Symbols have always been a powerful tool in Illustrator. With symbols, you can easily create elements that repeat throughout your artwork and most importantly, update them with the click of a button. The 2015 release of Adobe Illustrator CC adds new life to symbols by allowing users to modify elements of a symbol instance while still retaining the link to the original Symbol. Creating a Symbol Symbols can be created from virtually any piece of artwork including embedded images. To create a symbol, select the artwork that you’d like to turn into a symbol and either drag the artwork into the symbols panel, or click on the New Symbol button at the bottom of the Symbols panel. You’ll be presented with the Symbol Options dialog box which provides you with options for defining your symbol. Start by giving your symbol a name. The export type isn’t important unless you’re going to import this symbol into Flash in the future. The symbol type however, is very important. If you want to take advantage of dynamic symbols, make sure you enable the Dynamic Symbol radio button and click OK. Immediately, a symbol will be added to the Symbols panel and the original [...]
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