Granted I'm new to Adobe Illustrator I'm having trouble figuring out the appearance panel. Namely when I add an effect, I can't seem to select the right selection again to get it to come back up on the appearance panel. It's extremely aggravating.
If I make a selection and add a texture and then grain, It seems if I make the same selection (I just drag across the same area) I no longer see grain on my new (and should be the same!) selection. I'm getting very messed up in this. Somehow when I try and change fills on a whole selection, or stroke, some change some don't.
What's the best way to make sure I'm affecting what I want to be affecting?!
Update: I'll add some pictures to be more clear.
Here's the first one. You can see that there is a stroke and fill of the same golden gradient. But now let's say I want to remove the fill. Well I can't just uncheck that because there is NO selection, as the appearance panel says. OK let's make a selection then:
Well great now I have a selection, and all my options for affecting the gradients have disappeared. Awesome.
I see the "mixed appearances", but I don't know how that came to be. I've tried flattening the image to try and get a 'non-mixed' selection, but that didn't work. How can I reduce this to a 'single-appearance'?