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Yes and no!
What you can do is make a graphic style with a drop shadow to the settings you want. Then record your action and apply the graphic style instead of the drop shadow. However if you make a new document you will have to load the graphic style from either a saved library or from the previous docuent.
Thanks very much for that tip Wade! I will certainly give that a try...
Though it is a work around there really should be better support for actions in AI
Applying a Drop Shadow Effect can be included as an Action step. After recording the Action, stop recording. Then go to the place in the Action's step list where the Drop Shadow step is missing. Select InsertMenuItem from the Actions palette flyout menu. A dialog box will open. Select the desired menu command (Effect>Stylize>DropShadow).
Thanks for the tip Jet!
However, the only problem with the "insert menu item" approach, is that the drop shadow settings will always revert to their defaults, whereas, with the Graphic Styles approach, the custom drop shadow settings can also be saved...
That's a good suggestion (and I'm already aware of that option), however, it just doesn't streamline my workflow as seamlessly as I'd like. Applying a saved graphic style is still faster, because I don't have to stop and manually enter the settings for every file I process. Even if it's just for the first one, every time I restart Illustrator, I would have to stop and change the default settings again...
Thanks for your time and effort in helping to solve this issue though! Much appreciated!
A good attribute of the saved graphic style is that you can use them as preset drop shadows. That is if you have a drop shadow with 5 pt blur and select taht one it will apply that setting to the object you give the graphic stye to and if the graphic style is 15 it will apply a 15pt blurred drop shadow.
Now you can just use some generic rectangle to set up several drop shadow settings and use that for your action and make separate actions for each graphic style.
Now import the action and the graphic style into a new or existing docment and you are probably ready to go.
Better yet make a template and you never have to import anything.
Now you use the styles and actions as if you were selecting a stroke width and or brush.
Graphic styles are very useful and of course they can be applied to objects and or layers.
Once you have your library of drop shadow and the actions then you only need the keyboard shortcut.
I hope this helps as well.