How to load the illustrator cc default brushes into brush panel?

Graphic Design Asked by ELIZABETH HALE on January 6, 2022

I need to reset the brush panel into the default brushes only i have deleted all unused from a blank illustrator doc. but now have nothing but Basic, and Touch Calligraphic Brush showing. I can’t find the default brushes. Is there a library with just those initial brushes.This sounds weird but its for teaching beginner Illustrator class-need to demo and need to start with what they have…
Any advice?

One Answer

  • Choose Open Brush Library.. from the Brush Panel menu
  • Navigate to any Illustrator file which contains the default brushes (or any brushes you wish to load) and open that file
  • The brushes will load

If you don't know where a file is that may contain the default brushes, simply create a New Document and then save it.... then use that new file to load brushes. It will have the default brushes.

It is kind of odd that there's no "reset" option for libraries in Illustrator, but there really never has been that option.

This trick works with any AI library - brushes, swatches, symbols, graphic styles, etc.

Answered by Scott on January 6, 2022

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