New bullets feature - change bullet color

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Aug 22, 2022 Aug 22, 2022

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Great to see the bullet feature finally being added to Illustrator, but how do I chnage the bullet color?

 

Thanks in advance,

Liviu

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Adobe Employee , Aug 23, 2022 Aug 23, 2022

Hi @designabc123,

 

Thanks for reaching out. This is expected behaviour, not in just Illustrator but in other third-party apps such as MS-Word, Pages, etc. We have logged an internal request with the product team to enhance this feature, which is currently under review.

Would you mind upvoting this UserVoice and adding your comment there? This way, you will get updates related to this feature request and help prioritise it.

 

However, in the meantime, you may use the workaround suggested by Anna,

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Community Expert ,
Aug 22, 2022 Aug 22, 2022

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Well, Illustrator is still not as good with text layout as InDesign 🙂 and does not have the Character styles for bullets.
The only way that I could find for a moment is 
1. Create the character style with the needed color.

2. Create a Paragraph style for the bulleted list and apply it to the text.

3. The most interesting: the bullet takes the character style from the first letter of the paragraph. So, if you add, say, the Hair Space at the start of the paragraph and apply your char style to this space, you will get the bullet with the needed color! 🙂

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New Here ,
Aug 23, 2022 Aug 23, 2022

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Thanks, Anna!

 

Indeed, I noticed that the bullet colour is taken from the first character and I did the coloured space trick. The issue with this is that. if the list item goes on two lines, the second line is not perfectly aligned with the top. I could add the same space on the second line, but then I need to add a hard return, and completely defeats the purpuse of automatic bullets.

 

So, to me, this new feature is incomplete. For one line list items it was easy enough before to add the bullet character manualy. Automatic flowing multiple line list items was where I was missing this feature. And seing how 90% of the time I like to have my bullets in a different colour then the text, I don't think I will use this new feature until it gets an option for bullet colour. I'd imagine it would be easy enough, as a bullet options panel already exists. They could just add a colour option in there.

 

Fingers crossed that will come in the next update.

 

Thanks,

Liviu

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 23, 2022 Aug 23, 2022

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Hi @designabc123,

 

Thanks for reaching out. This is expected behaviour, not in just Illustrator but in other third-party apps such as MS-Word, Pages, etc. We have logged an internal request with the product team to enhance this feature, which is currently under review.

Would you mind upvoting this UserVoice and adding your comment there? This way, you will get updates related to this feature request and help prioritise it.

 

However, in the meantime, you may use the workaround suggested by Anna, and I am also attaching a small recording of a workaround as well for reference.

 

Regards,

Anshul Saini

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Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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Can't even change bullet shape or size. I have tried twice to use this bullet feature. Both times it fails to meet my needs. Back to the old method.

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Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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Please add your vote to Uservoice in order to make it better.

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Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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could you please tell us a bit more about what you wanted to get and what happened? It would be helpful for other users.

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