Join Mordy Golding for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with symbols more easily, part of Illustrator CS5 New Features.
One of the ways to work more efficiently inside of Illustrator is by using symbols.…Symbols are actually used in many other areas inside of Illustrator as well,…for example, when mapping two-dimensional artwork onto a 3D surface using the 3D effect.…However, when your artwork contains repeating elements, working with symbols can…make your life a whole lot easier.…Personally, I use symbols a lot, which is why I'm really excited to see some of…the new features inside of Illustrator CS5,…that make working with symbols that much better.…Say, for example, my design calls for a whole bunch of these little tags, those…little plastic things that you stick into plants to identify what they are.…
Since on my day-to-day basis I might use these all the time, it makes sense for…me to save them as symbols.…So, I'll start with this one here called Parsley.…I am going to select both these elements here.…I am going to turn that into a symbol.…There are many ways to do that.…I can either go to the Symbols panel and click on this button here to create a New Symbol.…
- Creating complex art from basic shapes with the Shape Builder tool
- Transforming flat artwork using perspective grids and vanishing points
- Creating variable-width strokes
- Controlling dashed line length, corners, and gaps
- Creating original brushes using the Brushes panel
- Adding arrowheads to strokes
- Creating web-ready graphics, text, and slices
- Integrating with Flash Catalyst
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: In the “Mapping flat artwork to perspective grids” video, directions for moving a box in a perpendicular direction say to use the Tilde key. However, upon attempting to move the box using this method, the box continues to move in the same plane, not in a perpendicular fashion. Is the technique in the video incorrect?
A: Adobe changed this keyboard shortcut just before the final release. The shortcut is the "5" key. The video tutorial has been updated to reflect this.