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Chapter 16. Customizing Illustrator > Creating Illustrator Startup Files

Creating Illustrator Startup Files

Everything in a new Illustrator document, from the size of the artboard to the contents of the Swatches palette, is determined by the startup file. The default startup files are designed to fulfill most of the needs of most Illustrator users, but they rarely fulfill all the needs of any individual user. There is one for CMYK documents and a separate startup file for RGB documents.

Creating your own custom startup files is a relatively simple and painless process, as long as you understand that the file must have exactly the same name as the original to function. The sidebar “Changing Illustrator’s Startup File” has step-by-step instructions.


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