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There may come a time when you find the need to edit one of the existing symbols inside Illustrator. Whether it's because you want to use a piece of that symbol in the artwork you are working on, or you simply need to make a change to that symbol, like changing the color, or the rotation. In this movie, I am going to walk you through how to break the link between Symbol and its original piece of artwork, so that you can then edit that symbol, and then redefine it as its own symbol later. The first thing I am going to do is create a brand new document. I am going to do that with Command+N or Control+N on the keyboard, and I'll just accept the defaults by hitting OK. I'm then going to open up a symbol library by going to the library icon, and I'll go down and I'll choose Grime Vector Pack.
Once I get the Grime Vector Pack open, I am then going to take out the Grime Vector Pack 02. Once I do that, I have got an instance of the Grime Vector Pack 02 symbol out of my artboard. However, I want make a change to this symbol, so in order to do that, I am going to go back to the Symbols panel, and I'm going to find this small icon at the bottom, and click Break Link to Symbol. Once I do that, you will see that this automatically turns into a series of paths; it's no longer just a static symbol.
And also over here on the right-hand side in my Layers panel, you'll notice that I have a Grime Vector path over here. This now acts as its own independent object, which I can then manipulate. You'll also notice I get control over the fill and stroke over hers as well. So in this case, I think I want to make this sort of an orange color, and then expand it out. I am going to be turning this into a logo, so I am going to switch to my Type tool, and I am also going to make sure that the fill color that I am working on is going to be set to White, but I will do that once I start typing. So I'll Click, and I will type out a capital J, for Justin, and then I am simply going to switch is the Selection tool, and I'll blow this up pretty big, and I will switch the font to something like Old English, just this.
And I'll switch the fill color to White. I am also going to create outlines out of this by going to Type, Create Outlines, which turns this into an editable path, and I will move it on to the Logo, like so. So now here's my little grungy J icons that I've created here, and you could take the time and use Pathfinder, or compound paths to kind of merge these together into one shape, but in this case, I am just going just select them, and make them their own Symbol. Then I am going to add them to the symbol library, and I am going to do by just simply dragging, and dropping them over.
It now gives me the option to create a brand new symbol, which is based on the original symbol that I drug out. So I will just call this J Logo, make it a Graphic, and hit OK. So basically what I've done is I've taken one of the original Illustrator symbols, I brought it out of my artboard, and broke the link to that symbol; that's the way you can edit it independently of its original state. Once the link was broken, I was then able to change the color, and add this little bit of text. Once my logo was completed, I just drug it over, and added it back to my symbol library.
If at any point in time I had wanted to override the original Vector Pack 02 Grime icon, I would have had to do something called redefining the symbol, and that's something that we will cover in a future movie.
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