I would LOVE to be able to copy appearance attributes!
It would be VERY helpful if I could copy the appearance of one item and paste to apply them to another, instead of having to do everything over again for each item.
I want this option to either work within the appearance palette OR I want the eyedropper to pick up the appearance attributes. Right now, using the layers palette to make this happen is cumbersome. There are hundreds of paths in my layers which makes this method too slow.
What I want, is to be able to copy the style of shadow or glow or other effect from one object to another. I applied a white glow to a low-rez image, now that I'm replacing it with a vector, there's no way for me to apply the same glow automatically, I have to visually duplicate the effect.
Mark Nicoll commented
Yogesh - you're technically right, but WOW is it tricky to accurately pick up an appearance in practice.
The problem seems to come when an object's visible appearance is determined by the appearance of the groups containing it.
For example, to apply a stroke around a stroke it's necessary to use the ‘outline stroke’ effect, group the path and then apply a stroke around the group. It looks simple enough by eye, but you can't pick up that appearance with the eye dropper. Frustrating.
Would it be possible to pick up the 'deep' appearance of an object by picking up the whole group-hierarchy appearance and, if necessary, applying that group-structure (with their appearance attributes) to the target object? If there were a smart way to do this without generating chaotic vector garbage, it would hugely improve the tool...
You can do so by using Eyedropper tool. All you have to do is check ON the two "Appearance" checkboxes in the Eyedropper options dialog. To get to the dialog, double-click the Eyedropper tool.