I would like to keep the patterns I have created in Illustrator CS6 in a handy file. Currently, I just make an object, apply the pattern, and copy/paste the object to transfer the pattern to a different file, but would like to save all of the patterns so that I can just load them all at once. Is the Save Swatch Library as ASE the best way to do this? I want to be sure I can share these patterns with others.
You can't save pattern swatches in ase format:
The best way to to this is to have an Illustrator file that you can simply paste a new pattern-filled shape to then save.
You can then share that .ai file and load it as an "Other Library" to import all the pattern swatches.
Thank you @scott, I was afraid there was not an easy way!– DouglasMar 27, 2014 at 13:27
It actually is pretty easy. Create a new file and delete all swatches from it (symbols and graphic styles too to keep size down). Then save the file. if you set up a shortcut to this (pattern) file. Simply open, paste, save. Then when you need the patterns, load the file as a Library, same as you would for .ase files.– ScottMar 27, 2014 at 13:28
The quickest/easiest way to do this in Mac OS X and Windows is simply;
- Open the file with the original desired pattern you want to use
- Be sure the "Brushes" palette window is displayed
- Open a new/existing file you want to use said pattern
- From the original file, click and drag the desired pattern, form the brushes palette, to the tab of the new file
- Let the mouse hover for a moment and your pattern will appear in your new document