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Questions tagged [symbols]

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 to structure logos with different color combinations in Illustrator?

I'm sure this is a common problem, but I haven't found an efficient solution yet. I've created a 4 color logo and I want to create a few versions of it with different colors for use on different ...
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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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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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Unable to draw logo with correct strokes and shadow

I am trying to design a logo for my company. However I have tried for 12 hours now making the design below, but I have huge problems getting what I want. I want the road to be crossing the other one ...
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What is the best way to represent show and hide in icons?

I have a web page that has a list of columns of information. All columns have names and then some of the columns have items in them. I want to have an icon to represent Hide all empty columns ...
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Sketch: Object moves relative to another object/text in symbol

How do I make an object automatically move when I change the text preceeding/"attached to" it? I'm trying to figure out how this default symbol works (gif included below) and replicate it. When I ...
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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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“A symbol definition cannot contain a linked image”

Trying to create a symbol in Illustrator CS6, a pop-up says A symbol definition cannot contain a linked image. I have two questions: Why? I mean, what's the motivation for not allowing this? (I'm a ...
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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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Modifiable progress bar symbol in Sketch

I'm trying to create modifiable progress bar symbols in Sketch. Those are rectangular and circle one on the picture below: To modify that rectangle so it would suit different percentages I created ...
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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 can I avoid icons with double meanings?

I am currently trying to make an icon that indicates a bike shop sells bike accessories. This icon will be displayed along with other icons, such as the bike types the shop sells and if the shop ...
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How can I make Symbols in Illustrator like I would in Flash?

I have a quite complex draw in Illustrator (let's say, lots of vectors and that), and I have to make a mosaic for printing a hole page of them. It's complex enough to be memory-heavy, so when I try ...
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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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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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What are the symmetry-in-pair symbols usually appear in Wingdings fonts? [duplicate]

For example, in Wingdings font: What are 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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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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Replace specific symbols in scatter plot in Illustrator

I am very new to Adobe Illustrator, so I apologize in advance if my question is offensively simple. To my excuse, I spent and failed to look for a solution online, even though I am sure I am not the ...