Illustrators standard colour swatches has vanished in "rogue" pdf document


Apologies for the term "rogue" document, by that I mean a pdf file that has been downloaded (not created by myself first), then opened in Illustrator.

The problem I'm getting is that when I try to open up the colour swatches from the top left, I get nothing but none or registration black as fill choices:

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Is there a way to load my standard pallet back in this document or have certain setting disabled this?

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7/29/2014 10:18:00 AM

Accepted Answer

At least most of the default swatches are in the swatch libraries. Select the options in the top right of the swatches panel, and choose Open Swatch Library > Default Swatches > Basic RGB. There's other sets in there, choose the ones you think fit best.

Swatches are stored within the document. If a document doesn't have any swatches (to save disk space, for example), Illustrator won't display any. If you want access to your default swatches all the time, open them up as a separate panel and dock that somewhere in your workspace.

7/29/2014 10:30:00 AM