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Copying all the effects and gradients fills from one object to another in Illustrator

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If I have a vector object with lots of effects and multiple fills, how do I copy the whole "package" to a second completely different shaped object?

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John
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Hi John. First we need some clarification.
The answer would be different depending on the object fill type...

1: Which version of Illustrator are you using? (I am assuming CS2 for now)
2: a: Is it a 'Mesh' object shape with multiple fills?  or
    b: 'Multiple' object shapes with multiple fills that are grouped together?  or
    c: an object with multiple fills in the 'appearance palette'?

ANSWER to question 2a:
Cannot be copied. The mathematical model changes, therefore cannot be re-applied to a different shaped object.

ANSWER to question 2b:
Ungroup and apply individually as per question 2c.
If the object is not a group but a compound shape: First 'expand' it from the 'Object' menu.

ANSWER to question 2c:
If you have standard fills & strokes, copy them to other objects using the 'Eyedropper' tool.
Deselect all objects.
Select the eyedropper.
Click on the object you want to copy from.
Hold down the 'Alt' key.
Click on the object you want to copy to.
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Thanks, jouhann. I would never have stumbled upon deselect, and using the alt key. but is there a way to copy effects and additional fills as well?

Thanks,

John
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Hi John

Random positioned colour fills like 'Mesh' colours cannot be copied as Illustrator cannot mathematically position them on a different object.
i.o.w...
As long as it can be mathematically transported, it can be copied.

The best way to "copy" a set of formatting options is to create a graphic style and then applying the new style to another object. (Remember, not everything can be reproduced!)

Creating a style:
1: Apply formatting to your object: Things like, fill, stroke and an effect like drop shadow or outer glow.
2: Deselect and re-select with the selection tool.
3: Activate the 'Graphic Style' panel
4: Drag the object into the 'Graphic Style' panel. (this will copy the formatting only, not the shape)
5: Select a new object and Apply the new style by 'clicking on the style you created' in the style panel.

Hope this helps

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Thanks, jouhaan.
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