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)
The 20x12 just means you never need to worry if Adobe (or any program you’re using with the ) decides to change the default dpi. If you’re willing to track that then the art board size isn’t necessary. For many of us it’s far easier to stick with that size then worry about tracking dpi updates
My template is 12 by 20 because that’s material size, it also includes a base layer with a rectangle boundary set to the max cutting size, which I use as a placement component when importing to the Glowforge UI. I arrange all of my parts before uploading, the rectangle ensures that all of the parts are within the usable range and that material usage has been optimized. Once the file is uploaded the rectangle is ignored and the file is processed.
When I “new from template” I don’t get that black screen, instead I get a normal open dialog box that goes to the default templates folder and my GF template is the first one so it’s been pretty easy (I’m on a pc, keyboard shortcut ctrl +shift+n)
Does anyone know for sure that this 20x12 magic size does anything? It very well seems it could, however, I found as long as I don’t check [ ] Responsive, when exporting my SVGs, that Illustrator includes the precise size in the SVG and GFUI respects that, and thus DPI doesn’t matter.
Yea, that’s what happens for me too. But, if for example I open Illustrator from a cold start, and I click “Create new” or some such thing, I get that black screen. It’s related to the cloud portions of Adobe CC I think.
I figure with a bit more fiddling I could get it where I want, but for now I just have my template on my dock so I click that for a cold start instead of just running Illustrator.
It does though…not sure how it works, but it’s a workaround that was designed by Tony before he left that takes into account the various export dpi’s from different design software (including some of the more obscure ones that very few people use.)
(Actually, it’s the ratio that does it at 5 to 3, but it’s generally easier to just remember to tell everyone to design on a 20" x 12" artboard, since really tight edges on the artboards can cause other loading errors sometimes.)
They did eventually allow for other size ratios, but that one is the “always works” fallback position.
I messed with this a bit and mostly found that the way I export from Illustrator does not include any information about the artboard size. So I’m either “safe” from this optimization, or I miss out of it
I actually rather not rely on these kind of magic numbers, as they seem like hacks to deal with some of the difficulty around consistent export from various software.
I suspect if you “Save as…” in Illustrator, or possibly use the “Export for screens” options, then your artboard may be taken into account, and you may benefit from this.
I continue to learn about Illustrator and GFUI’s peculiarities