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Presets in mm even if I set the preferences to inches

Engaged ,
Feb 02, 2024 Feb 02, 2024

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Hi!

 

Without any document open, I go to Illustrator's preferences, and I set my general units to inches.

 

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However, every time I choose a preset, it goes back to millimeters.

 

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Is there a solution?

 

Thank you!

 

Chris.

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Feb 02, 2024 Feb 02, 2024

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Illustrator does nok like that. general units are document based. You can cange them in the New document profileas and it will carry over

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Feb 02, 2024 Feb 02, 2024

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The unit settings in Illustrator's Preferences are only used when a document is opened that has no units, like an image or a PDF.

Illustrator will use the units of a document you open (if it has units).

To use inches in new documents, set inches when creating one or use a preset that has inches as its unit setting. Preset can be made or changed by editing New Document Profiles.

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 03, 2024 Feb 03, 2024

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Hello @Syntax_One,

 

Thanks for reaching out. Would you mind trying to use Templates as suggested by Monika and Ton and checking if it helps:

Looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Thanks,

Anubhav

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Feb 03, 2024 Feb 03, 2024

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Monika and myself were not talking about templates, but about New Document Profiles.

You can do a lot with templates, but they have one big disadvantage, they are not color managed, don't contain a color profile and don't get one from your color settings.

You can customize your default settings by modifying the New Document Profile files: Print.ai (CMYK), Art & Illustration.ai (RGB), Web.ai, Film & Video.ai and Mobile.ai or creating a new one with a custom name.

These files create documents with the profiles from your color settings.

It is best to use the New Documents Profiles folder in the Mac Library Application support folder or Windows Documents and Settings.

See: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/kb/create-custom-new-document-profile.html

 

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Engaged ,
Feb 05, 2024 Feb 05, 2024

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Hi!

 

Thank you!

 

Unfortunately, there are two issues:

 

1_ Illustrator isn't located in this directory: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator <version>/<locale>.

 

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2_ My students are unable to make any modifications on the school's computers without an administrator username and password.

 

Thanks again!

 

Chris.

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Feb 05, 2024 Feb 05, 2024

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It's not the Mac HD library folder, it's the User library, i.e.:

User/Library/Application Support/Adobe... etc.

 

If you or your students cannot modify the contents of those folders, then they will be unable to create custom profiles and edit settings in this way.

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Got it! Thank you!

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