Save a Graphic Style in Adobe CS5 Illustrator - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator allows you to save a graphic style. A graphic style is a combination of all settings you choose for a particular filter or effect in the Appearance panel. By saving this information in a graphic style, you store these attributes so that you can quickly and easily apply them to other objects later.

Choose Window→Graphic Styles; in the panel that appears are thumbnails of many different styles that Adobe provides to you as a default. Create a new shape, such as a rectangle, and click any graphic style to apply it to an active object. Look at the Appearance panel while you click different styles to see that you’re applying combinations of attributes, including effects, fills, and strokes.

The Graphic Styles panel stores effects and other attributes.
The Graphic Styles panel stores effects and other attributes.

Find more styles by choosing the Graphic Styles panel menu (click the arrow in the upper-right corner of the panel) and selecting Open Graphic Style Library.

You can store attributes as a graphic style in several ways; here are two easy methods. If you already applied a combination of attributes to an object, store them by completing one of these tasks:

  • With the object selected, Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac) the New Graphic Style button at the bottom of the Graphic Styles panel. Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac) to name the style when it’s added.

  • Drag the selected object directly into the Graphic Styles panel. The panel stores its attributes, but you have to double-click the new style to name it.

After you store a graphic style, simply select the object you want to apply the style to and then click the saved style in the Graphic Styles panel.