Is it possible to apply graphic styles to multiple object or even for whole layer in Illustrator?

Adobe's website says the following about applying the graphic style:

Select an object or group (or target a layer in the Layers panel).

But no matter how I try to use groups, applying is now working as said. And even so, it feels an extra step always group objects before applying styles to multiple objects.

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    You don't have to group them, just make a multiple selection.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jul 23, 2018 at 10:21

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  • Lock every other layer via the 'Layers' panel, only keeping your current layer unlocked.
  • Hit Ctrl+Alt+2 to unlock any locked objects on your current layer.
  • Hit Ctrl+A to 'Select All' and click the style you need, which will apply to everything selected.
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    Damn, I have always dragged graphic styles rather than just clicking them. LOL xD Adobes User Guide is incomplete in this scenario. Thanks! Jul 23, 2018 at 9:36
  • @DanielCookie have you actually read it form cover to cover (or page for page)? I have
    – joojaa
    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:47
  • Nope, so you are right! But that´s not how user guides are read at first place. I read section Create special effects - About graphic styles - Apply a graphic style and it tells only about dragging method. But yeah, I should realize that buttons can be clicked too, so who conversation on useless. Jul 23, 2018 at 10:11
  • @DanielCookie Thats what you think, youd be surprised how much you can get done by atleast skimreading each page
    – joojaa
    Jul 23, 2018 at 10:30
  • @DanielCookie Actually they do mention selecting style to apply it. Just above telling how to drag in the page helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/graphic-styles.html
    – joojaa
    Jul 23, 2018 at 10:35

You can do this. However there is a trick to select layers, groups or other compound items you need to press the small circle next to the name in layers panel! This is admittedly a bit quirky as highlighting does not select objects, but activates the layer objects for object insertion.

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Image 1: To select a layer you need to press the circle not layer name

You can now apply effects to the layer as a whole (this will be applied on top or below the objects own effects depending on where the group is) in the appearance panel. Since layers have this extra contents item it may need to be created from from scratch or modified so contents is in right place after applying style.

This also works as indicator on if layer has any effects. See the circle gets filled once it has a effect applied.

  • Now I know what (or target a layer in the Layers panel) means! Thanks! Jul 23, 2018 at 10:27

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