I created text effects a few times before and tried to save them as graphic styles by sliding the finished text into the graphic styles panel. But when I do this I just get a blank white box. Its the same when I try to load it back into the graphic styles panel from the library.

I recently watched a tutorial on creating graphic styles and I noticed the style was created using the appearance panel which I'm still learning to use.

What am I doing wrong?
Is creating in the appearance panel the only way I can save a graphic style?


A Graphic Style is essentially a saved Appearance Panel setting.

So, yes, using the Appearance Panel is the only way to save a Graphic Style.

Be aware the Appearance Panel can be hugely powerful. This was created using a single circle path and the Appearance Panel:

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  • I was afraid I would get that answer. I'm still learning how to use the layer panel to create effects. Thanks! – louis s Jul 21 '17 at 6:02
  • There's a lot you can do with just the Appearance Panel, and you don't need to copy and duplicate objects, resulting in more manageable files. – Scott Jul 21 '17 at 6:06
  • .....reading this just after having copied and duplicated texts. Wow!!!Well I definitely have to start learning how to master the Appearance Panel. Thanks again. – louis s Jul 21 '17 at 6:17

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