Creating Swatches in Illustrator

Illustrator

1406059556_illustratorIf you’re as easily irritated by first world problems as I am, it probably annoys you beyond belief when you open Illustrator to have to dump the default swatches before you can begin your creative process every single time.I confess I am guilty of post necromancy! The following tutorial may see familiar because it was first published on my old site about 2 years ago*. Hey ho, if it helps, it helps! Right?

Method One
{creating your own new document profile}

  1. Open/Load Illustrator.
  2. Go to File -> New. Enter the settings you’d like to set for your own “new document profile”.
  3. Click on the White swatch, scroll to the bottom of your swatches panel, press & hold the shift key while clicking on the very last swatch in the palette then drag to the Trash Can.
  4. Save your New Document Profile to C:Documents and SettingsYOUR USERNAMEApplication DataAdobeAdobe Illustrator #Settingsen_GBNew Document Profiles and close the document.
  5. Return to File -> New, click on the drop-down menu to find your new document profile.

Method Two
{editing pre-existing new document profiles}

  1. Locate your Illustrator’s default swatches in C:Documents and SettingsYOUR USERNAMEApplication DataAdobeAdobe Illustrator #Settingsen_GBNew Document Profiles.
  2. Open Print.ai.
  3. In the Swatches Palette, click on the White swatch then while pressing and holding down the shift key click on the very last swatch in the collection and drag to the trash can on the Swatches palette.
  4. Save & close.
  5. Repeat this process for the other swatches except Basic CMYK.ai & Basic RGB.ai.

I’m delighted to let you know that you will still be able to use the defaults as they’re hiding in the Swatch Libraries menu.

*Content originally published by Irene Knight/Ehkho.com on November 12th 2012.