In previos versions of Illustrator, I could take a fill object ..with any color applied, and add the photocopy effect. This was a great tool to use, to illustrate and give texture to large patches of colors, which I used all the time in our site plan renderings (gras lawn effects).
Now in version CS4, when I go t oapply the photocopy effect to a fill, it automatically drops the color and changes the object to black and white. This defeats the purpose of being able to apply an effect to a colored object if the setting returns the color to BW. Not sure if I have something clicked wrong somewhere in Illustrator.. or is some programmer actually made this change... and dear god please change it back... it is a terrible update.
Help I need to apply effects to colored fills.... especially the photocopy effect.
Are you sure you were using Photocopy?
I just tried Photocopy all the way back to CS2. It always returns a black and white result here.
Under 'Sketch', Waterpaper (not to be confused with Watercolor) sounds more like what you are describing. You could also try Texurizer uner 'Texture'.
Here is a sample image from a previous plan completed a few versions back.
All that was done.. was to create a green fill, hundreds in this map. Have all lawn elements on a single layer. Select the layer, apply the photocopy effect, change the detail and darkness options to achieve this look and apply. It kept the green color, and applied the photocopy effect to the fills.
Now it changes the object or objects to black and white. The plans that are rendered are to large to rasterize and recolorize objects. Copy the lawn layer with all the filled objects, placing the copied layer on top and applying the photocopy effect to it, plus a transparency... then shifts the color rendition of the underlying object.. I am playing a guessing game of transparency adjustment and, picking the correct green shade underneath to achieve the same effect, almost impossible to match and way to time consuming.
I cannot get blending to work on separate fills with the photocopy and based on trial and error with that method... applying the effect to hundreds of fills would crash the file and my system.
What was... was perfect...now.. a great simple effect has been removed from my toolbox... struggling with finding a replacement.
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