Add the ability to change the default font from Myriad to an alternate default in the preferences>type menu
Why do we have to go through the complicated hassle of making custom document profiles to change the default font to something other than Myriad?
You can change the default font by modifying a default character style in a document profile, in a way described here.
After doing this once and setting all other settings, like swatches, graphic styles, symbols,, backup the file, because Ai will overwrite it the next update.
True, not the most fast way to change the defaults. Takes some time to set one up and restore. But do you change them that often?
Voted anyway :)
This has been an unresolved hassle since Illustrator 3 at least, and I don't think Adobe takes it seriously.
It is a daily hassle: no I don't want to use Myriad Pro, and I spend 2-3 mins every time I first open a file in Illustrator fixing it, only to find I have to do it again 30 mins later.
Yes there's a fix, but it doesn't stick through updates. And it's unnecessarily convoluted. If you can ask me whether to "Select Same Tint %" in the general preferences, you can ask which font should be the default. Guess which one is more useful.
Nick A commented
I agree, it is an absurdly complicated process to get rid of the plague that is Myriad Pro! In fact, just trying to get your preferred document template, with the correct default settings, to appear on the awful home screen is an unnecessarily irritating process. I expect many, if not most, Illustrator users are professionals who need to quickly set their preferred corporate font for all new documents... but Adobe makes this just about as difficult as possible.
Jane Holm commented
It would all be so much easier for all users if the change default font option was available in Preferences instead of having to do all these workarounds just to get rid of Myriad and change it to our preferred default font.
Robert Appleton commented
It's amazing to me that this ability has not been there from the beginning. Typographers don't have time to change Myriad to whatever font they need every time they open an Illustrator document. The option to choose a personal default font in preferences is a basic feature which a lot of people would appreciate.
Christopher Clinton commented
There is a solution for this, I have done it in the past: