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I created an additive graphic style that includes a few effects, and applied this style to a few objects.

Now I'd like to make a change to this style and apply the change to all objects. For example, instead of an outer glow of 1px (which was in the original graphic style) I would like to change it to 5px and apply to all the styled objects.

Is it possible to edit a graphic style? If not, how would you perform this task?

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There isn't a direct way to edit a graphic style. varun's answer will handle the situation where all of the objects are in the same document.

If you want to save a style so you can use it again in other documents, select the layer that has the modified style applied and choose "New Graphic Style" from the Graphics Styles panel flyout menu. It will then be available in new documents that you create (handy when you're building multiple documents for a website comp, an ad campaign or corporate identity).

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Although Illustrator is porbably the best vector graphic software available, I keep getting disappointed by the amount of trivial features it is missing... – Ilya Kogan Sep 9 '11 at 8:46
File a feature request with Adobe. They do read them, and they do act on them. Realize that there is no shortage of things people would like to add to AI. It's a matter of what can get done with the time and people available. – Alan Gilbertson Sep 9 '11 at 9:04
Masterjeev's answer seems to show that it can be done, but I am not able to test... – e100 Feb 23 '12 at 12:47
There is a way that is simple but not immediately intuitive. See Masterjeev's link. – Jay Oct 2 '14 at 16:33
  1. select the style you'd like to edit in the graphic style menu
  2. edit any appearance ite (like fill color or effect for example) in the appearance menu
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I tried the same but changed the stroke for three objects,

With the selection tool(V), select one object then hold shift and select the other objects, then apply outer glow and change the value to 5 px.

Should work.

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This is a manual workaround though, not directly answering the question about custom styles. – e100 Feb 23 '12 at 12:46

what worked for me is this:

  • with nothing selected, click the style.
  • go to Appearance, do the mods you need, drag the little preview icon left of the
  • name to the styles window, overwriting the previous style.
  • in order to overwrite a style, hold Ctrl+alt and drop it on top of the old one.
  • all previously styled objects adopt the new style.

best of luck to you guys!

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OMG! Thank you so much for this tip! Years using illustrator and I thought it wasn't possible! – spiral Oct 7 '15 at 9:11

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