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The fourth in a series by industry-pro Deke McClelland on the premiere graphics creation application, Adobe Illustrator, this course shows you how to become a more efficient, exact, and creative designer with the advanced tools in Illustrator. Maximize your productivity with tools such as Smart Guides to precisely align your artwork, symbols that help you reuse it, and pattern brushes that allow you to tile it across the screen. Plus, learn how to add special creative touches to designs with the Gradient Mesh feature, great for creating photorealistic airbrushing effects; the Liquify and Envelope tools; the layered transparency you can achieve with opacity masks; and 3D effects like live, editable 3D type.
This chapter is about symbols. Which allow you to expedite the creation of certain kinds of documents. For example, let's say you have a document that contains repeated instances of a logo, or a design, or an ornament, what have you. Why then save off that element as a symbol, and then you can drag instances of the symbol into your document. And that way if you decide to update the design of the original Symbol, then all of those instances are going to update in kind. Plus, you can take advantage of this thing called Nine-Slice Scaling which allows you to Scale certain portions of a Symbol while leaving other regions fixed, as you see here. And then, finally, as you may be aware, Illustrator lacks master pages. But for certain kinds of documents, symbols can be better, because you can replicate a logo or a design or a header, for example, across multiple r ports. And change the position and the size of those objects as much as you like. Here, let me show you exactly how Symbols work.
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