Questions tagged [appearance]

Appearance attributes are properties that affect the look of an object without altering its underlying structure. Appearance attributes include fills, strokes, transparency, and effects. If you apply an appearance attribute to an object and later edit or remove that attribute, it does not change the underlying object or any other attributes applied to the object.

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Illustrator: Text shown not to have a fill has a fill

I have two text objects in my Illustrator file that look the same, but their Appearance properties are showing up differently and I don't know why. Here they are, with their Appearance properties: ...
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Illustrator - Inner shadow/glow to only one side?

How can I get an inner glow but only approached from one side like on the image, and not around the whole object?
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How much control over line breaks should I exercise in a formal letter?

How much control over line breaks should I exercise in a formal letter? I have a quote of the text of an email message, which includes a standard US-style phone number including area code. Right now ...
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Illustrator: Copy appearance between documents

I am currently making assets for an InDesign project. In order to stay consistent I wanted to copy over the shadow I created to the rest of my assets. It was then when I noticed that I do not have the ...
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Illustrator Eyedropper Tool can't sample the Appearance of grouped objects?

Today while using Illustrator CS6 I encountered an issue where I had multiple groups, each containing a set of text and non-text artwork, and when I tried to copy the Appearance from one group to ...
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Should I outline or expand strokes when making a logo?

Do I have to outline or expand strokes when making a logo? When I use an ink brush for example, should I expand or outline the stroke or can I leave it if I want to?
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Why do we have to expand before merge?

I am a beginner in Adobe Illustrator. In a project I was doing on Treehouse, I got stuck when the instructor told me to expand and then merge without explaining what that's for. Why do we have to ...
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Can I align a stroke to the inside of a shape with “Apply gradient across stroke”

I am trying to make a gradient going from the edge of a shape to its offset center, to make it look like letters that have been forged or carved in stone, in this style (but with 0° shadows): ...
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How to Outline stroke included appearance panel

Hello. I'm an illustrator in Korea. I have one question. How to outline stroke to stroke in appearance panel? (now.. If I create outline to type still on stroke option not change to path.) I have ...
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Path with 0 opacity and visible stroke in AI or PS

Is it possible to draw a line using the pen tool and set it to have a visible stroke, 0% opacity and 30% fill. I need it to create a route map, so lots of drawing with pen tool. See examples:
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Illustrator: how to draw “snowflake” in live mirror mode?

I want to draw such "snowflake" pic using 1/8 part of it. Is there way to use Illustrator to draw such a snowflake in live mirror mode? I thought that I can use clipping mask and Transform Effects ...
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The pros and cons of using the appearance panel to create complex shapes and strokes in AI

Recently, I've been going over some Lynda tutorials for Adobe Illustrator and there are several sections where the presenter uses the appearance panel to modify the shape and stroke (and add ...
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How can I make a horizontal ellipse appear to go through a vertical one?

How can I make the horizontal ellipse (in the image on the left) appear to go through the vertical one as shown in the image on the right? I want the horizontal circle to look like it goes through ...
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How to rotate a shape around a custom center point using the transformation effect in the appearance panel in Illustrator

How to rotate a shape around a custom center point using the appearance panel transform effect in Illustrator. let's say I have a shape I want to rotate it incrementally around a specific center ...
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In Illustrator, how do I make paths transparent below fills?

I'm new to Adobe Illustrator. However, I've been using CorelDraw since the early 90's. So I'm pretty familiar with most of the concepts involved with vector design. One thing that has confounded me ...
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Set a stroke to knockout a fill behind it with live text in Illustrator

I'd like to be able to set the stroke of some live text to knockout a fill that is offset so it appears as a shadow with negative space between the top fill and the "shadow" fill. I can't seem to find ...
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How do i make the first of two strokes on text transparent so it shows through the bottom stroke layer?

I was wondering if it's possible to put a double stroke on text so that the inner stroke makes it transparent and you can see the background. Basically it will be a solid text, then an outline which ...
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Cut out stroke from objects beneath

I'm fairly new to Illustrator, but I'm working on this vector: Right now this is accomplished by circle paths, white fill color, and also two strokes. The blue stroke is 4px and then there is a white ...
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How to crop the rectangle effect in the appearance panel

How can I crop a dynamic rectangle effect so that the outsides of the rectangle don't show outside a certain fill? please have a look of the appearance panel The desired effect: The reason not to ...
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Stroke won't change in Illustrator

I created some shapes with the pen tool and then with the brush, but when I switched back to pen tool I couldn't change the stroke. I can't change its colour or make it transparent either. Does ...
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Shear Tool after Other Effect -> Expand Appearance

I want to clarify a small issue with Shear Tool, because I feel there is a common rule I miss. I created a rectangle and applied Rounded Effect. At this stage I did not expanded appearance. Next, I ...