Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Modifying artwork across all pages, part of Using Symbols in Illustrator.
So now in this movie what we were going to be doing is updating our art work. Lets say that we had a meeting with our client and the client comes back and there like really don't like the red. And we also don't like the corners on some of the text boxes or the buttons I mean we need to change those. Luckily I have created these in a really flexible way using symbols and I can update that at any time. So what we're going to do is go through and just make some changes to these by editing the symbols. So make sure you can see your Symbols panel. If you want to double click on the home screen Art board, to go ahead and get that front and center, that way you can see a lot of the changes as we make them, that'll be good too.
In the Header bar, in the Symbols, I'm just going to double click right here, and let's say that we wanted to make a change here. So the background element here, the red, that's going to be now, a dark blue. >> Then this element over here to the side. >> That's going to be a lighter blue. >> Something like that. >> And so then once we're finished with that, we're just going to exit out. >> When I exit out, you're going to notice that it updates across all of the screens that we have there. >> Now in addition to this. >> Like I said, they don't like the curvature on these text boxes here.
>> That's okay, I can change that. >> Let's go in here, double click. >> And we'll grab this text box. >> And you're going to notice over here, in the Appearance panel, which I'll drag out so you can see it. >> In the Appearance panel we have the round corners effect being applied to this. >> I can select that, tone it down, something like zero for instance. >> Or we can just hit cancel, and throw it away just like that. >> So lets close the Appearance panel now. >> Exit back out and you can see now that one is updated. >> Now why didn't this update right? >> That's because I never replaced that one with a symbol.
>> So in order to do this. >> What I'm going to do is just remove that from the equation, and drag out another text box. >> There we go. >> Now the Login button. >> Login button needs to have the colors changed and it also needs the rounded corners appearance to be removed. >> So what we're going to do now is just double click on the maroon button. >> And we're going to select it. >> I closed my Appearance panel so I gotta go back and get that Window appearance. >> Take the round corners off. >> And we will change it to this light blue color. >> Then we will exit it out and there we go, there is the new Login button there.
>> And you can see as I've been making these changes anywhere that uses these buttons or the symbols is being updated along side of it. >> So I don't have to worry about any of these other places. >> I can just work on one screen at a time and make changes accordingly. >> Now there maybe other elements that I want to change, for instance, the bottom part here, maybe that needs to be changed a little bit, no big deal. >> Let's open the bottom now and let's make some changes to make this look more realistic. >> So what I'm going to do, is I'm going to start with this, by removing some of these buttons here.
>> Actually all of them. >> And we're going to start off, we're going to make the background black. >> So all I did before was select all of those and press the Delete key each time. >> Now what we're going to do is we're going to make some smaller buttons here. >> So I'm just going to draw out kind of like this, just staying just right inside of it and we're going to make it about 150 pixels wide. >> By about 90 pixels tall. >> And then what I'm going to do is change the color just slightly to be just slightly gray. >> Then I'm going to option drag it over, option drag it over.
>> If you want to hold down the shift key to make sure it stays in place. >> Go ahead. >> And what I'm going to do is tap this one into place with my arrow keys until it's right along that edge where I want it. >> And I'll select all of these and then we'll use the Align panel up here at the top. >> Make sure it's set to Align to Selection and then we'll just distribute them horizontally so that they're all evenly spaced. >> And so now this gives me the ability anytime I want to come in here and say okay maybe this one is, the active screen so we'll make it blue. >> Or we can add multiple states to this.
>> When we start talking about UI elements a little bit later on in this course you'll understand what I mean by states. >> But for now just know that we have the ability to do many different things to differentiate these. >> But for now I'm just going to exit out. >> And when I do, come back out, you're going to see these look more like regular navigation buttons along the bottom cleaning it up a little bit. >> Updating artwork across all of these different pages is really easy and it's a great way to streamline your workflow. >> And start to refine the design that you're working on.
>> You can start off with something really rough when it comes to symbols. >> And then continuously evolve that design to get more refined and more refined. >> And then eventually when you're finished you've got this finished product where you can easily. >> Update and deploy and change things any way you want and you've got a really nice looking comp that you can send out to your client. >> I highly recommend using symbols in this way to simulate master page elements that you can easily replicate and change at a moment's notice.
- What are symbols?
- Creating your own symbols
- Saving and loading symbol libraries
- Modifying registration points
- Working with nested symbols
- Using 9-slice scaling
- Resizing symbols in a set
- Adjusting symbol transparency
- Mapping symbols to artwork