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I am creating a vexel portrait in Illustrator. For the shading areas I am using a 5% opacity for each shape that I draw w/ the pen tool. But I find that I have to set the opacity back to 5% for each shape that I draw. How can I avoid doing this and just 5% opacity for all of the shapes. Note: I don't want to set 5% opacity for shapes I have drawn, but the shapes that I am going to draw. Thanks.

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Make certain "New Art Has Basic Appearance" is not checked in the Appearance Panel menu.

Appearance Panel

This will allow newly drawn objects to retain appearance settings as you draw.

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