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New Illustrator documents without colours / styles / brushes / symbols?

Explorer ,
Jun 06, 2018 Jun 06, 2018

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Hi - every time I start a new .ai document in CC, it opens with a fixed set of colours, styles, brushes and symbols that I don't need.

I have to delete them every time, which is time consuming and annoying.


Is there any way to get rid of these default add ons to any new document I create?

Help very much appreciated!

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Explorer , Jun 06, 2018 Jun 06, 2018

The document needs to be in the folder:

Mac : {user}:Library:Application Support:Adobe:Adobe Illustrator {version}:{lang}:New Document Profiles

Win : {drive}\Documents and Settings\{user}\Application Data\Adobe\Adobe Illustratorn {version} Settings\{lang}\New Document Profiles

Those folders are hidden by default. Please refer to your system's documentation on how to show them. So you might need to save the file somewhere else first and then move it to that folder.

Ah, Monika! That was exactly what

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Jun 06, 2018 Jun 06, 2018

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Use New document profiles

Startup profiles and content changes

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Well, apart from the fact, that this tutorial is for CS6, this looks to me merely like a "workaround".


Creating a new profile... whenever I start a "new" document and choose one of the dafault options (A4, A3, whatever) they still have the whole bunch of presets applied to it.

It surley helps, Monika - still I'd prefer a more "profound" change of the defaults.

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This doesn't "change the defaults," so you may or may not consider it a solution, but there is a script available that deletes all those things you don't want.

It can be found here: wundes.com

It looks like you have to download a whole batch of scripts in a Zip archive. Among them, you'll find one named 'delete_fluff'.

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John Mensinger, too bad --->

//deleteBrushes();

    //

    //____deleteBrushes() doesn't work.

    //____ You can see them, but you cant remove them..._____

Would have been a nice, swift solution, since this script could have been linked to an action and therefore to a hotkey...

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sebastianf15538645  schrieb

Well, apart from the fact, that this tutorial is for CS6, this looks to me merely like a "workaround".


Creating a new profile... whenever I start a "new" document and choose one of the dafault options (A4, A3, whatever) they still have the whole bunch of presets applied to it.

It surley helps, Monika - still I'd prefer a more "profound" change of the defaults.

You create one new document profile that  doesn't contain any defaults and then just use that new document profile for every new document you create.

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I'm Sorry, Monika, but in CC it doesn't work this way (or at least I can't find out, how to create a new document profile).

When editing the contents of a document setup, I can choose any document I like as "model" (which means, it will not have the aforementioned presets) - but after that I can't "save" that profile as a new default.

Please provide a step by step guide.

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It still works the same way as ever.

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The document needs to be in the folder:

Mac : {user}:Library:Application Support:Adobe:Adobe Illustrator {version}:{lang}:New Document Profiles

Win : {drive}\Documents and Settings\{user}\Application Data\Adobe\Adobe Illustratorn {version} Settings\{lang}\New Document Profiles

Those folders are hidden by default. Please refer to your system's documentation on how to show them. So you might need to save the file somewhere else first and then move it to that folder.

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The document needs to be in the folder:

Mac : {user}:Library:Application Support:Adobe:Adobe Illustrator {version}:{lang}:New Document Profiles

Win : {drive}\Documents and Settings\{user}\Application Data\Adobe\Adobe Illustratorn {version} Settings\{lang}\New Document Profiles

Those folders are hidden by default. Please refer to your system's documentation on how to show them. So you might need to save the file somewhere else first and then move it to that folder.

Ah, Monika! That was exactly what I was looking for:

The folder mentioned by you (which is btw. not invisible on my Mac system) is containing the whole shebang of "defined default documents" used as basic for any new document to be opened (e.g. print.ai, web.ai, mobile.ai) - and they can be edited.

So, instead of clumsily creating a "new document style" I can simple open those default documents, kill all unneeded colours, brushes etc. and now every time I create a new document (e.g. "print"), they're no longer there.

I have tested and can approve this procedure.

So thanks a lot for your kind response - although not exactly the road you wanted me to take, your hint helped me to solve my problem!

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Why not save a template file and open that? To make a template, create a new document, delete the swatches, brushes, etc. that you don't want, then go to File > Save as Template... and when you want to create a new file based on that go to File > New from Template... and navigate to that template file.

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