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Questions about symbols; marks or characters used as conventional representations of objects, functions, or processes. Ask anything related to the design of symbols.

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How do you crop a symbol in illustrator without changing every symbol?

Is there a way to crop a symbol on your artboard without altering the other symbols on the artboard that are the same?
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Why does Unicode have different scalar values for the same character in different typefaces?

For example: 0041 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A 1D400 MATHEMATICAL BOLD CAPITAL A 1D49C MATHEMATICAL SCRIPT CAPITAL A 1D4D0 MATHEMATICAL BOLD SCRIPT CAPITAL A. I read that Unicode tries not to encode ...
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Making an accessible PDF from InDesign file for an admissions lookbook. Color key symbols are used in Majors section

The challenge is how to correlate these small color-coded symbols the file in a way that they are accessible without having to do separate alt-text for each and everyone. Here's an image of the key ...
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Typography/Character ID; Semicircle with bracket

I'm in the process of converting the short story "The Region Between" by Harlan Ellison (part of the collection Five Fates), and among the many formatting nightmares, including a page ...
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What is the name of this extinct type symbol?

This text is from a facsimile of a 1949 manuscript of that quotes Psalm 106 (107), and the quoted passage is from verse 26. The word is that uses the symbol is "usque" Latin for "...
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Symbols that suggest directionality

I'm not quite sure if this is the right place for the question, so if not I'll happily take it down. This could fall under linguistics or semiotics. But in many hard sciences, we basically overload ...
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What is this symbol?

I'm trying to find out what the below symbol is (does it have a name? What does it represent?) and also, does Unicode have a codepoint for it? For what it's worth, the image is a binarized screenshot ...
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How do you add symbols for keyboard buttons?

I'm creating my own keyboard shortcut cheat sheet in InDesign, and I'm struggling with how to add the keyboard button symbols. For example, how can I add the symbols for Shift, and Command, to do ...
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Wrapping custom symbols around your drawing in Inkscape

In Adobe illustrator, one can create a custom symbol and then wrap it around any surface (say a face of a rectangle or a sphere). This feature is most likely under the advanced option of 3D and Bevel ...
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Why is my label not showing up on the bottle I made?

this issue has been driving me nuts for days. I have 3d revolved a bottle and made a logo, put it in symbols but when the time comes to map it onto the bottle, the label doesn't show up. I have no ...
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Weight symbol font

Is there an Unicode symbol or common font (present on Windows by default) character that represents a weight? These are not what I'm looking for: 🏋⚖️ EDIT I need to integrate this to a Winforms ...
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What is this icon about and how common it is among non designers/developers?

I was looking for an icon called RSS for using it as Media icon. That's a different thing and that's not point of this question. The thing is, now I'm wondering what the following icon (1st image) is ...
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How can I better convey the idea of "message sent"?

Currently, I am designing a mobile screen where the user can send a message to their friends. In order to show that their message has been sent, the upper right hand corner check-mark goes from black ...
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In Sketch, is it possible to copy a symbol and paste an instance?

I have a very large and complicated file with hundreds and hundreds of symbols all of which are used and reused over and over with slight variations. My naming schema is about as good as I can get it, ...
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Icons or symbols for asymmetric (public-key) cryptography

I need some graphical representation of the elements of asymmetric (public-key) cryptography. I have not been able to find any established convention in this area, and struggle to find good candidates ...
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Editable text within an Illustrator 'Symbol'

I'd like to create a reusable symbol for things like this: or I can change their shape and color - and I can change the color of just one with the direct selection tool - but I can't change the text ...
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Alphabetical sort order icon meaning

I noticed that icon repositories like Fontawesome have a lot of different icons for showing sort orders. The more variations I came across, the more confused I got. ...
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Technical name of a particular fountain pen font

Kind users, I've been trying for two hours to identify a font using the various online tools that can be used in LaTeX but I failed. I don't know if it's even a commercial font. The k that I ...
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Adobe Illustrator - How do I add the Indian Rupee Symbol?

I can add a rupee symbol anywhere using the shortcut ₹ (CTRL+ALT+4) after selecting the Indian English Keyboard. However, I am unable to do that in Adobe Illustrator. How do I insert the Rupee ...
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What can symbolize "mold-breaker"?

I've searched online for a very long while now but there seems to be no iconography or symbolism for mold-breaker. Internet only knows the Pokemon ability of the same name or mold, the disease. It ...
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How to insert a circumflex symbol (^)

I would like to insert a circumflex on a letter as in latex \hat{X} in Adobe Illustrator. I searched so many web pages but I couldn't find a quite decent solution.
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How do I rotate the symbols [duplicate]

As you can see I have rotated one of the symbols to face it upwards. I want to apply the same effect to each symbol individually Unfortunately, if I rotate it as a group, the symbols will look like ...
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Is there a way to change a portion of the symbol's degree in phantasm?

I want to change the degree of each portion of the symbols to look like this
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How do I use random color script to fill up the circular patterns that I have created using Phantasm version?

I have already expanded the appearance, broken the symbol link of the halftone patterns and ungrouped it. I want to fill up with several colors using random color fill script but it's not working.
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Symbols appearing at different scale in Illustrator

I've searched but couldn't find anything relevant to my situation. I made symbols in Ai and was able to replace them easily, they all appeared at the original scale when turned into a symbol. Then it ...
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Why circular 8 looks better than square 8 [closed]

Here is a drawing of the two: The circular 8 is much more common than the square "shape" that kind of could be considered an 8 on the right. I would like to know why. In both shapes there are ...
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Create automatic data text in sketch

I'm trying to make something like "data population" plugin, but without the plugin. With Data population I can use a group of information, not just a random name and a random email. I've tried this: ...
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Is the Bluetooth logo a registered symbol?

I'd like to use a Bluetooth symbol which will be a visible part of my product for sale. Can I legally use this graphic?
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Creating a circular symbol with an arrowhead and a partly dashed line

I've just started to use Illustrator. Maybe someone can help me and explain how to make this symbol. I had trouble when trying to remove the segments of the object. I tried the knife and scissors ...
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What are the differences between: Symbols libraries, kits, and sticker sheets?

I'm wondering what are the differences between symbols libraries, kits, and sticker sheets and how would I load them? For instance, I just download the inVision Form kit, but I can't seem to load it ...
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How to get rid of background on exportable symbols in Sketch?

I have a symbol in sketch which I need to export. Whenever I make it exportable, it generates a large rectangular background to the symbol, which is not what I want. I want the symbol only as a png ...
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Insert multiple symbols in Sketch

Is there any plugin used to insert multiple symbols (external library symbols) to one artboard, rather than do it manually one by one? Thank you!
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Simple icon to represent 'presets'?

For my concept I have a task bar that has 3 functions. 'Save' 'Load Preset' and 'Help'. Save and Help both have simple icons that don't require text. Which is great, because I would like to leave as ...
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How can I keep a text wrap object working in front of a text symbol?

I have an object set as text wrap in front of a text box which works fine. As soon as I drag the text into the Symbols panel to create a symbol, the text wrap function stops working. Seems like a bug ...
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Image gets squished when overriding in a symbol in Sketch App

I have symbol that contains a profile photo that is masked into a circle shape. And to create a list of them, I would use the Override Image feature. However, if the image is not of the same aspect ...
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How to improve performance with multiple duplicated objects?

I am creating an image in Illustrator that has a cornfield in the background. To make it, I created a cob of corn and some leaves and then rearranged these items and duplicated them over and over ...
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Multiple Color Override in one text on Sketch

I have a question about Sketch symbols overrides. I have created a text box and have put some text inside and some hashtags. But the hashtags are in another color than the text. I transformed my ...
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How can I make this symbol in illustrator?

I need to redraw this symbol for a client that has it as a JPG logo but doesn't have the vectorized file. How can I do this in illustrator?
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Creating a sketch component where it picks average colour from an image and fills it in a layer

I've been trying to create a symbol in sketch which has a property where an overlaying gradient layer has a fill of the average colour it picks from the image in its background. Its easy to do it ...
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Encoding symbols from LaTeX in Adobe Illustrator

I would like to solve a problem but I am not able to do it. Precisely I am creating figures and I should insert mathematical formulas. The first thing I do is to create a .pdf file from a .tex source ...
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Helvetica character for an empty checkbox

Does Helvetica font have a character for an empty checkbox? Ie. simply a rectangle or square? If it does, do you know the character number?
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What symbols have been used to represent planets (in the solar system, or other)

The Wikipedia page on gender states that the male and female symbols are symbols for the planets Venus and Mars. I wonder whether other planets in the solar system or other also have planet symbols. ...
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Import symbol set from another project or folder

I'd like to import another project's 'symbol library' and have it appear in the dropdown (image attached) 'Insert > Symbols'. Importing it in this way also makes it appear in the right hand '...
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Prevent text from overriding in Sketch

I have a vacancy card with fixed and negotiable salary. They can be switched using overrides. But when I change salary to negotiable I don't want text in that symbol to change. I want it to be locked ...
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Can symbols save computer resources?

I often work with 50MB+ .ai files and sometimes my computer runs slowly because there's a ton of vectors, so it has to render them everytime I navigate through the file. Is it true that using symbols ...
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Adjustable nested symbols in Sketch

Is it possible to create nested symbols that are adjustable when we choose "none" status? I'm looking for a way to make the symbol disappear and other symbols would move to adjust the space between ...
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Is there a plugin to save/load button states?

I have many override settings in my button symbol. I want to customize button with these settings and save the state to use after. I am pretty shore I saw this kind of plugin some time ago but I can't ...
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Sketch Questions regarding symbols [closed]

I've a few questions regarding Sketch - Sketch keeps expanding my symbol folders, it seems random and makes it more challenging to find what I want. Is there an option for how Sketch organizes ...
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Sketch Symbols - replacement sizes

In Sketch, how different do the artboard sizes need to be so they DO NOT show up as replacement options? For example, I have some symbols that are 200px x 48px and when I want to replace them, I also ...
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Does "Anilox" and "Impression" terms have any meaning in graphic design?

I've just spotted this "scale" on the bottom of my box: Does these two terms have any meaning or is this just as meaningless filling of space?
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