I have google this but can not find an answer to my specific problem.

I am using Illustrator CC (2015)

I am new to illustrator, but know the basics and am learning as I go along using different tools.

I have created a simple shape:

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and used 3d extrude and bevel and transform. Up to this point I can still change the colour.

I then use the transform effect and expand appearance

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When I re color like in the last image it doesn't change the face. I have tried changing colour of the stroke and fill I just can't figure it out.

What I am trying to do is to have each with a different color.


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Realize that gradients get rasterized when using the 3D effects.

There's a warning in the 3D dialog window if the art contains a gradient:

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That may be why colors aren't changing -- they are embedded raster images after the 3D effect is applied and expanded.

Don't use gradients in the base object, use flat colors, then apply the 3D, expand, and then change colors.


Not using a gradient as Scott said helped, however when changing color it changed all including the shadow. To just change the face color I used the direct selection tool.

It also worked on the image I had already created by selecting the face (using direct selection tool), dragging it off, selecting where the face was and then selecting a new colour.

I did that because for some reason I could not recreate the same image.

I hope that explained what I did, it was simpler doing it than trying to explain what I did

  • It sounds like you essentially deleted the embedded raster image then added a fill color to its clipping mask. That works, but having filled clipping masks may cause issues later. You may want to reselect those fills and choose Object > Clipping Mask > Release to remove the clipping aspect of those shapes.
    – Scott
    Aug 9, 2015 at 19:18

Alternatively, you can just expand the appearance after you're done with the shapes and then manipulate the colours once expanded

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