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Instances

Symbols reside in the Library. Any time you place a symbol on the Stage, you are actually placing an instance of the symbol, not the symbol itself. This is an important distinction. Changing the original symbol within the Library changes the archetype and every instance of that symbol. However, instances are independent of their original symbols. You can edit an instance without changing the symbol itself or affecting any other instances of the same symbol.

To edit an instance, simply select it and make changes. If you select an instance and use the Transform tool to scale it, you change the dimensions of that instance only. To change the dimensions of the symbol itself, you would need to edit the symbol using one of the methods outlined previously in this chapter.


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