Saving a single brush to an existing library


Is there a way to save one brush at a time to a library in Illustrator CS5?

So far as I've figured out so far, you can clear all-but-one of the brushes out of the default library, load the last version of the library you want to save to, and then save over the old library with the new brush added.

Is there some way buried I can just save a single brush to the library without jumping through those hoops? The workflow I've found is so tortured. Even clearing out brushes after having created new shapes is a pain. Each brush you click on to delete applies its stroke to the just-created shape, so you get an extra warning dialog popping up when you click to delete it. (But this stroke is applied to an existing shape! Keep the stroke? Delete it? Cancel?)

Tell me the way I've found to do this is crap and there's a much easier way I just missed!

1/25/2012 5:20:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Not specifically.. but here's a work-around.

  1. Draw a path.
  2. Apply a brush.
  3. Copy
  4. New Document
  5. Run action "Delete Unused Panel Items" (This is part of the default actions set)
  6. Run action "Delete Unused Panel Items" (Yes run it twice)
  7. Paste
  8. Save As...

You'll have only your pasted brush in the saved file.

You can speed this up by assigning an F key to the action. Simply double click the "Delete Unused Panel Items" And pick an F key. Then the procedure becomes - Copy - new File - F Key - F Key - Paste - Save

Or simply leave the new file open and toggle between windows.

  1. Copy
  2. Window toggle
  3. F Key (only need it once now)
  4. Paste
  5. Save
  6. Window toggle
  7. Apply Brush
  8. Repeat
1/26/2012 12:59:00 AM