I have never had to ungroup objects to get the eye dropper tool to apply selected attributes to an object.
This no longer works without ungrouping objects.
I have never had to ungroup objects to change the color of an object selecting a color from swatches.
This no longer works without ungrouping objects.
These issues have started this past week and it's driving me crazy. I have not changed anything to my knowledge. Ideas?
In both cases, it's showing white. Hmm. Looking for possible reasons.
Is it any of these?
Does not appear to be making a differnce.
As you can see in the appearance panel, the chosen color gets applied, but is below the "contents" which is the single paths.
Can you please show what happens in the appearance panel step by step from the point where you create the group?
Resize your Appearance panel so we can see all of it. Note that the fill is white on the part we can see.
Good news, using the selection tool and selecting the swatch and applying it to the group of rectangles DID change the color without having to ungroup it. (I changed no settings. Gremlins- my only explanation for that working.)
Bad news, using the eye dropper to change the color of the group of three rectangles did not work again.
Thank you for trying to help. Do these screen shots help? (when you try to use the eyedropper tool and take a screen shot, the pointer icon (dropper) disappears on the document page.)
What you're seeing is that when using the eyedropper, Illustrator applies a fill to the group, which is pinkt, but it's below the contents of the group, which are blue.
With your settings of the eyedropper tool this actually shouldn't happen.
What you could try (and should help): when using the eyedroper make sure the fill is focused and then click on the pink with the shift key pressed. This should prevent Illustrator from applying a new fill to the group and instead apply the pink to the rectangles directly.
No change. I tired other combos of alt, command, shift and option with the eyedropper tool- no change.
I tried making another group of 2 green rectangles and used them in place of the pink one- no change.
I tried making a whole new document and making the same scenario with different colors- no change.
No luck. What next?
I just noticed that there were a few new updates that I had not installed (since this conversations started). I will update AI and see if it's any better.
I am working with the most recent 22,0,1 (and that does not solve your problem).
Updated to that version and you are correct.
I did report the issue to Illustrator feedback. Thank you for suggesting that. We'll see what happens next.
(sorry for the INDD screen shot, should have used an AI screenshot from earlier post)
Looks solved in 22.1
I'm on version 25.0.1/ 2020 and getting this bug.
I see it's marked as "solved" but see no solutions in the whole thread.
Why is that?
Pick up the color, hold down the Alt key and click on the objects of the group to fill them one by one.
Thank you for your help. Unfortunately, my Illustrator files can get crazy huge sometimes and this would take forreeeevverrrrr....I hope they can fix the glitch. Much appreciated suggestion, though.
I have the same problem with version 24.0.1 CC 2020. Did you find a solution for this? The eyedropper has the same function with text and groups.
I am having the same issue now with 24.2.3. I never had this issue before upgrading my OS to Catalina, but now that I have, the eye dropper will only change the color of objects in a group if I first ungroup them (and then regroup after the change). Additionally, if I use the Direct Selection tool (a), I get the annoying "bonk" noise whenever I move an object within a group (even though it moves it just fine).
I'm also having this issue. I'm on Catalina with Illustrator 24.3. Never seen this before. Just like everyone else, my grouped objects ignore the eyedropper, even though the fill and stroke on the left of the program changes. However, I'm noticing some weird behavior. Some of my grouped objects DO acknowledge the eyedropper but only for certain things and only sometimes. I have seven seperate grouped objects (each being made up of the same three rectangles, blue with black .5 pt stroke). One of them absolutely refuses anything from the eyedropper. The others at first only obeyed two things: the stroke of any other object (keeping the fill the same), and the background. However, after messing around with it some more, it got even more weird. When I directly selected a rectangle from the group closest to the one that refused everything, it itself suddenly started to refuse everything, as well as another group that I hadn't directly selected. Also, I made one group copy the 2 pt stroke from another object in the document, and another group have no stroke (from eyedropping the background), and when I tried to eyedrop the 2 pt stroke group to copy it to the no stroke group, instead of copying just the 2 pt stroke like I expected, it copied just the .5 stroke it used to have. I'm going to have to do a lot more experimenting to see what on earth the problem is but I have the feeling it's remembering what fill/stroke it had in the past and is messing up there somehow.
Having the exact same problem with 24.3 and MacOS Catalina. I don't have this problem on my work computer but on my personal one. Tried installing an older version of Illustrator but the problem continued and it seems like this has already been an issue for years now. It is extremely annoying!