You'll need to define a new character style. Simple as that. The canned one evidentally cannot be changed.
That's not the case. Other colors work.
The problem is not your Character Style!
The problem is that your white is not a color.
To see this when you open your character styles and choose your white the "Tint" option is greyed out, since you can only tint colors.
To fix this, double click on your white swatch so it opens the color options box. under the process color / spot color box check the "Global" option.
Now close the options box, and go to you character styles and select the white, you will notice tint now is available.
close and save, problem solved
this will explain why the white resets, since illustrator dosn't reconize it as a color and defaults back to black. However whenever you make another color this is solved and thus making the problem only consistant with the white swatch.
Tested and worked for me. Hope it solves it for you.
I've downloaded your file, open, change the text to white, save and close.....reopen the file and the text is ok, painted white... Even using the strange withe swatch you have.. see picture
so may be is some preference for you.
Try moving the ai preferences folder to de desktop (in case you want it back), restart illustrator and see if it works.
I am on a Mac 10.4.11 Cs3.
First the short item: Prefs didn't help. Now for the long form.
My machine is behaving differently than yours, even with new prefs:
- In the Char Style Options dialog, > Char Color, double-clicking both the square swatch and the name in the list does nothing.
- I added several colors of different types, and only one color lets me select a tint in that same dialog: Registration.
- Later, if I change white to global, I can then change its tint
Turns out that for me there are two fixes for this white issue. One is to select the white from the Swatch pane and setting the color to Global is one fix. If I do that and then change the color to white in the Char Style Options dialog, it works.
The other fix is weird and may be a bug:
1. In my original upload, select the text and note that the Char Styles pane does not consider it an override.
2. Turn the text white by clicking the white in the Swatch pane. Now it's an override.
3. Save the file. Don't "fix" the character style.
4. Open the file. It's okay. But not only is it okay but the char style is not an override!
Thanks for posting this question, and thanks everyone for the discussion.
I was having the same issue with Illustrator CS4 on Windows.
I solved it by adding a global swatch of the desired text colour, then reapplying it to each style.
Why it should be necessary is beyond me, but I'm grateful to have it fixed.