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Illustrator: Change the colors of a symbol

Is it possible to change the colors of a symbol in a document without breaking the link with its original shape. Eg.: I have a square a symbol. I have two I races of them in my document. I want on ...
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Why do most of the well known currency symbols have strikeouts in their symbols?

We encounter currency symbols every day as shorthand for a currency’s name, especially in reference to amounts of money. Most, like these common currency symbols, have strikeouts in their sign. ...
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Copy-and-paste Sketch artboard into different Sketch document without overwriting symbols in different artboards

Background I have a Sketch file within which there are multiple artboards. Each artboard details a screen of a web app UI I’m designing. There are many symbols/styles used across the artboards. I ...
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Dynamically change Symbols depending on Text content

I am somewhat new to Sketch and I am trying to figure out how to have a symbol dynamically change its spacing/padding, depending on its copy content. For example, the problem I am currently having is ...
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Scale/resize a symbol in Sketch?

when I use Sketch 3.8.3 and I still can't scale/resize a symbol. There is any ways or tricks to do it ? When I create an symbol of a logo for exemple and use it in différent pages and I want to use ...
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How can I make a symbol's bounding box match its clipping mask?

I have a symbol which is clipped. When I place the symbol into document, I can't adjust the size of clipped object. In fact transform shows me unclipped bounding box. Above on the left side ...
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Illustrator modular designing list items?

I like symbols in illustrator but I read somewhere it's not recommended to use text within symbols. In my design I have a bunch of list items that maintain the same proportions, but some minor ...
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how to efficiently make a tab bar in Sketch?

So Sketch has symbols. These are great if every instance of the symbol across your various artboards is exactly the same. But what if say you had a tab bar, and on different screens, you wanted to ...
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How to remove unused Symbols?

I am wondering how to deal with the new Symbols in Sketch: If I don't need a symbol anymore, (deleting all instances or detaching) it seems to stay in the symbols palette anyway (for what reason?) So ...
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Do formatting (invisible) characters have a name?

In typography, some text editors will offer the option to display "invisible" or "formatting" characters such as these: (from this page) Do these have a name? I mean, of course you could call ...
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How to make “symbol” typeface italic in illustrator?

I want to type $Omega$ $\omega$ (in Latex) as italic in Illustrator. I found that there are such fonts under "symbol" typeface but there is only "Medium" setting instead of "italic". Thank you for ...
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Is there a way to batch export Illustrator symbols as pngs?

I use Illustrator as my main graphics program for building modular UI components. Context: I'm exploring an animation software, Pixate, and will need to upload all UI assets to the project library —...
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Illustrator symbols: How to edit symbol to affect mulitiple files?

QUESTION Part 1. As far as I know, when you edit a symbol, it affects all instances of the symbol within the current document open. Is there a way to have the changes affect other documents? ...
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What is the name of the glyph that looks like a dash, but tapers on a single end?

What is the name of the symbol shown below used to sometimes stylize page numbering or to call attention to an item in the page? It's hard to explain with words, but here's a picture. Does this ...
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What are some obscure/rare/endangered/extinct typographic symbols?

Just discovered the "asterism" today: ⁂ Super cool. I had never heard of it or seen it before. Wikipedia has more about it. What other typographic symbols are out there that were never all that ...
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Illustrator: Why does copying and pasting a symbol sometimes duplicate an instance and sometimes duplicate the symbol in the symbols panel?

I'm working in a document with symbols. I select a symbol instance on the artboard. I copy it from one location, and then paste it in another. Both of the instances are tied to the same symbol. ...
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can graphic symbol in illustrator be used for off set printing?

I have a complicated graphic in Illustrator that will be used multiple times in files. It's making the file very heavy to work on smoothly. Can I make it into a graphic symbol for offset printing? ...
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What's the centered fluffy art piece called in an article

I know this, but I can't recollect at all. What is this thing called? They are usually centered in a book or writing and I'm certain they have a name but I can't remember for the life of me. They ...
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Is there a symbol that means “purchase” across cultures?

I am creating a graphical game which will be deployed on both mobile and desktop platforms, and across many cultures/languages. When the user sees a screen where there's an opportunity for in app ...
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Illustrator symbolic linked objects?

I am designing a logo and I would like multiple forms of this logo. Example, I have a dark layer behind a white logo, or a light layer behind a black logo. What I am asking is how can I update the ...
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Fonts with ticks and crosses

Have you come across a font with good ticks and crosses? The reason I ask is that I'm making a sprite for the uniform.js form plugin (http://uniformjs.com/) and they use Lucida Grande for their ...
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Organize Symbols in Sketch: How to rename all symbols at once

I am in the process of reorganizing a project done in Sketch and I’m at the stage of renaming the symbols using Organize Symbols…. However, when I update the name of the symbols using this interface, ...
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Is there any internationally-recognisable icon or symbol for police?

I'm looking for something non-nationality-specific to visually represent police and policing. Everything I can find, however, and everything I can think of myself, is based on imagery specific to one ...
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How to produce difficult variant of Taegeuk symbol? (see images)

The Republic of Korea (or, "South Korea") has a Taegeuk at the centre (essentially, a blue and red yin and yang symbol). This design is derived from the flag of the Korean Empire (used between 1882 ...
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Sketch Layer-group seems to be permanently selected and cannot be detached from symbol

I have grouped layers turned into a symbol, where one layer appears to be permanently selected. Also, I cannot ungroup or detach the group from symbol. Screenshot 1 shows that when I select ...
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Import or Sync Symbols between Sketch Files

I have various symbols in various .sketch files, such as Font Awesome, Bootstrap UI, etc... I would like to have access to all symbols in other files too - or ideally I would like to make specific ...
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How do I import a set of symbols in Sketch 3?

How do I import symbols from one project into another. For instance, I've downloaded the Bootstrap 3 resource, and I want to bring the symbols into another project I'm working on without copying and ...
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What unicode character should I use to represent the fill bucket?

I'm designing a mockup paint editor for the web and I'm using unicode characters to represent all of the different tools. I ran into a problem when I got to the fill bucket - I can't find anything ...
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What are the symmetry-in-pair symbols usually appear in Wingdings fonts? [duplicate]

For example, in Wingdings font: What is the symbols in boxes used for? I have checked the wiki pages of Wingdings, List of symbols, Ampersand and Unicode/List of useful symbols, but I can't find ...
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How can I Change the color of a bunch of symbols in Illustrator

I have a set of flat objects and they are independent, they only share the same file. I mean they are all in one single .AI file. How can I Change the colors of those objects while they are in symbol ...
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edit/create symbols in illustrator

On my canvas i created a small black square with no fill 3mm X 3mm. I drag to symbols library and name my new symbol. I then delete the symbol that is on the canvas. I then select all of a certain ...
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How to denote time? Is it ok to use degree and prime symbols?

I'm aware that there is an international standard on how to display date-time, ISO 8601 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_8601). But we all know that it's not that common. Maybe it is in engineering, ...
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What is the name or Unicode for this symbol (similar to ₰, Dutch, called Krul)

This is the symbol I mean, I think it is named a 'Krul': I found this symbol (U+20B0, ₰, German Penny Sign) but it is not the one I am looking for. In the Netherlands it is generally used to ...
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Icon representing juniors, age 7-15

I am trying to find an icon suitable to represent kids between the the age of 7 ~ 15. So far I have come across this: 1) 2) I was wondering if there is a better option out there?
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Icon to represent “usable offline”

I have two versions of my application: online: Requires Internet connection to function properly offline: Can be used offline, for instance in the plane QUESTION: How to represent the fact that an ...
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Cascade changes on symbols library accross multiple files in Illustrator CC

Illustrator CC has a symbols feature, where I can create symbols and place multiple instances of them in a document. It also allows me to save a symbols library as a .ai file, so I can use the same ...
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What is the visual concept behind squared, boxed or Z patterned letters in logo design?

I am willing to know the visual concept or communication behind such logo designs like IDEO's forming or surrounded by a flat square shape and contains only 4 letters or symbols. See the images as ...
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Copyright on derivative work of the symbol of access

I made some icons for the german definitions of access derived from the well known symbol of access for a website. Now I have multiple requests, if the symbols are free to use. I like to host them on ...
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Photoshop: 9-Slice-Scaling

is it possible to create a 9-Slice-Object within Photoshop? I haven't found that feature yet, and can't find any help through google. Doesn't Photoshop support it? thanks in advance
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How do you indicate visually that a shower is for women?

When you see toilet signs, they look more or less like this: It is clear who can enter either of them. Now, say you are designing the signs for showers and you want to distinguish between the ones ...
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Illustrator CC: Pixel perfect align Symbols and linked Documents

I am just trying to align created Symbols or linked docs in Illustrator to pixel. For some reason the "align to pixel"-option does apply to everything besides linked docs and symbols. Is there any ...
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Structured pattern, random elements in Illustrator

I'm trying to make a subtle background out of a collection of symbols, arranged in randomly order in multiple roughly structured rows. A bit like: The Symbol Sprayer Tool is close to what I need, ...
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Is there a term for this “gripper” UI element?

What is the official name of this image ? It is often found on the side of a panel widget for dragging. Is it named "gripper"? A Google search doesn't return a lot of results for "gripper icon".
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IS there any way to place the symbol in its original coordinates in illustrator

Is there any way to place the symbol in its original coordinates? lets say I drew a path that have a coordinates of 3cm from the top right position of my artboard. and I make it as a symbol. now in a ...
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How to ignore objects outside clipping masks in symbols in Adobe Illustrator

I have created an illustration of a box out of 3 simple shapes in Adobe Illustrator CC. They are actually 3 clipping masks that clip 3 different embedded raster textures. I then turned the whole group ...
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What icon can i use to reperesent twins [closed]

Im designing a logo and need some symbols to represent twins or 2. Thank you
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Scaling a symbol in Sketch scales all instances of that symbol

Title pretty much says it all, but the problem is simple. Say I have a logo imported from illustrator or whatever. I make it a symbol, and then I use it in one place in my design. Looks great. But ...
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Flatten transparency of derivative colors [closed]

I'm creating an illustration in Ai CS3 heavily using symbols. I need to create derivative symbols, out of other symbols, with lighter colors. The transparency tool is for color seek, but as soon as I ...
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Resources on non-European heraldry and flags?

I was wondering if there was some good resources about non-European heraldry, flags and symbols like this one. My research yielded no good results. The History SE told me to come here. I'm looking ...
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Apply graphic styles to objects in a clip group

I can't seem to apply graphic styles to objects if they're behind a clipping mask. I encountered this problem when I wanted to use graphic styles in order to change the fill colour of a symbol ...