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How to quickly copy Appearance effects from object to object?

Enthusiast ,
Mar 08, 2012 Mar 08, 2012

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In Photoshop, this is beautifully simple and fast.

But in Aunty Illie, without clunkily defining a new Graphic Style and applying that to the desired inheriter of the effect(s), how does one apply one or two effects currently applied to Object A, to Object B?

And let's assume both Object A and Object B have assorted effects already applied. I just want to take the Drop Shadow from Object A and give it to Object B without messing it's currently applied effects.

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Mar 08, 2012 Mar 08, 2012

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See the manual on graphic styles. You can add them to effects that are already applied. If you want to copy effects from one objects to the other, use the eyedropper tool or the layer panel.

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Mar 08, 2012 Mar 08, 2012

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I can add what to "effects that are already applied"?

Using the eye dropper will apply all effects from sampled object, I only want its Drop Shadow.

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Mar 08, 2012 Mar 08, 2012

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You can only add graphic styles. (see manual)

With the eyedropper you cannot add an effect.

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Mar 08, 2012 Mar 08, 2012

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make a graphic style that is just the drop shadow that you want.

select [object b] and option click that graphic style to apply it without interfering with any other appearance attributes.

There's no way to eyedropper only one portion of the effects you have applied.  There's no way to drag/drop only a portion of the appearance attributes.

i like to have a notebook handy for moments like these. 😕

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Jul 05, 2016 Jul 05, 2016

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A bit of a band-aid that is more workflow order specific. But I often decide what one of those effects are, and then after I've set it on one object I can use the quick key to reapply my last effect used to the next selected object. So if I press the quick key CMD + SHIFT + E on mac OS then it repeats that last effect. This will add the effect regardless of what other appearance effects are already existing. In the screenshot you can see it applies the drop shadow from Object A to Object B without affecting the existing 3D effect that was applied.

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 12.22.10 AM.png

Also you can use the eyedropper to clone an appearance by holding SHIFT + OPTION and clicking on the object you want to copy the appearance from.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 28, 2021 Oct 28, 2021

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Genius! So from the appearance panel click on 'drop shadow' then close that, select other objects you want and reapply the shadow just by holding shift+option(Alt on a PC)+E. You just saved me some time. Thanks very much!

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Jan 10, 2018 Jan 10, 2018

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Found this video, looks like it is an answer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g1hDAKegw8

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Feb 14, 2018 Feb 14, 2018

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Select the object you want to copy the effect from, then open the Appearance palette; double-click the effect you want to copy and it'll open the dialogue box for that effect with the settings of that object. This now sets the effect to those options.

Close the dialogue box without changing the settings and now select the object you want to apply the effect to, then from the Effect menu choose that effect - the dialogue box should open with the settings that you want.

Apply the effect.

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