I'm working in Illustrator CS5 and I want to know if it is possible to copy and paste an effect like a drop shadow. For example, let's say I create a document with some text which has a drop shadow on it and some without the effect. Next I create text in a different font with a different drop shadow effect (different settings for the drop shadow attributes). Later in the project I decide, I want to go back and add the first effect to several objects and/or text in my image. Is there a way to copy that effect and paste it in?
I know that I can go in and manually copy the settings of the effect I want to copy, add the effect to a new object, and then re-apply the effect from that point, but is there a way to simplify the process by just copying the effect?
Dragging objects to the Graphic Styles Panel will allow quick access to the effect settings.
So in your example after setting the first text, drag it to the Graphic Styles Panel. Then later if you want to apply that same drop shadow to anything, simply select the object and click the Graphic Style.
The Eyedropper Tool is designed to copy effects from a clicked object to the selected object, but recently it hasn't been very reliable.
There is no direct way to copy effects between objects other than the two methods above.
Double click on the eyedropper tool and check appearance for both boxes (the default is off if my memory is correct)
The eyedropper becomes unreliable when you have appearance set at different levels for the target and destination(eg: layer, path, group, type).
As Scott mentioned creating a graphic style works, or drag the little icon in the appearance pallete when it looks correct.
Hi, thanks for the quick followup. That solution works great on text, but I tried to apply the effect to an object and it copied the effect as well as the fill color. Is there a way to edit the (for lack of a better term) Graphic Styles Swatch so that it only applies certian attributes and ignores the others?
Scott, in the layers panel in CS5, I can option-drag an object's appearance bullseye to another object's appearance bullseye to apply the first object's effect to the second object. That would qualify as one more "direct way to copy effects," no?