When I select an object and then go to the menu Select/Same/Fill Color, it selects other objects with the same fill just like it's supposed to... However, when I look at the Color Palette, the fill box shows a question mark. Has anyone else experienced this? If so, do you know why?
I would expect the Color Palette to show the fill color with the associated CMYK or spot color percentages.
Yes, closed the file, closed Illustrator, restarted the computer... the whole nine yards. This has been an ongoing issue since CS5 (at least) and everyone in our office that uses Illustrator experiences the same results.
Happens to me quite often, and hasahs been going on as long as I can remember. Not sure what all the reasons might be, but one for sure is if you tint using the color panel.
In the example below I selected the first square then used select same fill color and got the result fo selecting all 4 squares.
If I change the file color to a blueish color here is my result, showing the tint in the colro panel is preseved.
Quite often someone will tint for exampe a purple to 0%, which gives you white, and therefore what you describe happens. I find almost alwasy you can change to the target color and will get the result you need.
Thanks to all for the feedback.
Here are a couple of screen shots. The first shows the first selected object. The second shows the select same fill objects selected (there are no tints to this color).
Notice the Color Palette in the first shows the color name and CMYK values and after the select same fill the color is a question mark. This happens with process, spot and global colors.
This only seems to happen with files that I have been working with for a while. I noticed that when I make a new file and draw fresh new shapes with the same fills this does not happen. I'm fairly certain this is a glitch.
What does your swatches palette look like, have you cleaned that up? I noticed you have an extra 1 at the end of your color swarch name, at slome point the swatch was duplicated.
Use your appearance pallete, you may have 2 swatches as Monika said, or you may have a duplicate fills assigned at the group level.
Swatches are clean. You are correct that the color was duplicated but I copied the color boxes out of the original file and pasted them into a new file (this is where I took the screen shots in my previous post).
When I individually select each color box, they all register the exact same color swatch. I checked the appearance palette and same thing. The only difference between some of the color boxes is some have a stroke and some do not. And none of the color boxes are grouped or compound paths.
Furthermore, when I manually select all of the color boxes, they register as the same color fill in the Color Palette and Appearance Palette - no question marks. Hmmm....
Okay. I figured it out.
The culprit was 4 stray text strings that never had text typed into them (see first image) that were hiding off to the side.
When I selected only those text strings, the fill registered a different color (see second image).
Once I type text into the strings, the select similiar fill does not select the text strings anymore (see third image). It really should not select the text strings regardless if there is text there or not as the fill was a different color all together. A minor glitch for sure.