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Shift-Click eyedropper trick not working for me

Dec 30, 2012 10:40 AM

Tags: #illustrator_copy

I wish I had Deke McClelland's knowledge of Illustrator, but I'm just learning...


He used the eyedropper to copy just the gradient-fill from path#1 to path#2 (not the stroke!)


Cool!   So I tried...


1. Created 2 paths-- path#1=unfilled/unstroked, path#2=unfilled/stroked

2. Applied a gradient fill to path#1 (so now gradient-filled/unstroked).

3. Made sure "fill" is selected in the color panel.

4. Selected path#2 (still unfilled/stroked).

5. Activated the eyedropper.

6. Shift-clicked the eyedropper on path#1's outline.


For him, the gradient fill from path#1 immediately filled path#2.


For me, the gradient fill from path#1 is now shown in the color panel, but path#2 remained unfilled.


I know I can copy both the fill+stroke from path#1 to path#2 with the unshifted click of the eyedropper, but what am I missing in his shift-click trick?


(I have everything checked in the eyedropper's pickup and apply options)

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    Dec 31, 2012 8:36 AM   in reply to m2012erickson
    1. Select your unfilled destination path.
    2. Eyedropper click on your gradeint filed path


    No shift. Do not use shift eyedropper. Shift eyedropper samples the rgb values output of your screen and converts them to cmyk, so the values are off for print, though oftne they appear to be correct.

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    Dec 31, 2012 8:43 AM   in reply to Mike Gondek

    But Mike, your technique loses the destination path's stroke, at least in CS5 with my Eyedropper settings. In other words, a simple click drops both fill and stroke attributes onto the destination object. Is there an Eyedropper settings configuration that will pick up ONLY the source object's fill and leave the destination's stroke untouched?



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    Dec 31, 2012 8:58 AM   in reply to Doug Katz

    Try these eyedropper settings. I needed to have both picks up and applies off. Did not work with picks up stroke on.



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    Dec 31, 2012 9:30 AM   in reply to Mike Gondek

    There we go. So for the OP's benefit, that's how Deke must have configured his eyedropper. Thanks Mike.

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    Dec 31, 2012 9:40 AM   in reply to Doug Katz

    The other thing I found is if you get into complex appearance attributes (type with offset path, knockout group, feathers, multiple strokes, etc), and the eyedropper is not picking them up, I create a graphic style instead. Believe this has somehting to do with appearance attributes at the group level versus char/type/path level.

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