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Maintaining fill colors in character styles across multiple AI documents

Feb 17, 2013 10:04 PM

Tags: #swatches #importing #character_styles

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.

 

Thanks!

 
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    Feb 18, 2013 9:09 AM   in reply to jamierob98757643

    I can see the same reproducible behaviour in AI CS5 (Mac).

     

    Smells like a serious bug.

     
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    Feb 18, 2013 9:29 AM   in reply to jamierob98757643

    Out of curiosity, what happens when you do a save-as to the new document, instead of save?

     
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    Feb 18, 2013 10:52 AM   in reply to jamierob98757643

    I'm just guessing here, but did you try to "Add used colors" from the swatches fly-out menu?

     
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    Feb 18, 2013 10:57 AM   in reply to jamierob98757643

    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?

     
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    Feb 18, 2013 11:15 AM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    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!

     
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    Feb 18, 2013 11:37 AM   in reply to jamierob98757643

    I repeated the test several times and it works with 4/C. When I tried it with a spot color, the Add used colors trick failed.

     
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    Feb 18, 2013 11:43 AM   in reply to Luke Jennings

    Luke, can you post the specific steps you performed in detail (to fix the issue)?

     
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    Feb 18, 2013 11:58 AM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    OK, I was wrong. I was not making a change and then save to the new file, just closing and re-opening. It looks like a bug to me too.

     
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    Feb 18, 2013 1:15 PM   in reply to jamierob98757643

    Currently I have no access to a Windows machine. Can any AI Win user confirm the issue as well ?

     

    I suspect the same bug occurs on Windows, but I'm not sure.

     
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    Feb 19, 2013 11:39 AM   in reply to jamierob98757643

    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 …

     
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    Feb 21, 2013 4:28 AM   in reply to jamierob98757643

    Jamier,

     

    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).

     
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    Feb 21, 2013 12:04 PM   in reply to jamierob98757643

    It's a pain, indeed.

     

    Unfortunately, I haven't found a more sophisticated workaround so far.

     
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    Jun 18, 2013 11:42 PM   in reply to Kurt Gold

    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!!!

     
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    Jun 19, 2013 4:47 PM   in reply to jamierob98757643

    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.

     

    Cihan Kenar

     

    On 20/06/2013, at 12:26 AM, jamierob98757643 <forums_noreply@adobe.com

     
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