How do I change the fill color of an object in Adobe Illustrator that has internals removed?

I can not change the fill color on an object (with internals) in Adobe Illustrator CC. What am I forgetting to do? I attached a PDF file. You will see an Owl with yellow feet and yellow nose. The rest of the body looks green. I just want to change the green to yellow. Later; I will make it all black for a film positive. Thank you.
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jampostGeneral MaanagerAsked:
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Kat DoneganConnect With a Mentor UX/UI DesignerCommented:
Try only selecting the owl's body and nothing else. The swatch should show that it is currently green. You should then be able to change it to whatever color you choose.
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Kat DoneganUX/UI DesignerCommented:
I opened your PDF on Illustrator CC and I was able to change the owl from green to yellow. I see no issue with changing the fill color. Make sure you have the owl's body selected before choosing a color (see attached photo). Can you also clarify what you mean by "with internals"?
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jampostGeneral MaanagerAuthor Commented:
Thank you Katrina,
   
    I used pathfinder and chose "Minus front" to cut out the eyes, nose, and wavy lines designating feathers. I call them internals. If I want to change the green to yellow; do I just highlight the perimeter or do I also highlight the  (internals) eyes-nose-feathers, etc? Actually I have tried highlighting with just perimeter as well as perimeter and internals --  setting it to fill and using the eye dropper.
  The weird thing is that with the perimeter and internal objects highlighted the fill shows yellow like the nose & feet, but the body is still green. Any thoughts on that?
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jampostGeneral MaanagerAuthor Commented:
I tried just the perimeter of the body and the fill shows yellow.
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Kat DoneganUX/UI DesignerCommented:
Can you provide a screenshot of your entire interface when you only have the owl's body selected?
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jampostGeneral MaanagerAuthor Commented:
When I select the perimeter and internals  --  the same result  --  Yellow
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jampostGeneral MaanagerAuthor Commented:
For some reason there is a disconnect between me selecting and the fill/stroke.
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Kat DoneganUX/UI DesignerCommented:
That's quite odd because I opened your PDF and it worked fine for me. Can you send me a screenshot? And your AI file as well.
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jampostGeneral MaanagerAuthor Commented:
One owl coming your way...
Owl.docx
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Kat DoneganUX/UI DesignerCommented:
I see. Check the appearance panel (see attached image). It should look like this. If there is another attribute within it, it's probably overriding the yellow color you want. Another thing to try is NOT using the eyedropper tool, but manually selecting a color by double clicking the swatch. The eyedropper tool could be messing up the attributes.

If these don't work, can I get your actual Illustrator file so I can dig around in there?
appearance-panel.png
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jampostGeneral MaanagerAuthor Commented:
Thank you Katrina. I probably turned the wrong thing on.  --  Joe
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jampostGeneral MaanagerAuthor Commented:
I could email the ai file but it will not upload on this system. See attached.
Owl.docx
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jampostGeneral MaanagerAuthor Commented:
Katrina, I clicked on compound shape. in the appearance panel and that fixed it. Thank you for all of your efforts and guiding me to the appearance panel.   --  Joe
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Kat DoneganUX/UI DesignerCommented:
Perfect! Happy designing!
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