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I can see the same reproducible behaviour in AI CS5 (Mac).
Smells like a serious bug.
Out of curiosity, what happens when you do a save-as to the new document, instead of save?
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.
I'm just guessing here, but did you try to "Add used colors" from the swatches fly-out menu?
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.
Kurt - I replicated the same issue with paragraph styles on CS6 Mac as well.
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.
Luke, can you post the specific steps you performed in detail (to fix the issue)?
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.
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.
I've confirmed the same issue on AI CS5 Win with both character styles and paragraph styles.
I've filed a bug report for this issue. Can we get someone from Adobe to comment on this issue?
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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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...
It's a pain, indeed.
Unfortunately, I haven't found a more sophisticated workaround so far.
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!!!
I've filed an official bug report with adobe for this issue, but have not recieved any feedback about the status.
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.
On 20/06/2013, at 12:26 AM, jamierob98757643 <firstname.lastname@example.org
Unfortunately, this bug still exists in Illustrator CC as of 01/29/14...
This bug still exists as of today, November 2014. It's driving me nuts! I'm trying to streamline my workflow by creating these styles, and it it takes MORE time to workaround and manage them after they've forgotten their colors than it takes to just manually assign all my text the same color. Gah!
Any word from a representative from Adobe would be much appreciated, as it seems this has been an issue for a while.
I hear ya sassypickle. I still have not heard anything from Adobe regarding my bug report. I can't seem to find any way to get a response. My only suggestion would be for you to file a bug report too and maybe if there are enough of them something might be done about this...
As of Dec. 2015 this is still a bug in Adobe CC 2015.2.