Setting graphic styles for symbols affect all elements in that symbol, including text. I need it to stay as it is. Is there a way to protect some elements (text, in my case) from being altered by graphic styles?

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Not by applying styles to the symbols themselves. THe entire purpose of symbols is that they are identical elements.

You can duplicate a symbol, edit the specific internal elements and apply styles to those. Then use that new symbol.

You would need a separate symbol for each different internal appearance.

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