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creating swatches..

creating swatches..

creating swatches..

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Whenever I create a new swatch, style,…etc. it's available only in a file it's been created in and when I want to reuse it in an another file, it's not in the palette. Where are these things placed (or saved ) ?
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RE: creating swatches..

By default Illustrator brushes, swatches, preferences, etc.. are saved and associated only with the file that they were made with. This is incredibly annoying. The only way I have found to create my own system of swatches and such, and have them available for each and every file that I work on is to create a new startup.ai file. This will also allow you to save any preferences.

To create a custom startup file:

1  Make a backup copy of the current default startup file (located in the Plug-ins folder in the Adobe Illustrator application folder), Startup.ai (Windows) or Adobe Illustrator Startup (Mac OS), and then save the backup file outside of the Plug-ins folder. This will save the original startup file in case you need it again.

2  Open the default startup. This file contains labeled squares filled with the default colors, patterns, and gradients available in the Swatches palette.

3  Delete any existing colors, patterns, and gradients you don’t want to retain. Note that you must delete them from their respective palettes as well as from the artwork in the startup file.

4  Add new paint style attributes to the startup file as follows:

5  Select the options you want as default settings in the Page Setup and Document Setup dialog boxes, as well as the view preferences, the ruler origins, and the page origins.
Save the new file as Startup.ai (Windows) or Adobe Illustrator Startup (Mac OS) and place it inside the Plug-ins folder.

6. You will need to restart Illustrator again for the preferences to kick in.

These instructions might need adjustment depending on what version you are using.

Hope this helps.
Jer
azhdeem@hotmail.com

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