s
    2. Add type to your logo
      7m 29s
  10. 42m 42s
    1. Using the Appearance panel
      8m 21s
    2. Targeting object attributes
      4m 42s
    3. Adding multiple attributes
      4m 25s
    4. Applying Live Effects
      5m 18s
    5. Expanding appearances
      4m 42s
    6. Appearance panel settings
      4m 33s
    7. Copying appearances
      4m 51s
    8. Saving appearances as graphic styles
      5m 50s
  11. 34m 0s
    1. Applying color to artwork
      5m 57s
    2. Creating process and global process swatches
      8m 54s
    3. Creating spot color swatches
      3m 19s
    4. Loading PANTONE and other custom color libraries
      4m 49s
    5. Organizing colors with Swatch Groups
      3m 31s
    6. Finding color suggestions with the Color Guide panel
      4m 24s
    7. Loading the Color Guide with user-defined colors
      3m 6s
  12. 50m 23s
    1. Creating gradients with the Gradient panel
      8m 12s
    2. Modifying gradients with the Gradient Annotator
      4m 37s
    3. Applying and manipulating pattern fills
      5m 33s
    4. Defining your own custom pattern fills
      9m 13s
    5. Applying basic stroke settings
      5m 22s
    6. Creating strokes with dashed lines
      3m 41s
    7. Adding arrowheads to strokes
      2m 45s
    8. Creating variable-width strokes
      4m 35s
    9. Working with width profiles
      2m 36s
    10. Turning strokes into filled paths
      3m 49s
  13. 32m 46s
    1. Creating and editing groups
      8m 18s
    2. Adding attributes to groups
      12m 17s
    3. The importance of using layers
      5m 9s
    4. Using and "reading" the Layers panel
      7m 2s
  14. 12m 13s
    1. Creating and using multiple artboards
      7m 52s
    2. Modifying artboards with the Artboards panel
      2m 2s
    3. Copy and paste options with Artboards
      2m 19s
  15. 31m 10s
    1. Moving and copying artwork
      3m 55s
    2. Scaling or resizing artwork
      6m 47s
    3. Rotating artwork
      2m 44s
    4. Reflecting and skewing artwork
      2m 34s
    5. Using the Free Transform tool
      2m 15s
    6. Repeating transformations
      3m 39s
    7. Performing individual transforms across multiple objects
      2m 10s
    8. Aligning objects and groups precisely
      4m 27s
    9. Distributing objects and spaces between objects
      2m 39s
  16. 35m 40s
    1. Placing pixel-based content into Illustrator
      5m 14s
    2. Managing images with the Links panel
      4m 49s
    3. Converting pixels to paths with Live Trace
      8m 44s
    4. Making Live Trace adjustments
      6m 9s
    5. Controlling colors in Live Trace
      6m 4s
    6. Using Photoshop and Live Trace together
      4m 40s
  17. 14m 42s
    1. Managing repeating artwork with symbols
      4m 38s
    2. Modifying and replacing symbol instances
      3m 8s
    3. Using the Symbol Sprayer tool
      6m 56s
  18. 16m 57s
    1. Cropping photographs
      1m 59s
    2. Clipping artwork with masks
      3m 22s
    3. Clipping the contents of a layer
      3m 31s
    4. Defining masks with soft edges
      8m 5s
  19. 26m 2s
    1. Defining a perspective grid
      7m 48s
    2. Drawing artwork in perspective
      8m 46s
    3. Moving flat art onto the perspective grid
      9m 28s
  20. 25m 8s
    1. Printing your Illustrator document
      3m 26s
    2. Saving your Illustrator document
      6m 39s
    3. Creating PDF files for clients and printers
      7m 30s
    4. Exporting Illustrator files for use in Microsoft Office
      1m 4s
    5. Exporting Illustrator files for use in Photoshop
      2m 31s
    6. Exporting artwork for use on the web
      3m 3s
    7. Exporting high-resolution raster files
      55s
  21. 2m 18s
    1. Additional Illustrator learning resources
      1m 36s
    2. Goodbye
      42s

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