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Screencast: How to Customize Your Default Illustrator Brush Settings

Customizing your default Illustrator brush settings can save you loads of time. How many times have you opened your brush palette in Illustrator only to see the same tired, old, default, Illustrator brushes that you have probably never used? If you are like most, probably a lot. The default Illustrator brushes that you see are there as examples, not really for professional use. In fact, Adobe actually wants you to customize them; even though instructions on how to do so are often vague and hard to find.

In this 5 minute video tutorial I will demonstrate how to customize your default Illustrator brush palette to only display the brushes that you actually use. In addition, I will show you how to make custom Illustrator brush sets, like the ones available on this site persistent; to display at startup every time you open Illustrator.

Editor’s note: make sure you back up your default brushes before you make any changes just in case you decide you need them in the future.

Video Tutorial

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Special Thanks

Thanks to @KyleSteed for requesting this tutorial. If you have a question you want answered, feel free to submit your questions.

Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.

  • Ashley

    Awesome tutorial! Never really tried to customize the default settings before and the video you produced really helps with learning how to. Thanks for putting in the detailed effort. -Ashley

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  • Dumm

    cool tutorial. i will try yhis. thanks

  • Waasys

    very useful tutorial, I hated this thing, but I had no idea if I can change it or how to do that, thank you.
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  • tc

    this is very useful. how do you do that with CS4 in Windows? I tried to find similar folders and files, but no luck.