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Using Symbols

One of the most powerful features added to Illustrator over the years is symbols. A symbol is a saved set of objects that can be referenced within a document. That probably sounds vague, so I'll give you an example. Say you create a company logo, which is made up of several objects. You can define that completed logo as a symbol, which you can then reuse as many times as your heart desires within your document. Each instance of the symbol is a reference or alias of the original art that you defined. If you ever update or modify the symbol, all the instances automatically update as well.

Did you Know?

Illustrator also uses symbols for the artwork mapping 3D feature, which is covered later in this chapter.



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