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In Fireworks CS5 Essential Training, author Jim Babbage gives a detailed overview of Fireworks CS5, Adobe's software for creating and optimizing web graphics and interactive prototypes. This course includes a detailed tour of the interface, the enhanced PNG format, and the image editing toolset in Fireworks. Critical concepts, such as prototyping for HTML applications and working with symbols, the heart of an efficient workflow in Fireworks, are covered in detail. Exercise files are included with this course.
One of the great things about symbols is that you can edit just the symbol and change all the instances at the same time. But sometimes you might want to change just one instance of the symbol on the canvas. As we've seen it in previous lessons, you can do some things like scaling and changing color, adding live filters, but if you want to make the symbol look a little bit different in terms of its structure, we need to do something else. We need to break the link between the symbol and the instance. Onscreen here, I've got a little tiny shape here that I want to add to one of my snowflakes. Now if I go into my symbol and add that little piece of vector to all the points of my snowflake, every single snowflake is going to get that treatment.
I want to have a different snowflake. So I'm going to select one of these guys, just this one right here is fine. All I'm going to do is right-click or Ctrl+Click on the Mac, go to my Symbol options here and choose Break Apart. And what that does is it breaks the link to the symbol. So now that's just a plain old regular graphic again. I can grab my Subselection tool. You can see I can now select the path right on the canvas. So what I'm going to do is grab my little shape here, and I'm going to zoom in a bit to make it little easier for me to see what I'm doing.
Make it little easier to grab my little vector as well. I'm just going to place this right there, and I'm going to create a couple of copies. So I'm going to go to Edit > Duplicate and do that a couple of times, and I'm going to reposition. I'm going to sort of add these in every other point in the snowflake. Just use my Scale tool to rotate it around and do one more of these guys, only with that one over here, and we'll rotate this one as well.
Just check my positioning, and that's not too, too bad. Now my little vector shape isn't exactly equal. So this is one of those deformed snowflakes. It's a kind of snowflake that goes through a bit of a melt on the way down from the sky. So bear with me on that one. I'm just going to do a little bit more rotation here, and use my arrow keys for a little more positioning accuracy. Okay, so now what I've got is I've got four different vectors here.
I've got my large compound vector, and I also have my individual pieces. So I'm going to select all of these. I'm going to hold down my Shift key and select the three new pieces and the original shape, and I'm going to choose, Modify > Symbol > Convert to Symbol. And again, I'm going to work with a graphic symbol here. I'm going to call this snowflake2 and click OK.
So now I've got a brand-new snowflake that I can use inside of my design. I'm going to zoom out a little bit. We'll just walk you through that process one more time. Now I can grab that snowflake from the Document Library, and drag it out on my canvas, or I can just hold down my Option key or my Alt key on the PC, and create a copy in that manner. So now I've been able to generate a brand-new symbol based on an original symbol, and you'll notice that this new one has no impact on the other snowflakes that are already on the screen. So there you go, another way you can sort of modify a symbol and create something brand-new from it.
This gives me the option of having two or more different types of symbols that are similar but don't have quite the same properties.
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