How to change the default font in Adobe Illustrator (and more!)

To change the default font in Illustrator from Myriad to something else you prefer is fairly easy, although not nearly as straightforward as it should be. All you need to do is locate the following folder buried inside your home directory:

Adobe Illustrator template defaults

Users > *username* > Library > Application Support > Adobe > Adobe Illustrator CSX > en_US >

These are the base template files that are loaded each time you start a new Illustrator document. You'll need to change the ones you use most often. If you're like me and *luckily* have no clue what things like *Flash Catalyst* even are, then you can leave those alone.

Most of the time I just start with the Print template and occasionally the Video and Film one.

Open up Basic (or whatever template you want/use)

Go to Window > Type > Character Styles

You'll get this window, double click on *Normal Character Style*

Now under *Basic Character Formats* you can set your new preferred default typeface.

Save and Close this template.

Now, try launching a new document using the Basic RGB template (or whatever one you've just changed) and the default font should reflect your changes.

Another thing I found this useful for was tweaking the Video and Film template. I usually avoid using it because the transparency grid and those rulers/guides it has on by default I would just turn off. You can tweak these templates to your hearts content, so for starters I just turned off the transparency grid and made some changes to the guides to better suit my taste.


How to Zip & UnZip files on your FTP server (Using SSH & Transmit)

Occasionally I've run into the need to either Zip or Unzip a file once it's up on my FTP server. I was pretty sure this was possible but I'd never bothered to figure it out until recently. You might not ever find yourself having a need for this, but if you deal with the occasional client who doesn't really understand compression, you might find yourself pulling off a few 30GB+ folders from time to time. Basically it's fairly straightforward (if you're using Transmit, but let's be honest - what else would you even be considering?). Step 1 was to enable SSH access on your web server/FTP. Over at Bluehost, all this took was 2 minutes with a quick message to their online support chat, they enable it on their end for your account. Next, you need to be logged in to *SFTP* as opposed to basic FTP.

Step 3 is to zip/unzip to your hearts content. With your file selected, go to the File menu and at the bottom you should see *'Send SSH Command'*. The lovely developers at Panic have included the ability to send the zip commands automatically for the programmatically challenged. Just click the gear icon and pick your poison, no typing required. Then just let it work its magic, and in a matter of minutes or seconds depending on what you're doing you'll be all set.

So to recap:

1. Enable SSH 2. Use Transmit, login via SFTP 3. File > Send SSH Command > Zip/Unzip

Hope that helps anyone looking for how to do this.