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Is there any way to fully import a saved colour palette into Illustrator? I once saved a colour palette from one project and wanted to import the colours for use in another project, but I found that the imported colour palette was separate from the second project.

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For which platform? The answer is going to be different on each. – Philip Regan Feb 8 '11 at 15:48
Am I right in thinking you've saved the palette out to a known location and now want to merge it into the document's palette? – e100 Feb 8 '11 at 19:09
Are you wanting to automatically import your custom color swatch into every new document, or manually import into one document? – JamesHenare Feb 9 '11 at 11:40
@Philip I'm on Mac. – JFW Feb 11 '11 at 15:23
@Jaips Manually import into one document. Basically, I want the new colour swatches that I've saved into the colour swatch file acting as a native colour swatch like before in the previous document. – JFW Feb 11 '11 at 15:23
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On Mac OS X, Illustrator maintains these types of files in a couple different locations:

  • ~/Users/philipr/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS4/en_US/Swatches/
  • ~/Applications/Adobe Illustrator CS4/Presets.localized/en_US/Swatches/

There are all sorts of items you have pre-loaded into Adobe apps from within those folders.

I don't work in Windows, but I would imagine the locations would be the equivalnts of the user settings and the application presets folders.

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