The default font in Adobe Illustrator is Myriad Pro for CS3, CS4 and Myriad for CS2. The default font is selected in the Font menu, Character palette, and as the Normal Character Style in the Character Styles palette. The default font is selected even if the document you open doesn't contain that font or if you last used another font before quitting Illustrator. You can change the default font in Illustrator CS3 and CS4 by editing the default template files, or in CS2 by editing the Startup Files.

To change the default font in Illustrator, you must create a custom startup file by editing the Normal Character Style in the Illustrator startup files for CS2, or the default template files in CS3 or in CS4.

To change the default font for Illustrator CS3

  1. Choose File > Open and go to Documents and Settings/User/Application Data/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS3 Settings/New Document Profiles (Windows) or to Users/User/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS3/New Document Profiles (Mac OS).
  2. Open one of the default document profile template files (Basic CMYK, Basic RGB, Mobile and Devices, Print, Video and Film, or Web, depending on which type of document you intend to use).
  3. Choose Window > Type > Character Styles.
  4. Select the Normal Character Style and choose Character Style Options from the palette menu.
  5. Select Basic Character Formats and choose the desired font from the Font Family menu.
  6. Click OK, and then choose File > Save and close the file.
  7. Choose File > New and select the desired default document profile.

To change the default font for Illustrator CS4

  1. Choose File > Open and go to Documents and Settings/User/Application Data/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS4 Settings/New Document Profiles (Windows) or to Users/User/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS4/New Document Profiles (Mac OS).
  2. Open one of the default document profile template files (Basic CMYK, Basic RGB, Mobile and Devices, Print, Video and Film, or Web, depending on which type of document you intend to use).
  3. Choose Window > Type > Character Styles.
  4. Select the Normal Character Style and choose Character Style Options from the palette menu.
  5. Select Basic Character Formats and choose the desired font from the Font Family menu.
  6. Click OK, and then choose File > Save and close the file.
  7. Choose File > New and select the desired default document profile.

To change the default font for Illustrator CS2

  1. Quit Illustrator.
  2. In the Adobe Illustrator CS2 Plug-ins folder, copy the current default startup file--Adobe Illustrator Startup_CMYK or Adobe Illustrator Startup_RGB--and save it with a different name. (This creates a copy of the original startup file in case you need it again.)
  3. Open one of the default startup files (Adobe Illustrator Startup_CMYK or Adobe Illustrator Startup_RGB, depending on which type of document you intend to use).
  4. Choose Window > Type > Character Styles.
  5. Select the Normal Character Style and choose Character Style Options from the palette menu.
  6. Select Basic Character Formats and choose the desired font from the Font Family menu.
  7. Click OK, and save the new file as Adobe Illustrator Startup _CMYK or Adobe Illustrator Startup_RGB in the Plug-ins folder.
  8. Restart Illustrator.

 

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