I Usually use my default color swatches that illustrator automatically gave me when I first downloaded it... but now when I open new documents, those don't show up anymore.. No my settings are not on greyscale. I did however catch it on greyscale when I first encountered this problem. The color swatches have been lost ever since then. How do I get my default Illustrator color library that Illustrator first starts you off with back in my color swatches and how do I keep it there??
Do you have this problem when you create a new file? File > New... ?
This problem normally happens when you open an image file.
yes every time I create a new file or open a project from my creative cloud library. I have an iPad pro and i use sketch and draw
You can always load the default swatches using the Swatches panel menu.
Did you try to reset your preferences?
To restore preferences quickly using a keyboard shortcut
Press and hold Alt+Control+Shift (Windows) or Option+Command+Shift (macOS) as you start
Also, at the bottom of the Swatches panel is the Show Swatch Kinds menu. I had Show Pattern Swatches selected by accident and thought all my document swatches were gone, but when selecting Show All Swatches they were back!
I just had this happen to me. The default swatches no longer exist. Is there a place one can download them?
What OS and version are you using? What version of AI? Have you tried the option from the marked answer? What type of file have you opened? If a raster file it will not show any swatches.
Select them from the swatches panel.
I have been having this issue for a few months now as well. Each time I open Illustrator my swatches window is missing, and I had to open the swatches window and re-load my swatches. I think I found the solution. Within the swatches window/panel click the upper right hamburger menu to reveal the swatches options - make sure persitent is checked. Checking that appears to be holding the swatch window/panel when I close then re-open illustrator.
I see this is a really old post. Did you figure it out? I'm having the same problem and don't know what to do. I've tried everything that's been recommended here and nothing works.
I'm a AI beginner and came across the issue of missing swatches. The problem is I was opening an image file (jpg) which 'disables' the swatch library from showing up. I finally figured out this process that worked:
Hope this helps.
Or as mentioned above, select them from the swatches panel.