Join Kevin Stohlmeyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Illustrator templates: What they are and where to find them, part of Designing Templates with Illustrator.
- A template in Adobe Illustrator is a saved document in an .ait format that contains common design elements for consistent use. This could include artboard sizes, guides, symbols, brushes, and so on. In this course, I will walk you through creating your own Adobe Illustrator templates using common design elements. To access an existing template, simply go to the File menu and choose New From Template. This will automatically take you to the preset Illustrator templates located inside of your Adobe Illustrator application folder.
Here you can find examples of blank templates, such as a brochure, business card, labels, and so on. When creating a new document in Adobe Illustrator, you will notice there is no option to create a new document preset from the New Document window. This is different from applications like Adobe Photoshop or InDesign. Templates and preset are very similar in the fact that they save your settings, but the process is slightly different. Adobe Illustrator requires you to create the document first, then save as a template, where Photoshop and InDesign allow you to create a blank preset document right from the start.
Next, I'll walk you through the steps to create your first AI template.