Text will not change fill colour to what has been selected
WIndows 10, Illustrator 23.0.3: After selecting text, I try to change the fill colour either using the eyedropper tool or the swatches panel. I expect the text to change to that colour. However, while the colour window shows the colour has been changed, the text doesn't actually change colour. I have to outline the text in order to get it to change colour.
Hi Melina ,
Thanks for reporting this issue, Illustrator team really appreciate this.
As per attached screen shot , for the selected Text object your fill is below the Characters in appearance panel.
Can you kindly move the Fill above the characters and change fill. This will hopefully resolve your problem.
In order to identify the root cause , can you kindly provide us eyedropper setting snapshot ,you can find eyedropper settings by double click on eyedropper tool .
Mathew Foggo commented
Yeah... what the f. Having the same issue, this is absurd! This "fix" is useless... anyone got a real fix?
What is actually happening at Adobe, feels like its circling the drain these days... Anyone know decent Illustrator alternative, getting sick of these constants bugs......
I am having this problem, Mac OS is current, Big Sur 11.6, Illustrator freshly installed. I get to the Character Color Panel and I cannot change the color. No eyedropper or other tool or window appears to allow me to change the color.
sERIOUSLy How is it possible that such a routine function is broken. this is maddening. get it together. Illustrator first shipped in 1985. Get It Together.
Steve Ogden commented
Yes, this and other things are work arounds this really annoying issue. And it's not just text, but it seems to happpen with text moreso. But the fact is we never used to have to do this until a few versions ago. I think most of us don't even keep the appearances panel open, so having to do multiple steps to fill a color when it used to be just tap the eyedropper, done. - whats weird is why it only sometimes behaves like this - I've followed this and multiple threads on the subject and nobody has been able to explain this inconsistency.
How to move the fill on top of appearance
Steve O commented
I think it's more of an unfortunate change in UX than a bug. Also it's not just text - you'll find the same comments around shapes. I've been an Illustrator user for 25+ years, and use the eye dropper several times a minute, for text styling and object colorizing. (I rarely use the appearance palette for much other than trying to troubleshoot why the eye dropper no longer functions as it did for the first 20 years of using illustrator). There must be something about the workflow that the Illustrator team somehow expects us to be doing differently., that has never been explained well in the several different forums where this is a topic. I can't imagine a tools function would be changed from something that just always-worked-as-expected, to... "it works like this... except... if it doesn't... then open up this lesser-used palette, and drag the order of things around, and/or go the little menu in the top corner and select Clear Appearance, and THEN it will probably work". ....what are we missing?
I am experiencing the same issues in the latest version of Illustrator with what are some of the most important and regularly used tools . Having just spent over $300 on a year's subscription I'm not happy.
Having the same issue with the most updated Illustrator. I can't change the text to the shade of green that I want. Whenever I select the correct shade it reverts back to the previous shade. How can I change the colour without it automatically reverting back? I am trying to make the text colour the shade in the top right of the colour box but it always just reverts back to the shade more to the centre. Can change to any other colour but not that shade.
This helped me
I'm also having this issue. Dragging the fill below the characters in the Appearance panel fixes it, but this is a major disruption to workflow and unacceptably inefficient. It means that the eyedropper tool effectively no longer works on text regardless of the manual Appearance panel workaround. I hope this bug is fixed in the next update.