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In Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, author and industry expert Deke McClelland teaches how to take advantage of the wide array of dynamic features in Illustrator CS5. This course demonstrates how to apply these features to paths, groups, and editable text to create professional-quality artwork. The course covers Live Trace, Live Paint, and Live Color, as well as symbols, gradients, exporting, and integration with Photoshop. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this exercise, I am going to show you how to make an instance of a symbol and I'll show you how to replace one instance with a totally different instance and along the way, I'm going to pass along this really great trick that's super useful for finding a specific symbol inside of a big symbol document like this one here. And it works beautifully on the PC, but it's a little bit broken on the Mac and I will show you workaround and hopefully Adobe will get around to fixing this glitch on the Mac at some point in the future. But in the meantime you'll have an alternate method.
So we've got just a tone of symbols inside this illustration and ultimately the symbol we're going to want to use is this guy right there, Tiki Idol. So remember that but let's say, you know you want to get to Tiki Idol but you can't for the life of you find it inside this big list here. What do you do? Well, for starters we are going to get rid of the instance that we already have at here in the Illustration window. I am going to click on its outline in order to select that big blob there and I am going to press the Backspace key or the Delete key on the Mac so we have nothing but the guidelines onscreen.
And if you can't see your guidelines, Press Ctrl+Semicolon, or Command+Semicolon to bring them up. Then those of you who are working along with me on a PC, here is what you do. In order to focus your attention on the contents of the Symbol panel, and this works inside the Graphic Styles panel, it works inside the Brushes panel, it works inside any of the panels that are essentially libraries of different items, including Swatches by the way, it works there too. You Ctrl+Alt+Click or Command+Option+ Click on the Mac, anywhere inside that panel and on both platforms you will see a heavy outline around the contents of the panel as if it's now targeted.
Unfortunately, this next trick is the part that doesn't work on the Mac. You PC people type in TIK, don't do it on the Mac because you will just fly between a bunch of different tools over here in the toolbox, but on the PC notice bang, it goes ahead and selects Tiki Idol and then you would create an instance of that symbol by dragging it and dropping it. So drag it from the Symbols panel and drop it into the Illustration window, it's that simple. Okay, let's say that's not working for you as it won't on the Mac. Here is an alternate technique. And this works both the Mac and the PC if you PC people want to follow along.
I am going to get rid of the current instance out there in the Illustration window and I am going to drag any instance out. It doesn't matter what symbol you start with. I will grab that green thing with the Plus sign in it, I will just drag it out, drop it into place so that we got an instance to work with and then I will hide the Symbols panel just so that we don't have too much confusion onscreen here. Notice up here in the Control panel, there is this item called Replace. If you click on that item to the right of it, you will bring up yet another Symbols panel, a pop-up version and then go ahead and Ctrl+Alt+Click or Command+Option+Click inside of it.
Now you may see a heavy outline around it, you may not. In my case, I am not seeing the heavy outline but you should. But anyway, it's still active and then you type in TIK and that should work on both the Mac and the PC either one, and then once you've selected Tiki Idol as I have, go ahead click on that symbol in order to replace the instance out there in the Illustration window and then press the Enter key or the Return key in order to hide that pop-up panel and now we have one instance of this Tiki Mask. Now what I would like you to do is align it to the artboard.
So go up here to this icon, in the Control panel, click on and choose Align to Artboard. For me, it's already selected, for you it's probably set to align the selection originally. Anyway, choose Align to Artboard and then go over to these Alignment icons here and click on Horizontal Align Center and then click on Vertical Align Center and you will go ahead and align that instance to the exact center of Artboard. Then I'm going to have you make one more modification. Go up here to the Black Arrow tool in the toolbox and double-click on it to bring up the Move dialog box there, and set the Horizontal option to 0 and the Vertical value to -200.
So that's going to move to Tiki Mask up, as soon as I press the Tab key. That is to say, if you've got the Preview check box turned on, as I do, then click OK and we now have the Tiki Mask oriented exactly where I wanted. In the next exercise, we are going to replicate that mask in order to create a pattern of Tiki Idols using the Rotate tool.
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