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How to Copy Appearance Attributes with Adobe Illustrator

Learn how to copy appearance attributes with Adobe Illustrator from expert Will "Focus" Dubois in this Howcast video.


This is how to copy Appearance Attributes in Adobe Illustrator.

So, sometimes we have shapes or artwork that has a certain characteristic that we want another piece of the work that's on the actual board to have.

So, right now we have 2 squares. Although it doesn't look like we have 2 squares, we have 2 squares.

This is actually a square with an effect called rounded corners on it. Now, you don't necessarily have to worry about how to do the rounded corners aspect. This is just going to work universally for anything.

But right now let's say we have our rounded corners and it makes this look like an oval.

Let's say we want this square to have the same attribute that this square has, now that it looks like a circle.

Well, if you head on over to your Layers Panel, if they're on 2 separate layers or if they're in a sub-layer, you have to expand that layer by clicking the drop down arrow, and then you look for the layer that has the attribute that you want.

And what you can do is you can click ALT on your keyboard, and you would drag that little circle that's on the right hand side, because that's the appearance of the item, and as soon as you release it over the circle of the other item, it will adopt all the attributes from that item.

So, let's just supply another quick effect.

Let's say we delete that and pick another one. And we go to Effect, Warp, Arc Upper. And this is what we're looking at in terms of the upper arc of this.

And let's say we want our other item to have it. We would
head on over to our Layers Panel. We're going to Alter Option click, and drag that option down into that one that doesn't have it, and now they both have it.

And that's how you Copy Appearance Attributes in Adobe Illustrator.

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