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- Hey there, welcome back to Creative Quick Tips. My name is Justin Seeley and today we're going to be working inside of Adobe Illustrator. Recently I was working inside of Illustrator and I was using a lot of different styles on the objects that I was creating. Multiple fills, multiple strokes, drop shadows, effects, things like that. And what I wanted to do was draw a series of objects that had all of those attributes applied to them automatically. And what I found myself doing was actually trying to draw once I select something because I know that when I select something inside of Illustrator, Illustrator automatically says okay, that's got X fill and X stroke and he probably wants to remember that so when out a new shape, I'm going to automatically give the new shape that same fill and stroke.
Which is fine and that's exactly what I wanted but it doesn't copy over the multiple fills or multiple strokes or the drop shadow capability. So how then do I do that? Well I found myself saving out graphic styles and applying graphic styles to multiple different objects and that just took forever and it was really annoying. So, I did a little research and I came up with this little fix for this scenario. Let's say you wanted to draw several shapes that included the Appearance of this object right here. What you're gonna wanna do is open the Appearance panel, and I'll drag it out so you can see it, and inside of the Appearance panel, what you'll do is go to the panel menu, that's this little tiny button right here and inside of this little drop down menu, uncheck this where it says New Art Has Basic Appearances.
When you do that, you are now telling Illustrator okay Illustrator, I do not want you to copy only the fill and the stroke, I want you to copy everything that you see. So, if we redock this panel over here, there we go, and we select this object, theoretically when I go to draw a new object, it should incorporate all of those existing effects and settings like fills and strokes. So again, you find that inside of the Appearance panel, inside of the menu down to where it says New Art Has Basic Appearance And that is how you can quickly and easily reproduce or create a sticky appearance inside of Illustrator.
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