Unable to edit effects in Illustrator

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Sep 06, 2022 Sep 06, 2022

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Hey all, I was wondering if anyone else has had this issue before and knows how to fix it?

I'm currently working in Adobe Illustrator 2021 (version 25.4.8), and I can't seem to edit any effects I add to objects?
The effects will show up in the appearance panel, but I am unable to click on it and edit it. 

I've attached an image showing an example of what I mean. I've been trying to apple a grain effect to this shape layer. It lists the effect in the appearance panel, but again I can't edit it. Is there a setting I have turned on/off, or maybe I've applied the effect incorrectly?

Thanks in advance!

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Adobe Employee , Sep 06, 2022 Sep 06, 2022

Hello Laura5EB3,

 

Sorry to hear about this experience. I would request you try resetting Illustrator's preferences manually and see if that helps resolve the issue:


For macOS
• Close all Adobe applications.
• Go to the following locations
• ~/Library/Caches
• ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe
• ~/Library/Preferences
• Rename Adobe Illustrator, com.adobe.illustrator and Adobe Illustrator 25 Settings folders to Adobe Illustrator.old, com.adobe.illustrator.old and Adobe Illustrator 25 Settings.old
• La

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Screen Shot 2022-09-06 at 11.53.14 AM.png
And I forgot to attach the image haha. Anyways, here is the screenshot showing the grain effect is applied, but I cannot see it on the shape nor can I click on "Grain" and edit it.

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Hello Laura5EB3,

 

Sorry to hear about this experience. I would request you try resetting Illustrator's preferences manually and see if that helps resolve the issue:


For macOS
• Close all Adobe applications.
• Go to the following locations
• ~/Library/Caches
• ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe
• ~/Library/Preferences
• Rename Adobe Illustrator, com.adobe.illustrator and Adobe Illustrator 25 Settings folders to Adobe Illustrator.old, com.adobe.illustrator.old and Adobe Illustrator 25 Settings.old
• Launch Illustrator from the Creative Cloud.
 

Note: Location starting with this "~" sign indicates the User Library, which is hidden. So, you need to copy & paste the exact path in spotlight search or from Finder Menu > Go > Go to Folder > Paste the location in the dialog box like this:


For Windows
- Close all Adobe applications.
- Go to Location C:\Users\%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Adobe
- Rename Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Illustrator 25 Settings folders to Adobe Illustrator.old and Adobe Illustrator - 25 Settings.old
- Relaunch Illustrator
 

Disclaimer: Please note that renaming preferences folders will remove all the custom settings, and Illustrator will launch with default settings. You can also take a backup of the folders in case you want to. The location is mentioned above.
 

 

Looking forward to your response.

 

Thanks,

Anubhav

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Hi Anubhav,
Thanks for this!
Resetting the preferences seems to have solved the issue. 

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Hello Laura5EB3,

 

Glad to hear that the problem was resolved. Feel free to reach out if you need further assistance in the future. We'd be happy to help.

 

Regards

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Can you edit them when you create the effect? Do you have multiple monitors?

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No not able to edit the when I create the effect.
I have two monitors, but I'm not seeing an effects panel pop up on either one. I've tried resetting the workspace layout and changing to a different layout, still nothing. 

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You attached image is not showing the the forum. Go to the forum in your browser, and add the image with the Insert Photo icon. insert image forum.png

 

--- edit: you added the image while I was making this post.

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