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You can't use effects or brushes with entire rectangles. Simply create one side, then draw the other three sides of a rectangle. Create the triangles easily by drawing a path and choosing Effect > Distort & Transform > Zig Zag Choose Object > Expand Appearance Grab the Pen Tool and draw the other three sides of a rectangle.


In Photoshop CS6 or newer, you can simply set the Stroke Options for a vector path....


Ok do this: Make a line about the length of the ZigZag size you need(use the line tool or pen tool). Make sure to put a color on the Stroke or Fill of the line before the next step. Go to Effect > Distort & Transform > ZigZag Click the preview checkbox and adjust the Size and Ridges per Segment sliders until satisfied. Once you've hit OK you'll have ...


As I said, a task better suited for AI, but this is how I would do this in PS. There may be a better way to go about this, but I don't use PS for this kind of stuff, so I don't know about it, if there is. The initial shape: I made a duplicate of the shape and decreased the Fill to 0%. This is the shape that I then applied my stroke to. I then selected ...


Make sure that the initial jpeg and the CS6 file resolution are both on inches. The conversion done on Adobe's cut/paste between software usually works best on the same suite (within CS6 all around, etc.).


You can't include the text elements into the symbol - they will (as you said) be altered on all instances if you change the text on one of them. I often create the symbol with the graphics only and add text to each of the instances.


There are some graphical bugs in Illustrator. If you, for example, create a text box that's really small, the red '+' can remain on the screen even though you've deleted the text box. To see if it's a graphical bug - zoom in and out back again, this will remove graphical bugs.

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