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changing stroke color with eye dropper?

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Jul 21, 2009

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how can i change the stroke color of a shape using the eye dropper?  each time i try to do it, it fills the shape rather than changes just the stroke color.  i am trying to match the color from something other than a color that is what's on the color palette.

does that make sense??!

select the object you want to change, make the stroke active and Shift+click with the eyedropper on the color you want. The only problem is that you can't pick up patterns this way, only the exact color that you clicked on gets applied

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changing stroke color with eye dropper?

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how can i change the stroke color of a shape using the eye dropper?  each time i try to do it, it fills the shape rather than changes just the stroke color.  i am trying to match the color from something other than a color that is what's on the color palette.

does that make sense??!

select the object you want to change, make the stroke active and Shift+click with the eyedropper on the color you want. The only problem is that you can't pick up patterns this way, only the exact color that you clicked on gets applied

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As strange as this might sound this is what you have to do.

Double click the eyedropper tool in the tool bar, a dialog box will show up. In that dialog box uncheck Focal Fill on both sides. Make certain Strokes and its options for color etc are checked.

and click OK  now when you. Now you will only change the stroke.

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Didn't work for me. I'm new to this, so I don't get what it did, exactly, but it felt inconsistent. Before I did that, it would fill the center even though I'd select the stroke box and then the color, but after, it wouldn't even do that when I'd click on the fill box and pick the color I actually wanted in the center---instead it put a ? there.

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What you can do is switch fill and strokes options (X shotchut), and then Shift+click which color you want to apply it will apply to the stroke only. Hope it Helps 🙂

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select the object you want to change, make the stroke active and Shift+click with the eyedropper on the color you want. The only problem is that you can't pick up patterns this way, only the exact color that you clicked on gets applied

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LEGEND ,
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Zeno has this correct and I have the hard way of doing this I thought asmuch and trashing the preference I can do this myself.

Thanks Zeno.

You should mark Zeno's post as the answer.

There probably lots of people who should know where the answer is located when they do a search.

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Agreed. Zeno has got it down.

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Thanks man your answer is really helpful even after 11 years. 

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so you mean there is a feature to pick up patterns? please tell me about it.

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"so you mean there is a feature to pick up patterns? please tell me about it."

 

CHeck all in the eyedropper options and you can pick up patterns. Or what is it you want to do?

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i'm imitating an image. there are some floral patterns in the image that i wish to pick up (like a stamp tool). i've started using illustrator just two weeks ago and so i have very less information about it. help?

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Please show.

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May 13, 2020

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image.jpg

 this floral pattern.

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No, you can't use the Eyedropper tool to pick up a pattern from a photograph or other raster (pixel) image. You can crop a portion of the image and create a pattern from it, or recreate it as vector art and make a pattern from that.

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Make sure you're clicking the stroke path with your eyedropper. If you don't you will change the fill color of the object you have selected. I believe that is the answer to your question. It may also be helpful to check your eyedropper options, which you can access by double-clicking the eyedropper icon in the tools panel. Once you're there, see if the Appearance checkbox is selected on the upper, left-hand corner of the Eyedropper Options dialog box. I hope this information helps.

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