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If you ever find yourself in a situation where you have broken the link to a symbol, made some changes to it, and then wanted to actually replace the old symbol with the new artwork you've created, then you need to utilize something called the Redefine command inside of Illustrator. In this movie, I'll be walking you through how to redefine a symbol. I've got some artwork out here on my artboard, and it was derived from a symbol that I used inside of the symbol library. In fact, if you want to open up that symbol library, you can do so from a symbol libraries menu, and choosing Grime Vector Pack.
In the Grime Vector Pack, I utilized Grime Vector Pack 02 to create this artwork. In order to replace this artwork with the artwork I have out on screen, I've to first make sure that I have all of the artwork selected out of my artboard. I then have to make sure that I have the symbol selected in my Symbols panel. I then have to make sure that this symbol is inside of my Symbols panel, and then I have it selected. Once I select this symbol, I can then go up to the panel menu, and I can choose Redefine Symbol.
As soon as I do that, the thumbnail updates here, indicating that this is now a part of the Grime Vector Pack. In order to make this its own symbol library, you could then save it out by going up to the panel menu, and choosing Save Symbol Library. All in all, there's no real way to get in here and change this particular symbol inside of this library, because it exists as one of the pre-built libraries that's inside of Illustrator. However, you can create your own, based on these, and redefine over the old one any time you'd like by utilizing the Redefine command.
This ensures that any time you break a link to a symbol inside of Illustrator, that you have the ability to than resave it as its original name inside of the Symbols panel. So the next time you use a symbol inside of Illustrator as the basis for your artwork, you might want to think about redefining that symbol into the artwork that you've created. That way you can always reuse it in the newly created state, versus having to break the link, and redo your edits each and every time.
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