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eyedropper tool does not work with patterns

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Jun 21, 2024 Jun 21, 2024

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hi adobe community,

 

i am an architecture student who has watched a few tutorials on how to use pre-made custom patterns as hatches for sections and in each of them, the eydropper tool has been used.

 

I have downloaded a few illustrator patterns from adobe stock and proceed to use them in my drawings - from what i understand: select desired shape > click eyedropper tool > click on the pattern and voila.

 

I have done this multiple times with various keys pressed at the same time (ctrl, alt, fn etc.), but all it does is colour my main shape with the colour of the pattern (black), and not with the colour itself. 

 

Please can someone help, I really don't know how I can fix this

 

Many thanks!

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Community Expert , Jun 21, 2024 Jun 21, 2024

Double-click on the eyedropper tool to change the scope, that is, what it effects.

Screenshot 2024-06-21 at 2.48.16 PM.png

 

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Enthusiast , Jun 22, 2024 Jun 22, 2024

Alexandra, just a thought, are the downloaded patterns actual Pattern Swatches?

 

Here I created 4 shapes and filled with a color.

I duplicated and manually filled with 4 different Pattern Swatches.

If I took the original shape and selected, then switched to the eyedropper tool and sampled the shape with Pattern Swatch, it does pickup the pattern and not just the color.

 

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Screen Pattern Swatches.png

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Community Expert , Jun 22, 2024 Jun 22, 2024

The  clipart probably does not contain real patterns. 

You can try and select one such artwork and then drag it into the swatches panel.

This creates a pattern that you can then apply to your shape.

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Jun 21, 2024 Jun 21, 2024

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As per your description, I'm not quite sure exactly what your desired result is.

Can you clarify with some screenshots and further instructions? Or with a sample Illustrator file?

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Double-click on the eyedropper tool to change the scope, that is, what it effects.

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Jun 22, 2024 Jun 22, 2024

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Alexandra, just a thought, are the downloaded patterns actual Pattern Swatches?

 

Here I created 4 shapes and filled with a color.

I duplicated and manually filled with 4 different Pattern Swatches.

If I took the original shape and selected, then switched to the eyedropper tool and sampled the shape with Pattern Swatch, it does pickup the pattern and not just the color.

 

K

Screen Pattern Swatches.png

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The  clipart probably does not contain real patterns. 

You can try and select one such artwork and then drag it into the swatches panel.

This creates a pattern that you can then apply to your shape.

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