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Chapter 9. Working with Symbols > Creating a symbol

Creating a symbol

A symbol is an art object that you store in the Symbols palette, and can be reused over and over again. For example, if you create a symbol from an object in the shape of a blade of grass, you can then add instances of that grass multiple times to your artwork by spraying it on using the Symbol Sprayer tool. The grass instance is linked to the symbol in the palette and can be altered using symbolism tools or edited and replaced; all instances of the symbol linked to that original symbol are also updated. You can turn that grass from brown to green instantly! Symbols save time and greatly reduce file size.

Illustrator objects that can be used are these; paths, compound paths, text, raster images, mesh objects, and groups of objects. Symbols can even include active objects, such as brush strokes, blends, effects, or other symbol instances in a symbol.


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