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Why does Illustrator make the colors darker with 3D effects?


Question

I am trying to adjust colors after I apply a 3D effect (say extrude & bevel) in Adobe Illustrator (I tried in CS2 and CS5) but even if I make the object's color white it turns into fairly dark gray after the effect; I cannot make it lighter. I tried to play with shading but no luck.

I understand there should be shading and color change to show the 3D effect but the change is quite extreme.

Can anybody give me suggestions on how to preserve the colors with 3D effect in Illustrator?

2013/02/11
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2/11/2013 5:07:00 AM

Change the shading color to something lighter than Black (the default)

3D Effect

2013/02/11
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2/11/2013 7:50:00 AM