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Pattern Swatches Have Disappeared after Update

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Nov 07, 2021 Nov 07, 2021

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I am a pattern designer and rely heavily on being able to apply the patterns I've created to shapes using the swatches menu. I recently updated to the latest version of Illustrator. Since then, I've noticed that patterns I've created & saved in Illustrator are no longer present/accessible in the swatches menu of a given file (and neither are the colour swatches I've saved, for that matter). This means I can no longer draw a shape and fill it with a pattern I had created. Any suggestions on how to restore these swatches without having to re-design hundreds of patterns? Thanks in advance for any help you can provide! 🙂

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Any AI file can be used as a library. Just open an older file that still has the patterns you need and copy paste from there.

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To add to what Larry said, any Illustrator file that has swatches can be opened as a swatch library from the Swatches panel.

More about swatches:

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/using-creating-swatches.html

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