Fix Find and Replace Color on Adobe Illustrator

Here’s a post on an issue I had with Illustrator’s find and replace color feature. And if you’re having the same issue, this will help you out. So I was initially trying to change the color of this glass, and I knew that going to edit and editing colors would change that.

The problem

You can change all the colors at once, but it’s grayed out. So if you’re having this problem, the issue is that you’re not selecting anything. So select something. Let’s say I want to change the color of this glass. I’m going to click the glass. Initially, I thought it doesn’t matter what I picked—just select anything and then go to objects. But it doesn’t work.

Find And Replace Color Not Working Solved Adobe Illustrator 1 41 Screenshot 1024x640 1
Find And Replace Color Not Working Solved Adobe Illustrator 1 41 Screenshot 1024Ă—640 1

What am I doing wrong? Well, what you’re doing wrong is that you’re not selecting all of the items.

The solution

So what you want to do is you want to undo that, of course, and then click Command-A to select everything on the R board. Alternatively, if you don’t want to change every single color in the entire artboard, you want to change, let’s say, everything inside of one area.

Then highlight the area and go through the same process. To edit colors. Recolor artwork. And again, this is just an example, but I’m going to do everything that’s this color. Make it bright red. Okay. Now we see that it took the change.

So let’s go and highlight everything. The actual thing that I want to do is this edit color, recolor, artwork, and everything that is this color. I want it to be a slightly different color. And that just took effect and changed its very, very mild, subtle change. You can’t see it. But trust me that the change that I wanted is there. If I zoom in, this is the excuse; this is the color I wanted.

Are you a visual learner? Check out my video below, titled “Find and Replace Color not Working?” from my YouTube channel, as I show you all this firsthand.

A video titled “Find and Replace Color not Working?” from my YouTube channel.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about Adobe Illustrator.

Can I get Adobe Illustrator for free?

Illustrator offers a 7-day free trial. The free trial offers the complete edition of Illustrator, with all features and updates.

How much does Adobe Illustrator cost?

Individuals pay $20.99/per month for Adobe Illustrator; teams pay $35.99/per month per license. Illustrator has included in the Creative Cloud All Apps package, including Photoshop.

Is Illustrator better than Photoshop?

Adobe Illustrator is great for professional graphic designers developing scalable visuals. Photoshop is the greatest photo-editing program for designers.


See its that easy. No college is necessary! Okay, so that concludes this article. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below (I read and reply to every comment). If you found this helpful, check out my full blog and subscribe to my YouTube channel. Thanks for reading!

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