I'm having a lot of trouble understanding how Adobe Illustrator (CS6) manages character styles imported from different ai documents. If I create all character styles in a single .ai document and only use them in in that document, everything works as expected--colors, fonts, and typography settings are maintained in the character style, and newly added text can be quickly styled with the character style.
My trouble starts when i want to re-use those character styles in a new .ai document. From the character style menu I use the option to import the character styles from another document, and they import correctly--all of the styles work and style text as expected. But then i save & close the document and re-open it to find that the character style entries are there, but the fills and strokes are all messed up--fonts, sizes, typography settings are maintained, but styles with a blue fill are suddenly filed with black, or some other color.
So, why is this happening? This happens even if the swatches associated with the character styles are imported to the new document as well. I've read that all character styles are based off of the 'normal' character style. But, i've tried a test making sure that the 'normal' character style was consistent between the two documents and i've still experienced the issue.
Here's a short video showing the issue i'm experiencing: http://youtu.be/Z-BG7miwib8 (watch at 720p)
Any insights as to what i'm doing wrong would be GREATLY appreciated.
I did a save-as instead of a save on the newly created document. (I think that it reverts to the save-as function if it is a new document though.) I got the same results--The first time re-opening the document, the style is visibly correct, but the fill assigned in the character style is turned to black. On the second re-open of the document, the text fill is visibly black, as is the character style definition.
Another thought i had was that it could possibly be something to do with the color profile assigned to my CMYK working space. However, i get the same results if i choose not to embed the color profile in the new document as well. (dont color manage the document)
hmm, the search for a fix continues.. Luke and Curt--thanks for looking at this.
In addition, the same unexpected behaviour applies to paragraph styles (CS5, Mac).
Can you also confirm that for CS6, Jamier?
Luke, have you already tried to reproduce the scenario described in the initial post? What did you observe?
I replicated the issue CS6 Mac. If I selected Add used colors (with nothing selected) that fixed the problem. When I tried to add selected color (with the type selected) the saved file displayed the type half black and half character style color!
I tried using the 'Add Used Colors' option in the swatches flyout. it added the color as a spot/process color to the swatches panel, but the issue of the fill colors reverting to the black fill after saving and re-opening the document was not changed.
Thank you for confirming.
It would be interesting to know if that misbehaviour is even present in AI CS1 (the first version with character styles, as far as I remember).
Apart from that, I have not found any reliable workaround so far …
can you please do the following and report what you see?
1. Open a blank document
2. Import a character style
3. Make a text object and apply the style
4. Cut and paste the text object inside the document
5. Save the file
6. Reopen this file
Is the character style still intact?
If so, you could take this way as a bumpy workaround (that should not be required at all, of course).
Kurt - the steps you outlined did in fact keep the imported styles intact through multiple save/re-opening of the document! Thank you. However, other character styles initially imported but not used right away had the same issue of reverting the fill and stoke color to black.
So, i guess the workaround is:
-import character styles
-make a text object for each imported character style and style it with each imported character style that you want to keep intact.
-cut and paste each text object
-save the document.
Good find on the workaround Kurt--i'll definitely use it. i'll just have a little character style palette outside of my artboard. What a pain though...
Myself and a colleaue have tested this same issue, across CS6 on Mac and Windows, it makes it really inconvenient. Kind of defeats the purpose for having the character styles I reckon.
I fix is urgently needed Adobe!!!
Thanks Jamie! I was thinking to lodge one too, basically I'm having the
same issue where the fill colours are not sticking once the character
styles are imported and applied and the file has been closed, and reopened.
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