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Chapter 12. Symbolic Acts > Bringing in Other Symbols

Bringing in Other Symbols

The fish, bubble, flame, and other default symbols are cute, but of course they're not going to satisfy all of your design needs. Nor would Adobe leave you in the lurch that way. Of course you'll be able to add your own symbols. In this section, you'll do just that, plus find the other symbol libraries provided with Illustrator. I'll also give you a couple of tips for project managing the lot of them.

Creating Your Own Symbols

I've said that almost any element or group of elements can be a symbol. Your own specially filtered and effect-laden artwork, an imported image, a favorite text ornament or phrase, and so on—any of these can be a permanent symbol. And creating a symbol is nothing more than officially introducing any piece of artwork to the Symbols palette. There are three ways to do this.


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