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Synchronize settings using Adobe Creative Cloud

  1. Illustrator User Guide
  2. Get to know Illustrator
    1. Introduction to Illustrator
      1. What's new in Illustrator
      2. Common questions
      3. Illustrator system requirements
      4. Illustrator for Apple silicon
    2. Workspace
      1. Workspace basics
      2. Create documents
      3. Tools
      4. Default keyboard shortcuts
      5. Customize keyboard shortcuts
      6. Artboards
      7. Customize the workspace
      8. Properties panel
      9. Set preferences
      10. Touch Workspace
      11. Microsoft Surface Dial support in Illustrator
      12. Recovery, undo, and automation
      13. Rotate view
      14. Rulers, grids, and guides
      15. Accessibility in Illustrator
      16. Safe Mode
      17. View artwork
      18. Use the Touch Bar with Illustrator
      19. Files and templates
      20. Synchronize settings using Adobe Creative Cloud
    3. Tools in Illustrator
      1. Selection
        1. Overview
        2. Selection
        3. Direct Selection
        4. Lasso
        5. Artboard
      2. Navigation
        1. Overview
        2. Zoom
        3. Rotate View
      3. Paint
        1. Overview
        2. Gradient
        3. Shape Builder
      4. Type
        1. Overview
        2. Type
        3. Type on Path
  3. Illustrator on the iPad
    1. Introduction to Illustrator on the iPad
      1. Illustrator on the iPad overview
      2. Illustrator on the iPad FAQs
      3. System requirements | Illustrator on the iPad
      4. What you can or cannot do on Illustrator on the iPad
    2. Workspace
      1. Illustrator on the iPad workspace
      2. Touch shortcuts and gestures
      3. Keyboard shortcuts for Illustrator on the iPad
      4. Manage your app settings
    3. Documents
      1. Work with documents in Illustrator on the iPad
      2. Import Photoshop and Fresco documents
    4. Select and arrange objects
      1. Create repeat objects
      2. Blend objects
    5. Drawing
      1. Draw and edit paths
      2. Draw and edit shapes
    6. Type
      1. Work with type and fonts
      2. Create text designs along a path
      3. Add your own fonts
    7. Work with images
      1. Vectorize raster images
    8. Color
      1. Apply colors and gradients
  4. Cloud documents
    1. Basics
      1. Work with Illustrator cloud documents
      2. Share and collaborate on Illustrator cloud documents
      3. Upgrade cloud storage for Adobe Illustrator
      4. Illustrator cloud documents | Common questions
    2. Troubleshooting
      1. Troubleshoot create or save issues for Illustrator cloud documents
      2. Troubleshoot Illustrator cloud documents issues
  5. Add and edit content
    1. Drawing
      1. Drawing basics
      2. Edit paths
      3. Draw pixel-perfect art
      4. Draw with the Pen, Curvature, or Pencil tool
      5. Draw simple lines and shapes
      6. Image Trace
      7. Simplify a path
      8. Define perspective grids
      9. Symbolism tools and symbol sets
      10. Adjust path segments
      11. Design a flower in 5 easy steps
      12. Perspective drawing
      13. Symbols
      14. Draw pixel-aligned paths for web workflows
    2. 3D effects and Adobe Substance materials
      1. About 3D effects in Illustrator
      2. Create 3D graphics
      3. Create 3D objects
      4. Create 3D Text
    3. Color
      1. About color
      2. Select colors
      3. Use and create swatches
      4. Adjust colors
      5. Use the Adobe Color Themes panel
      6. Color groups (harmonies)
      7. Color Themes panel
      8. Recolor your artwork
    4. Painting
      1. About painting
      2. Paint with fills and strokes
      3. Live Paint groups
      4. Gradients
      5. Brushes
      6. Transparency and blending modes
      7. Apply stroke on an object
      8. Create and edit patterns
      9. Meshes
      10. Patterns
    5. Select and arrange objects
      1. Select objects
      2. Layers
      3. Group and expand objects
      4. Move, align, and distribute objects
      5. Stack objects    
      6. Lock, hide, and delete objects
      7. Duplicate objects
      8. Rotate and reflect objects
    6. Reshape objects
      1. Crop images
      2. Transform objects
      3. Combine objects
      4. Cut, divide, and trim objects
      5. Puppet Warp
      6. Scale, shear, and distort objects
      7. Blend objects
      8. Reshape using envelopes
      9. Reshape objects with effects
      10. Build new shapes with Shaper and Shape Builder tools
      11. Work with Live Corners
      12. Enhanced reshape workflows with touch support
      13. Edit clipping masks
      14. Live shapes
      15. Create shapes using the Shape Builder tool
      16. Global editing
    7. Type
      1. Create text
      2. Fonts and typography
      3. Format type
      4. Import and export text
      5. Format paragraphs
      6. Special characters
      7. Create type on a path
      8. Character and paragraph styles
      9. Tabs
      10. Text and type
      11. Find missing fonts (Typekit workflow)
      12. Update text from Illustrator 10
      13. Arabic and Hebrew type
      14. Fonts | FAQ and troubleshooting tips
      15. Create 3D text effect
      16. Creative typography designs
      17. Scale and rotate type
      18. Line and character spacing
      19. Hyphenation and line breaks
      20. Text enhancements
      21. Spelling and language dictionaries
      22. Format Asian characters
      23. Composers for Asian scripts
      24. Create text designs with blend objects
      25. Create a text poster using Image Trace
    8. Create special effects
      1. Work with effects
      2. Graphic styles
      3. Create a drop shadow
      4. Appearance attributes
      5. Create sketches and mosaics
      6. Drop shadows, glows, and feathering
      7. Summary of effects
    9. Web graphics
      1. Best practices for creating web graphics
      2. Graphs
      3. SVG
      4. Create animations
      5. Slices and image maps
  6. Import, export, and save
    1. Import
      1. Import artwork files
      2. Import bitmap images
      3. Import artwork from Photoshop
      4. Place multiple files | Illustrator CC
      5. Unembed images
      6. Import Adobe PDF files
      7. Import EPS, DCS, and AutoCAD files
      8. Links information
    2. Creative Cloud Libraries in Illustrator 
      1. Creative Cloud Libraries in Illustrator
    3. Save
      1. Save artwork
    4. Export
      1. Use Illustrator artwork in Photoshop
      2. Export artwork
      3. Collect assets and export in batches
      4. Package files
      5. Create Adobe PDF files
      6. Extract CSS | Illustrator CC
      7. Adobe PDF options
      8. File information and metadata
  7. Printing
    1. Prepare for printing
      1. Set up documents for printing
      2. Change the page size and orientation
      3. Specify crop marks for trimming or aligning
      4. Get started with large canvas
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      1. Overprint
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      3. PostScript printing
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      5. Printer's marks and bleeds
      6. Print and save transparent artwork
      7. Trapping
      8. Print color separations
      9. Print gradients, meshes, and color blends
      10. White Overprint
  8. Automate tasks
    1. Data merge using the Variables panel
    2. Automation with scripts
    3. Automation with actions
  9. Troubleshooting 
    1. Crash issues
    2. Recover files after crash
    3. File issues
    4. GPU device driver issues
    5. Wacom device issues
    6. DLL file issues
    7. Memory issues
    8. Preferences file issues
    9. Font issues
    10. Printer issues
    11. Share crash report with Adobe

What is the Sync Settings feature?

Illustrator stores application-related settings on your local computer. The Sync Settings feature preserves a copy of these settings on Adobe Creative Cloud. If you activate Illustrator on another computer, you can choose to synchronize the settings from Creative Cloud with the newly-activated computer.


At any given time, you can activate Illustrator on two computers only.

In essence, if you are using the same Adobe ID and running Illustrator CC on two computers, you can synchronize settings between both computers to have the same working settings and environment on both computers.

Examples of settings include:


Preferences dialog settings, etc.


Swatches, brushes, symbols, etc.


PDF, Print, SWF-related settings, etc.


Positions of various palettes and interface elements in saved workspaces.

Other settings

Mojikumi, Kinsoku, or composite fonts.

What is the Sync Settings feature useful for?

The Sync Settings feature addresses two basic user scenarios:

  • Single computer. You have one computer, and would like to maintain a back-up of Illustrator's current application settings. If you replace your computer with a new computer, you can sync the settings available in Creative Cloud with the new computer.
  • Multiple computers. You have multiple computers, and need to have the same working settings on any computer you activate Illustrator on.

At any given time, you can activate Illustrator on two computers only.

What are the prerequisites?

When you synchronize Illustrator's settings, Creative Cloud is used to upload, store, or download any information. The Sync Settings feature requires:

  • An Internet connection
  • An Adobe Creative Cloud subscription or a single-app subscription

Using the Sync Settings feature

Is the Sync Settings feature automatic?

No. The Sync Settings feature is manually initiated. The feature cannot be scheduled or triggered automatically.

Synchronization of settings happens as often as you click Sync Settings Now.

Where is the Sync Settings option?

  • [Recommended] Click the icon at the lower-left corner of the Illustrator document window, and then click Sync Settings Now.
  • Click Edit (Mac: Illustrator) > {AdobeID logged in} > Sync Settings Now.
  • Click Ctrl/Cmd + K > Sync Settings tab > click Sync Settings Now. When you use this method, the latest settings are uploaded or downloaded. No changes are applied.

The recommended method to use the Sync Settings feature is to click the icon at the lower-left corner of an Illustrator document window., and then clicking Sync Settings Now.

When Illustrator is launched for the first time

When you run Illustrator for the first time on a computer on which Sync Settings has never been used, on opening a document you are asked to choose if you want to enable Sync Settings.

Sync Settings prompt on the very first launch
Sync Settings prompt at first launch. No previous Illustrator settings are available in Creative Cloud

Sync Settings prompt at first launch. Previous Illustrator settings are available in Creative Cloud
Sync Settings prompt at first launch. Previous Illustrator settings are available in Creative Cloud

  • Click Sync Settings Now, to upload/download settings with Creative Cloud for the first time.
  • Click Disable Sync Settings, to disable the feature.
  • Click Advanced, to open the Preferences dialog, where you can choose and customize what items are synchronized.

You can modify any of these setting by clicking Edit (Mac: Illustrator) > Preferences > Sync Settings tab.

Keeping Illustrator settings synchronized

  1. Click the icon at the lower-left corner of the Illustrator document window, and then click Sync Settings Now.

  2. The Sync Settings feature checks for the latest information on your computer and Creative Cloud, and provides you with one of the following dialogs.

    Choose an appropriate action for your computer.

    Sync Settings Popup Dialog

    What this means


    Two possibilities:

    • Illustrator on the computer that you are using is synchronised with Creative Cloud.
    • Settings have been uploaded / no settings are downloaded

    No action necessary.                               

    The most recent settings have been downloaded. Uploadable settings, if any, have been added to Creative Cloud.

    Click Apply Now to ensure that settings are synchronized.

    The most recent settings are different on your current computer, Creative Cloud, and the other computer that is synchronized.

    See the section on Resolving Sync Settings conflicts.

    The most recent settings have been downloaded. However, applying the settings will require Illustrator to be restarted to implement the changes.

    If you want the settings to be current, click Restart Now. However, if you must complete other tasks first, you can click Later.

  3. Depending on your action in the previous step, Illustrator and Creative Cloud are updated. However, if you make changes to any Illustrator settings or preferences, you should initiate synchronization, before you close the Illustrator. 

    Sync status from the document status bar
    Sync status from the document status bar

Managing Sync Settings

Sync Settings options in the Preferences panel
Choose whether to enable or disable Sync Settings, what to synchronize, or what to do in case of conflict.

Choosing what to sync

  1. To choose what gets synchronized, do one of the following:

    • Navigate to Edit > {AdobeID logged in} > Manage Sync Settings.
    • Navigate to Edit (Mac: Illustrator) > Preferences > Sync Settings.
  2. Select or clear the checkboxes, to choose what settings are synchronized.

Resolving Sync Settings conflicts

Synchronization conflicts occur when the system is unable to determine whether you want a setting from Creative Cloud or from your local computer to be retained, since both have been changed after the last sync operation.

Consider the following scenario. You modify Illustrator Preferences on your work computer, and synchronize the settings. Thereafter, you modify Illustrator Preferences on your home computer. You now have two sets of modified preferences - one new set in Creative Cloud (synced from your work computer), and a newer set on your home computer. If you attempt to synchronize settings now, you will be prompted to choose from which settings you want to keep.

Sync conflict prompt

  • Sync Local: Sync local settings on this computer to the cloud; overwrite the cloud version with the local version of settings.
  • Sync Cloud: Sync from the cloud to this local computer; ignore changes made to the local settings and replace them with the settings in the cloud.
  • Keep Latest File: Keep the latest settings based on the timestamp.

Enable or disable Sync Settings

  1. To choose what gets synchronized, do one of the following:

    • Navigate to Edit > {AdobeID logged in} > Manage Sync Settings.
    • Navigate to Edit (Mac: Illustrator) > Preferences > Sync Settings.
  2. In the Sync Options area, from the Sync drop-down, select an option.

Adding items to Sync Settings

Only those settings are synchronized that are loaded or used in Illustrator. If you copy a new set of swatches or brushes to installation/settings folders for Illustrator using Explorer or Finder, these assets are not synced. To ensure that such items are synchronized successfully, they must be loaded and saved in Illustrator, once.

For example, if you want to synchronize a new Brush Library, select the brushes from the Brushes panel, save them as a Brush Library from the fly-out menu at the default location.

Items synchronized using the Sync Settings feature

A list of the items synchronized using the Sync Settings feature:


# Type of Asset
*Restart Required
1 Library Graphic Styles
2 Library
Swatches No
3 Library Brushes No
4 Library Symbols No
5 Presets Transparency Flattener No
6 Presets Print No
7 Presets PDF No
8 Presets SWF No
9 Presets Perspective Grid
10 Presets Image Trace No
11 Presets Color Settings Yes
12 Presets Variable Width Profiles No
13 Workspaces   Yes
14 Keyboard Shortcuts**
15 Preferences Preferences Dialog Yes
16 Preferences Document Profiles No
17 Preferences User Dictionaries Yes
18 Asian Settings Mojikumi No
19 Asian Settings Kinsoku No
20 Asian Settings Composite fonts Yes

*Restart Required indicates that if the settings you are downloading contains such an asset, you must restart Illustrator to apply the downloaded setting.

**Keyboard shortcuts are synchronized for the same platform only, and not between Windows and Mac platforms. Many Windows and Mac keyboard shortcuts are different.

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