Default Swatches and Styles as part of New Document Dialog
The first thing I do every time I create a new document is delete all those default swatches and add my own. And those pattern swatches (e.g., "Jive," "Golden Ring," "Alyssa"), I am literally never going to use those.
And those quirky Graphic styles ("Jive_GS" etc). I am literally never going to use those either.
Ideally, I'd like to load up a document with its swatches, paragraph styles, graphic styles etc as part of the "new document" dialog. I can choose artboard size, bleed, margins, all kinds of things.
How about if I could pick swatch groups, paragraph styles, graphic styles, etc from CC libraries as part of the new document dialog?
It's a small thing, but after year after year of deleting the 500 swatches that I will never use - and then adding the six that I need with literally every document I create - seems there could be a smarter way to get started. Know what I mean, Steve McQueen?
Mark, I know how you feel exactly, and the topic is very common.
But Illustrator actually offers some legal ways to workaround these.
Open the New Document dialog and scroll down the right column.
Press More Settings button (is actually open the 'legacy' File New dialog).
In this dialog open up the Profile dropdown. Press Browse at the very bottom.
This will open the Select File dialog. What interest us is the actual folder Illustrator uses to store these document profiles.
These are universal templates that contains all the garbage swatches, styles, symbols, etc, — and you can modify these to delete the fluff and add your own presets.
So — grab the file path. On windows it’s something like this:
C:\Users\[USER]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator 27 Settings\[LOCALE]\x64\New Document Profiles
Close all the dialogs (I merely wanted to show you the long way to discover these).
Open the folder in the explorer.
Open Print.ai or Web.ai
Delete all the presets you don’t want to keep (Illustrator has a default action to delete all unused presets — )
Add those you need to use.
You probably won’t be able to save these files directly into this folder, so save them as copies (and backup! — Illustrator has a stupide habit of updating these every major update!) and then paste them over the original ones.
You can also add your own profiles, but it’s hard to pick then using the modern New Document dialog.
Done — all new files will now use presets you added into document profiles.
So actually you request is already completed, it’s just it’s now exactly easy to discover.
Same instructions one the Help site: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/kb/create-custom-new-document-profile.html
Please reply back if it works for you.