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Chapter 9. Working with Symbols > Updating a symbol

Updating a symbol

Perhaps 1 pt blades of grass are too small. In this next section, you will edit the blades of grass once, and all instances will be updated.

1.
To reactivate a symbol as an art object, click on the Place Symbol Instance button at the bottom of the Symbols palette. This will place the symbol one time in the middle of your page.

Click the Place Symbol Instance button to edit the symbol.

2.
Using the Selection tool (), move the blades of grass that you just placed to a location that will let you view it away from other artwork.

3.
Choose Object > Expand to put the artwork back into an editable mode. Leave the options of the Expand window at the defaults, and click OK.

Expand puts the grass symbol back into an editable mode.

4.
While the grass is selected, choose 2 pt from the Stroke weight drop-down menu in the Control palette.

5.
Choose File > Save.

Now you will update all instances of the grass symbol with the new art.

6.
Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS), and drag the edited blades of grass on top of the original grass symbol in the Symbols palette. Release when you see a black border appear around the grass symbol.

Replace the original symbol with the new one by Alt/Option dragging it on top of the original symbol.

The symbol instances are now using the thicker blades of grass.

7.
Edit > Clear the grass image used to create the symbol.

8.
Choose File > Save this artwork.


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