I was wondering if it's possible to create Symbols with editable text elements in Illustrator CS6, i.e. when using form elements in wire framing.

I'm seeking to use live text in symbols but not have all symbol instances update should the text in a single symbol change.

  • It is possible. Does your text get converted to vectors? I am unsure what the problem is.
    – KMSTR
    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:33
  • Well, when I edit the text element within the symbol, I change all instances of the symbol, don't I? Oct 14, 2014 at 10:46

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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.

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