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Video:How to Customize a Graphic Style in Illustrator

with Frank Bayless

Customizing graphic styles is easy to do in Adobe Illustrator, and the types of graphics you can make are limitless. This About.com video will teach you how to get started customizing graphic styles in Adobe Illustrator.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Customize a Graphic Style in Illustrator

Hi, this is Frank Bayless with About.com and this is how to customize a graphic style in Illustrator.

Open New Document in Illustrator

The first thing we need to do in order to customize a graphic style is make sure we have a blank document open. We do this by going to the File menu and going to New, adding a name, and some dimensions, and selecting Okay.

Create Object to Customize

The next thing we need to do is create an object that we can apply our graphic style onto to customize. I'll do this by selecting a Rectangle tool or M on our keyboard and creating a simple rectangle on our screen. Next, make sure you have the rectangle selected by selecting the Selector tool or V on your keyboard and select the rectangle.

Open Appearance and Graphic Styles Panels

Now we need to open up the Appearance and Graphic Styles panels. To do this, go to the Window menu and going down to Appearance; you can also press the up arrow and F6 on your keyboard to open up the Appearance panel. This will open up the Appearance panel on your right hand side. Now go back to the Window menu and select the the Graphic Styles selection or up arrow and F5 on your keyboard. This will open up both panels onto the right-hand side.

Customize Graphic Style in Illustrator

In order to apply a graphic style to an object we create, all we need to do is select one of the presets that come with Illustrator. Customizing graphics style is simple. All you need to do is play with any of the attributes inside of the Appearance panel. You can change the fill, the stroke size, as well as add any effects that you wish. Customizing a graphic style is simple and easy.

You can also save that graphic style you just created as its own new preset. All you need to do is go to the Graphic Styles panel, and select New Graphic Style from the bottom right-hand side. That is how to customize a graphic style in Illustrator.

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