Load and Save Custom Swatches in Adobe Illustrator CS6

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    To begin, you should open Illustrator either from the desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner of your screen and clicking the Windows icon
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    This will reveal a list of your recently used programs, where you may find Illustrator. It has a brown-and-orange icon with the letters "Ai".
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    If you still can't see Adobe Illustrator, use your search bar along the bottom of the Start menu to begin typing "Adobe Illustrator"
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    Click "Adobe Illustrator CS6" to open it
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    It will immediately start loading and take us directly to the workspace.
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    From the workspace, click "File" in the top left-hand corner of the window
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    Click "New" in the drop-down menu that appears
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    Alternatively, press the shortcut "Ctrl"+"N" on the keyboard. You can also open an existing document. A new window will appear in which you can specify how you want your document to look. For an explanation of these options, please view our other Adobe Illustrator tutorials.
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    For this tutorial, we simply click "OK"
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    Make sure there is the "Swatches" panel on the right-hand side of your window
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    The swatch icon looks like a grid.
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    If you do not see this panel, click "Window" in the menu at the top of your screen
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    Then, make sure "Swatches" is checked
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    Click "Swatches" and the "Swatch Libraries" icon at the bottom-left corner of the "Swatches" window
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    From the drop-down menu that appears, you can select a customized swatch that you have created or one from Illustrator
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    If you want to save a swatch library, click the drop-down menu in the corner of the "Swatches" window
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    Then, click the "Save Swatch Library in ASE..." option at the bottom of the drop-down menu
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    Alternatively, click "Save Swatch Library in AI"
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    ASE is specific to swatch libraries, and AI is probably much easier. Clicking one of these options sends you to a directory of swatches.
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    You can save your custom swatch with a name of your choice
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    For this tutorial, we will use the name "My Custom Swatch". Click "Save" when you have finished.
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    You can then click the "Swatch Libraries" icon in the swatch window to go back
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    Your saved library should appear under "User Defined" near the bottom of the drop-down menu.
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    When you click your new swatch library, a new dialogue box will appear that you can move and use
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