I use Adobe Illustrator CC when designing for the Glowforge, and today I wanted to get my default Illustrator setup better.
- Glowforge colors (in palette order) easily available
- Default artboard size is the maximum printable area of the GF
- All of the above easily available when creating a new file
TL;DR I created a Illustrator Template which sets up my color swatches and artboard size nicely, however it’s not quite as easy as I’d like to create a new file.
For those who want to use it, download this template:
Glowforge.ait.zip (157.7 KB)
On the Mac, copy it into:
/Applications/Adobe\ Illustrator\ 2021/Cool\ Extras.localized/en_US/Templates/
(it doesn’t have to be here, but I think this is the “correct” place for templates)
You might also want to put a link to this file on your dock or Desktop, or somewhere easily accessible for quick starts.
Then when I create a new document, I select “New from Template…” (Command-Shift-N)
And now my new documents start just how I want them.
The piece I couldn’t figure out, is I wish this template would show up on the normal “New file” dialog:
I poked around for a while trying to get it in here with no success. Let me know if any Illustrator experts know the secret magic
PS… Special thanks to this thread, that talks about the color palette ordering, and where I got my Glowforge swatch from:
PPS… thanks to this video by Chris Masto, who also has some good tips for setting up Illustrator for Glowforge’n: