This Adobe Illustrator How To guide presents an illustrated tutorial for Illustrator users. Rather than copying and pasting artwork repeatedly throughout a layout or multiple layouts, Illustrator users can store objects as symbols for easy reuse. Computer Parts Greenville presents these Adobe tutorials as a free service to the community.
Create a sample object
To get started with this tutorial, open Adobe Illustrator CS5. Those who do not have the program installed can download a trial version from the Adobe website.
Create a new document by clicking File on the main menu and then New.
Draw an object. Seriously, what you draw here doesn’t matter because this is a demonstration.
Converting an Illustration into a Symbol
To convert an illustration into an Adobe Illustrator symbol, open the Symbol panel from the Window option on the Main menu.
Now, select the artwork that you want to convert to a symbol and then drag it to the Symbol window using the Selection Tool.
Now, complete the information for Illustrator symbols in the New Symbol dialog as shown below.
Now, your new symbol is in the Symbol Window. You can use it when you need it.
Be sure to save your symbol by clicking on the flyout menu at the top right corner of the Symbol window. Choose the Save Symbol Library option. When you save your symbols, you can open them in any Illustrator document.
Using Symbols for Illustrator
The last part of this Adobe Illustrator How To tutorial shows you how to use Symbols.
All you have to do is drag your symbol to the canvass and you’re done. You can transform your symbol just like you can a shape. If you need to edit your symbol, you can click the Break Link to Symbol option in the right-click context menu.