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1. Getting Started > 1.3. Creating Reusable Graphics

Creating Reusable Graphics

You may often need to use a graphic several times in one movie, whether it’s a box, logo, or character. To avoid adding substantial file size to the finished project as a result, we use symbols. See the earlier “Symbols” sidebar for the scoop on symbols and their benefits.

Creating Symbols

Let’s create a reusable box symbol that we can use in our designs. To create the symbol:

  1. Create a new, blank document using File New. Activate the Rectangle tool in the Tools panel and, using the Properties panel, set the stroke weight to 1, the stroke color to dark gray, and the fill color to light

  2. Before drawing anything, double-click on the Rectangle tool icon in t he Tools panel. This opens the Rectangle Settings dialog box. (I f you click and hold on the Rectangle icon, it lets you choose between the Rectangle and PolyStar tools, so be sure to double-click.)


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