The Style Dropper is used to pick up a style from one object and drop it on another. It can also be used to “quick pick up” a style from an existing object while you draw.
To Copy a Style from One Object to Another Object
- Choose the Style Dropper [d] tool.
- With the cursor (it will look like an empty style dropper), click an object to pick up its style.
- With the cursor (it will look like a full style dropper), click an object(s) to drop the style on it.
- To pick up a different style while the Style Dropper tool is still active, hold the
OPTIONkey and click an object.
HINT: Alternatively, right-click the object with the style to be picked up and choose ‘Copy Style…’ from the contextual menu, right-click an object to receive the style and choose ‘Paste Style…’ from the contextual menu.
Apply a Different Style to an Existing Object
With the object selected, do one of the following:
- Double-click a stroke or fill style from the Styles & Clip Art palette, or
- In the Styles Tab, click ‘Clone’ or ‘Reset’ then edit the style properties as desired. Style changes apply to the last drawn object
‘Quick Pick-up’ Another Object’s Style While You Draw
- Choose a drawing tool.
- Hold the
COMMANDkey to temporarily activate the Style Dropper without switching tools.
- With the cursor (it will look like an empty style dropper), click an object with the style to be picked up.
- Release the
COMMANDkey and continue drawing.
Copy a Style from One Object to Multiple Objects
Use the Style Dropper tool, or do the following:
- Select an object containing the style to be copied.
- Choose ‘Edit > Style > Copy Style…’ from the main menu, or right-click and choose ‘Copy Style’ from the contextual menu.
- Select the objects to receive the style, choose ‘Edit > Style > Paste Style…’ from the main menu.