16 Replies Latest reply: Aug 7, 2012 1:18 AM by emil emil RSS

    unable to change colour of text

    Clueless in Adobe

      I have a simple illustrator document with some text on it.  The text is green.  I wish to add additional text to the document in the exact shade of green that the current text is in.  Believe it or not, I can't figure out how to do this.  I can select the text I want to to be green and select a colour from the swatches menu, but the shades of green available there are not the exact shade of green that I need.  I tried selecting my newly written text, click the eye dropper tool, and then clicked on my old text (which is in the shade of green that I want) but this frustratingly changes the font of my newly written text to the same font as the original text, without changing it's colour.

       

      If anyone can help me I would appreciate it.  Please be verbose in your response/instructions.  Thanks,

        • 1. Re: unable to change colour of text
          mjarrott Adobe Employee

          Hi

           

          Select the green text, double click on the fill icon to open the color picker.

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          Copy the Hex Code for the color (should be #xxxxxx).

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          Click on your other text, open up the Color picker.

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          Paste and click OK!

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          Michael

          • 2. Re: unable to change colour of text
            emil emil Community Member

            Clueless in Adobe wrote:

             

            ...I tried selecting my newly written text, click the eye dropper tool, and then clicked on my old text (which is in the shade of green that I want) but this frustratingly changes the font of my newly written text to the same font as the original text, without changing it's colour.

            Try the same but this time hold Shift when clicking with the Eyedropper Tool. This should work if the default settings of the tool have not been altered. To change the settings, double click the Eyedropper Tool in the Tools panel. The default settings is checkmark on all options (make sure to click the arrow in front of Appearance to reveal all sub-options).

            • 3. Re: unable to change colour of text
              EricaLynneLarson Adobe Employee

              These are both great suggestions. As a third option, you could also create a swatch to be used over and over. You would select the text in green, then click and hold on the colored square in the toolbar, then drag the swatch over to your swatches palette. Next you would select the text you want to be green, then click the green swatch you just put into your palette.

               

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              • 4. Re: unable to change colour of text
                Wade_Zimmerman Community Member

                Makibg the new swatch is the best way I find and then yoiu can make the color global so if you wish to change the color of objecs made with that swatch you do so with a couple of clicks.

                • 5. Re: unable to change colour of text
                  Clueless in Adobe Community Member

                  Thank you for all of your detailed replies.  Unfortunately, none of these work.  Michael, the colour picker shows the hex colour code as 000000.  emil emil, the functionality is the same as before, and in checking the eye dropper settings as you suggest, all of them are checked as you say they need to be.  EricaLynneLarson, this also doesn't work, but I agree having a new swatch with this colour would be nice.

                   

                  At this point, I can't help but think there's something about this particular document and how it's written or setup that's causing all of us trouble.  I've posted a modified version of the document in which all of the above can be tested/verified here: ski.bounceme.net/misc/AdobeNoobie/ProblemDocument.ai.  If anyone wishes to take a look at this I would greatly appreciate it.

                  • 6. Re: unable to change colour of text
                    EricaLynneLarson Adobe Employee

                    Unfortunately I cannot access your file. The link will not load.

                     

                    What happens when you try to create a new swatch?

                    • 7. Re: unable to change colour of text
                      Clueless in Adobe Community Member

                      I'm unsure why you can't access the file...I've checked the link and it works.  Maybe try loading the listing: ski.bounceme.net/misc/AdobeNoobie/

                       

                      Anyway, I can create the swatch, but when I then select the text that I want to change to that colour, nothing happens - the text remains it's original colour, black.  I'm selecting the text I want to change, and then clicking on the newly created swatch.

                      • 8. Re: unable to change colour of text
                        mjarrott Adobe Employee

                        You must first select the green text, open the color picker, and copy the hex code. Click OK or Cancel.

                         

                        Then select the black text, open the color picker, highlight all 6 zeros and paste the hex code you just copied. Then click ok.

                        • 9. Re: unable to change colour of text
                          Clueless in Adobe Community Member

                          Yes that is what I'm doing.  With the green text selected, double clicking the colour picker opens to show the colour code as 000000.

                          • 10. Re: unable to change colour of text
                            mjarrott Adobe Employee

                            Okay, so there seems to be some other problem. Can you take a screenshot of your illustrator document. I can't get the link to work, either.

                             

                            Michael

                            • 11. Re: unable to change colour of text
                              Larry G. Schneider MVP

                              Can you post a screen shot with the text selected and the Appearance panel. Color can be applied to the text at any one of several levels and it's hard to tell where it might be.

                              • 12. Re: unable to change colour of text
                                emil emil Community Member

                                I checked your file and it appears that you have a corrupted color on the green text and also a corrupted color on the blue swatch in your swatches panel - It doesn't show any color values in the color panel, all fields are empty. Trying to use these corrupted colors on any other object will corrupt (contaminate LOL) that object too not only with corrupted color but also with corrupted appearance that can not be cleared. In the layers panel objects with these corrupted colors will show the dot in the appearance column shaded which indicates altered basic appearance that can not be cleared. So, objects with these corrupted colors are useless.

                                 

                                To sample the corrupted color select the object with it and choose Object > Rasterize, then using the Eydroper Tool and holding Shift you can sample the color, applying it to other healthy objects, or saving it as a swatch.

                                 

                                I've never seen that before,

                                • 13. Re: unable to change colour of text
                                  Clueless in Adobe Community Member

                                  well good to know the link actually works.  The others are likely behind a firewall that blocks it.  I'm running a small web server on a home cable line which is technically not allowed, so if it is their firewall that's blocking it I wouldn't be surprised.

                                   

                                  Screen shot attached.  It's been heavily modified to only illustrate the minimum to show the problem.  'CAR' is the original text and it is the colour here that I want to sample, 'Within' is the word I'd like to make the same colour.

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                                  • 14. Re: unable to change colour of text
                                    emil emil Community Member

                                    For those who want to check the file and have problems with the links already posted, I put it in dropbox and here's the link

                                    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/40428991/ProblemDocument.ai

                                    • 15. Re: unable to change colour of text
                                      mjarrott Adobe Employee

                                      I figured it out!!

                                       

                                      So, in short.. the green color you have on the word CAR is a gradient. If you look closely you can see small bits of black around the edges of the word. Black is the original color of the text, and the green gradient is sitting on top of it as an appearance. It's a bit of a hassle that you cannot just apply a gradient color to live text but here is how you work around it.

                                       

                                      1. Save the green color (gradient) as a swatch by selecting the word CAR and dragging the fill icon over to your swatches panel.

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                                      2. Next, select the text that you want to change (the word "Within"). Change it so it has no fill and no stroke.

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                                      3. With that same word selected, open the appearance panel. In the panel flyout menu, choose Add New Fill...

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                                      4. It will automatically choose black. Just open the fill option and choose the swatch you made it step 1.

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                                      5. Bam! Here is your desired fill.

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                                      6. As an extra step, if you would like to get rid of the black text that is peeping out from behind the green on the word CAR just use the Type tool and highlight the word car.

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                                      7. In the Fill section, Click the small thumbnail of black to select it and then click the option for None (white box with red slash) to remove it.

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                                      8. Here you go, clean lines!

                                       

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                                      I'm not sure if you meant to have a green gradient on your text, or if you just wanted one color green. Here, I've outline the solution for applying a gradient to live text and replicating the same gradient on other pieces of text.

                                       

                                      I hope this helps solve your problem if it hasn't already been solved!

                                       

                                      Michael

                                      • 16. Re: unable to change colour of text
                                        emil emil Community Member

                                        Good job mjarrott! Gradient with all colors the same

                                         

                                        But using the eyedropper should sample the appearance which was the original problem. May be the Appearance option was not checked in the Eyedropper's options.

                                        Easy way to copy a gradient to an object without a gradient is first select the source then the target object and click the gradient swatch in the Gradient panel.

                                         

                                        I realized that using eyedropper with holding Shift doesn't sample the color of text with gradient and even other objects if the gradient is not the only fill. Also another weirdness is you can assign a gradient to live text but it will not show until outlined and if you add another fill with a color, then trying to sample the added fill color with holding Shift will not work and instead the gradient fill will be sampled. I call this sloppy programing