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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 preview and acquire symbols, so that you have a sense for the rich array of pre-drawn artwork that ships along with Illustrator. I have created this file called 252 symbols.ai and it's another one of these gift documents that is just rife with junk. If you bring up the Symbols panel, you will see this long list as it says 252 different symbols and these are symbols that have at one time or rather shipped along with Illustrator and I'm just been acquiring them over time and adding them to this document.
So the very first row, are the six symbols that you get when you create a new print document in CS5. The next row is the six symbols that you got with the new print document in CS4. Then we have the symbols that accompany a new Web document in CS5 and then those that used to accompany a new web document in CS4 and so on and so on, going on down the list here. Now if you see any one symbol that attracts your attention and you want to take a closer look at it. What you do is you double-click on it. So just go ahead and double-click on Road for example, is what I'm going to do.
And that will display this symbol inside the document window. I am going to go ahead and zoom in on it so that I can see it little more closely. Now after viewing a symbol, you can go ahead and press the Escape key in order to return back to the Illustration, but that's also going to reset your Symbols panel. So you won't be scrolled to the same location. What you want to do is just preview one symbol after another. Well you can double-click on one, as we saw a moment ago, on Runner for example and then double-click on the next one, on Satellite Dish and then after that you can move on to Planet and you can move on to, what's the next one here, World and so on and so on.
So just keep double-clicking on those symbols to try them out to see what they look like. Feel free to modify them of course if you want to. Every symbol is just a starting point and some of the symbols are in 3D. You may notice these right here, there is an @ symbol that's' actually rendered in 3D using Illustrator's 3D function. So there is a lot of stuff going on here. Another thing you can do is you can load symbols from Illustrator Symbol Library. So I am going to go ahead and scroll all the way down to the bottom of the document here and then I'll click on this sort of Folder icon down here in the lower left corner, in order to bring up a list of the various symbol libraries and one of my favorites is this guy right there.
Now many of these symbol libraries, I've already gone into by the way, I have already explored and brought many of the symbols over into this document. So you may see some duplicates here and there. But one of my favorites that I haven't lifted any symbols from is Grime Vector Pack, this is a really great one. So go ahead and choose that library. Now at this point, you might want to take a look at any one of these symbols, so you might figure, Gosh, I will just double-click on it. Well that's not actually going to work, that's not going to display the symbol out here in the document window, because the symbol isn't part of the active document.
Well that is to say, it is now. Now that I went ahead and clicked on it, it's been added to the Symbols panel and now inside the Symbol panel I can double-click on it in order to view that symbol here inside the document window. But you can't view it directly from the independent panel. Instead what you do is you just click on these symbols in order to add them to the active document. So I am going to go ahead and click on this first three and then I will click on these little sort of blood trails or whatever they are, and click on these next guys right here. I'm not going to click on this one, on Grime Vector Pack 10 because it's already included inside this document.
It's actually one of the symbols that appears inside of a new print document in Illustrator CS5 and it's the one that goes by Grime. So it's actually the second symbol in the panel right now. Anyway, I am going to scroll all the way back down, so I will click on this guy instead, what is that, number 11 and then I will click on these last three symbols and I'm just doing that because I want to make sure that I have two groups of six here, so 12 symbols in all that I am adding. Then I will close this Grime Vector Pack panel and I will press the Escape key in order to return to the illustration.
And notice by the way this is that one guy. If I click on the outline of the splatter right here, that is the Grime symbol, second in the Symbols panel. So that's how you preview and acquire symbols inside of Illustrator. In the next exercise, I will show you how to create and replicate instances.
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