There must be something I'm missing. I created a handful of brand colors in one document and put them in a color group. I wanted to then use them in multiple documents.
Save swatch library: source EPS > Hamburger menu > Save Swatch Library as AI > x.ai
dest EPS > Hamburger menu > Open swatch library > user defined > x.ai >
Opens a window called x that is empty
Open current doc in swatch library: Dest eps > Hamburger > Open swatch library > Other Library > source EPS >
Global swatches Nothing - checking that box does nothing
The only swatches each document has are the standard swatches. I really don't want to have to recreate these swatches every time I start a new document, yet everything online makes it sound like moving swatches between documents, or even having a set of default swatches when you open Illustrator, is easy peasy. I must be missing something fundamental.
Work Around I made some shapes and applied the swatches to those shapes, then copied and pasted the shapes into each new document so that the swatches showed up in the swatch panel and could be applied to elements therein. I was able to get my work done, but I'm still miffed with Illustrator and want to know what I was doing wrong.