save custom brush to CC library

Explorer ,
Jul 16, 2020 Jul 16, 2020

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Win 10, latest version of Illustrator.

 

I can't seem to save a custom brush to my CC libraries.

 

1. Can it be done?

2. How to do it?

 

Thanks,

 

Phil

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Adobe Community Professional , Jul 16, 2020 Jul 16, 2020
No, you cannot save an Illustrator brush to a CC library. But you can work around it by creating an object with your brush applied (or multiple objects with different brushes) and drag them to the CC library. When you want to use them in another document, Alt - Drag them from the library onto the artboard. You can delete the dragged objects because the brushes are now added to the brushes panel.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 16, 2020 Jul 16, 2020

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No, you cannot save an Illustrator brush to a CC library.

But you can work around it by creating an object with your brush applied (or multiple objects with different brushes) and drag them to the CC library.

When you want to use them in another document, Alt - Drag them from the library onto the artboard.

You can delete the dragged objects because the brushes are now added to the brushes panel.

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Explorer ,
Jul 17, 2020 Jul 17, 2020

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Thanks for the assistance.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 17, 2020 Jul 17, 2020

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Good to hear that helped.

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Participant ,
Jul 05, 2021 Jul 05, 2021

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Ton's response dated Jul 16, 2020 says you can't add brushes.

Adobe's website dated Oct 11, 2019 makes it sound like you can add brushes.

If the website is wrong... it needs to be fixed so that customers stop wasting time trying to do this 😉

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 05, 2021 Jul 05, 2021

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You are right, nothing has changed with regards to adding brushes from Illustrator.

I'll try to find someone to get this help file fixed.

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Jul 05, 2021 Jul 05, 2021

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Thanks for verifying I'm not going crazy 😉 I love my Creative Cloud Libraries and use them daily across apps so if it's possible... I'd be thrilled to see the ability to add Illustrator brushes someday.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 05, 2021 Jul 05, 2021

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There are workarounds:

Global colors, gradients, brushes and pattern swatches are not supported in CC libraries.

But as a workaround you can drag an object using a brush/pattern/gradient/global color to the CC Library 

You can also drag multiple items using different brushes/patterns/gradients/global colors together into a CC library to simulate a library.

The easiest way to add them to a new document is to hold down the Alt key when you drag them from the library and place them in a new document. The patterns/gradients/global colors automatically get added to your swatches panel.

You can hit escape before you click to place the object(s) or delete the dragged library items because the swatches and brushes are now part of the document.

Symbols work differently, click once with the Symbol Sprayer Tool to create a Symbol Set and drag that to the CC Library.

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New Here ,
Apr 05, 2022 Apr 05, 2022

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Can I ask what the Alt clicking actually stands for?

Also, I used to use symbols to store various garment sketches, etc. When would you use symbols vs libraries?

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 06, 2022 Apr 06, 2022

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Alt dragging from a CC Library adds the editable object to the document. Without the Alt key you would add a link to the CC Library item.

You can also use Symbols in a CC Library.

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New Here ,
Apr 06, 2022 Apr 06, 2022

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Thank you so much

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New Here ,
Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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hmmmm hours of mucking around trying to add custom brush to library when it says i can!!!!!!!!!!!  its now 2022 - TIME THIS GOT FIXED, CORRECT??????????????

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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Looks like your shift key is stuck.

 

If you want something changed in Illustrator, please post bugs & feature requests to http://illustrator.uservoice.com

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New Here ,
May 03, 2022 May 03, 2022

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Hi, I found a simple and primitive solution to this:

1) I create a new brush that I will need for several illustrations, for example Callographic Oval 2 pts.

2) I create a new documen and scribble a few things with that brush.

3) I save it on my desktop as "CALL OVAL 2" 

4) For each new illustration I open the "CALL OVAL 2", and "save it as" (name of the new illustration).

 

Hilariously simple when you think of all the complexities of Illustrator!

I hope this helps!

Anne-Marie

 

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