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In Illustrator we know we have something called a Live Effect. Those are things that live in the Effect menu here, such as Drop Shadows or 3D, and when you apply them, they appear a list in the Appearance panel, are editable at anytime and can also be saved in a graphic style. Now one of the cool things about flares inside of Illustrator is that they are live as well, but they are not Live Effects. They are actually edited in a slightly different way. It's important to realize that a flare; even though it appears photographic in nature, it is actually made up of vector objects. If I press Command+Y or Ctrl+Y on my keyboard to toggle it to Outline view, I ould actually see all the objects that are created to make up that flare.
I'll press Command+Y again to toggle back into Preview mode. But when I go ahead and I select a Flare, I can see all the objects here. And notice that in the Appearance panel, it simply says that I have a flare object selected but there is a no way to edit it from here. In order for means to edit an existing flare, I select it on my artboard and then I go to the Tools panel and double- click on the Flare tool. That brings up the Flare tool Options dialog box. Here I can see all the settings that are currently applied to this flare. If I want to make changes, I could simply go ahead and do so here. For example, I may uncheck this Ring setting here, if I don't want to have any rings to my flare, click OK, and now it has modified the flare that I have created before. I'll switch back to my Selection tool and de-select my artwork.
Again, it's important to realize that if I want to edit existing flares, I do so by double-clicking on the Flare tool and this is opposed to other Live Effects inside of Illustrator that are simply edited or modified to the Appearance panel.
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