The brushes, graphic styles, swatches, and symbols that come in Vector Mill Crates are great for a range of projects. If you find yourself continuously using one set of elements or a number of sets, it's a good idea to save them as an Illustrator library. It pretty easy, and it will speed up your workflow in Illustrator.

Saving Libraries Within Illustrator

In this example, I'm using the Bamboo Pen Art Brushes that come in the February 2011 crate. From the Brushes panel, click the Brushes Libraries Menu at the bottom left of the panel, and choose Save Brushes. Illustrator will save the Brushes to the default Adobe Illustrator > Brushes folder. You can change where you save them, but I suggest keeping all your Brushes (or graphic styles or swatches) in the default folder Illustrator chooses. Making it easier to open them! The same steps are necessary for graphic styles, swatches, and symbols in their respective Illustrator panels.

Saving Libraries

Saving Libraries To Folder

You can also save the brushes, graphic styles, swatches, and symbols libraries by filing them in certain folders on your machine.

  • Windows XP - Documents and Settings/User/Application Data/Adobe/Adobe IllustratorCS5 Settings/Brush (pick library associated with your file e.g. files with pattern swatches will go in the Swatches folder)
  • Windows Vista/Windows 7 - User/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS5 Settings/Brush (pick library associated with your file e.g. files with pattern swatches will go in the Swatches folder)
  • Mac OS - User/ Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS5/en_US(or the language your Illustrator is running on)/Brushes (pick library associated with your file e.g. files with pattern swatches will go in the Swatches folder)

Opening Libraries

To open a library, click the Brushes Library Menu at the bottom left of the panel, hover over User Defined and select your saved brushes. Do the same for the other panels. Pretty easy!

Opening Libraries