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Now That’s Shapely

It’s a common thing to select some artwork and press F8 to convert it to a symbol, but did you know that you also can convert a symbol instance back into a shape? Select any group or symbol instance on the Stage and press CTRL-B to execute the Break Apart command. This will essentially break the object apart, leaving behind only what was inside of it. So if you had a symbol instance of a circle that was just a shape, then you’d convert that instance back into the shape.

This can be tricky, though. For instance, if you have an object with many other objects inside of it, and you break it apart, you’ll end up with all those objects on your Stage. To make sure that you break it completely into shapes, you can simply press CTRL-B over and over until you see that only shapes remain.

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