How to install Illustrator Swatches and Patterns


Illustrator swatch and pattern libraries are saved as .ai files.

Our Illustrator swatch libraries are usually found in your download package in a folder named 'Install These Files' and contain 'swatch-library' in the file name.

To install do the following:

  1. Open the Swatches Panel (Window > Swatches).
  2. Click the Brush Libraries Menu in the bottom left of the Panel (the bookshelf icon).
  3. Locate the Swatch Library .ai file.
  4. Click Open to install.





The brushes will appear in their own Swatches Panel (not the main Swatches Palette).
To view your swatches by name, choose 'List View' from the fly-out menu.  



To avoid re-loading your brushes each time you restart Illustrator, choose 'Persistent' from the fly-out menu.



CAUTION! This may cause sluggish performance on startup particularly for very detailed texture brushes. Proceed with caution if choosing this option. 


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