Complete user-defined default settings
The work I do for my company has certain defaults that go beyond the layout of my workspace. I only use one font, I always need the same set of color swatches, I use the same tolerance amounts, etc. I export to PDFs the same way every time, I essentially need the same options. (And even with a template, I have to start from scratch for many of these options.)
While I can save certain usual elements in my CC Library, I waste so much time saving and opening and searching. AND even then, I still have to reset the default. - I have to open CC Library, select one of my font styles, one of my paragraph styles (hope that it will work across the board in this document), load my swatches panel, etc.
Even showing print tiling and rulers are two extra steps I do EVERY single time, regardless of if I have opened from a template.
I should be able to set default preferences program-wide to open every document (unless I choose to make those changes on an individual case) with my preferences selected. At very least, my font and color swatches if everything else is shooting for the moon.
Elaine Wilson commented
Yes. I especially want to change the default settings for a particular effect.
I already have an action set to a key command to delete all the extraneous swatches and styles and symbols that come with a new document, but I shouldn't have to!
Mike B commented
We would like a clean default document with no bloat.
No Swatches, No Brushes, No Symbols, No Graphic Styles.
When we export logo artwork as EPS, for example, having all these unused items makes the file size larger.
Cameron @ Juzvolter Design commented
Forget CC Libraries… they're rubbish.
Save yourself an Illustrator Template file, by opening a new file. Leave your art board blank but set your 'Normal Paragraph Style' to the font etc you want. Set all your swatches, symbols, graphic styles, brushes etc as desired. Even set your art board to the desired size, and maybe add regularly used guides, or layer structure.
Then save it as an Illustrator Template file (.ait) in /Applications/Adobe Illustrator 2020/Cool Extras/en_US/Templates/…
Then when you need to start a new file, select 'New from Template' in the 'File' menu, and select your template file. Illustrator opens a new file .ai based off the template file without disturbing the original. So you can't accidentally save over it.
Donatas Pabrėža commented
Please let user choose the default setting by keeping the last used setting when rebooting Ai.
Or by letting users change the default setting in the Preferences panel.
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