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Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: How to Create a Template Document with Default Path Settings

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tips / Techniques/ Comments: 0

If you already have some experience working in Adobe Illustrator, then you probably already have some settings that are often used in daily work. It may be colors, symbols, sets of brushes, graphic styles and path settings. There is no need to add all these resources to each document; you can simply create a template with all the necessary settings and graphics. In this article we will discuss how to do this and look at some of the interesting properties of the Appearance panel. Let’s reduce your design preparatory process down to the minimum…

Now let’s talk about the things that are little-known but nonetheless important enough. When you open a new document, you will fill with white and apply black strokes. Besides, Path Settings will always be the same. This is the Default Graphic Style of any document.

To change the Default Graphic Style, create a path with the necessary parameters, such as fill and stroke color, thickness, cap type, profile type, etc. Then drag it over the Default Graphic Style icon in the Graphic Style panel, holding Opt/ Alt.

Now, let’s talk about the important property of the Appearance palette. There is a "New Art Has Basic Appearance” item in the fly-out menu of this panel. To apply only a single fill and stroke to new objects, choose "New Art Has Basic Appearance”. To apply all of the current appearance attributes to new objects, deselect "New Art Has Basic Appearance from the panel menu”.

In the pictures below you can see current appearance attributes and a two new paths, each created when ticking or unticking the "New Art Has Basic Appearance” option.

How to use it in practice? If you need to create a new object with the properties of an already existing object, deselect the "New Art Has Basic Appearance” in the menu of the panel, then first select the object with the desired properties. Now create a new object and the properties should carry over. This trick will save you a lot of time.


You can read full version this vector tutorial on Asturegraphics Blog


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