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Chapter 10. How to Handle Typical Type > The Text Eyedropper and Paint Bucket

The Text Eyedropper and Paint Bucket

As I mentioned earlier, once you set the character and paragraph formatting, that formatting stays in effect for the rest of the Illustrator session. So even if you start a new document, the text attributes stay the same. But once you change the formatting or quit Illustrator, those text attributes are no longer stored in the Character and Paragraph palettes.

Fortunately, Illustrator gives you a relatively easy way to sample the text attributes from one set of text and then apply them to another. You do it by using the eyedropper and paint bucket tools, shown in Figure 10.21. The eyedropper is the “taker” and the paint bucket is the “giver”; you sample attributes with the former, and then apply them where you want with the latter. (There are times when you can actually perform both steps at once, effectively bypassing the paint bucket, as you'll soon see.)


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