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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Can I Illustrator Symbols with editable text that does not update all instances?

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 ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I Change the color of a bunch of symbols in Illustrator

I have a set of flat objects and they are independent, they are all in one single .AI file. How can I Change the colors of those objects while they are in symbol panel and are not yet in my artboard?
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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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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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What CorelDraw Effect or Tool is Used to Achieve Transparency

I am new to CorelDraw in that I come from the Adobe world. At the moment, I am working with a CorelDraw file that has several brush-like Symbols. These Symbols are styled, but I cannot see how. ...
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In Sketch, can you override the fill value for a symbol?

In the Sketch Nested Symbols documentation, there is a short clip showing the user changing a color in a set of symbols by toggling fills. Being in the nested symbols section, I would think they ...
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Exported a map from an .MXD (ArcGIS) to .AI, why did some textboxes including '≤' come in as '='?

I will post the area in question below. Here is the "before" of the legend in ArcGIS, an MXD file: When I export the entire map to AI, it mostly comes into Illustrator just fine, but when I go to ...
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Word representation in Graphics

Does anyone know of a good repository where words are represented as symbols/graphics. So for example, a cycle is represented as a line sketch of a cycle and a boat as a drawing of a boat. I am not ...
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How to easily replace an image in every slide across a PowerPoint presentation (Symbols)?

I'd like to be able to reuse a resource across multiple slides (multiple instances) and be able to edit the "master instance" and apply changes to all instances. In Illustrator / Sketch this ...
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Have any Unicode symbols reached archetype status for indicating good, bad, and neutral or winner, loser, and tie?

I am looking for a way, preferably with symbols, to denote a winner, loser, or tie—or, thought of another way—good, bad, or neutral. For instance, in a table of features, to indicate that the feature ...
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How to work around 100 artboard limitation in Illustrator for large project with many symbols?

In Illustrator CC 2017, there is a limit of 100 artboards per file. For a project I'm doing, I have several global swatches and symbols that I need on more artboards than that. (If the limit were ...
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Scale/resize a symbol in Sketch?

when I use Sketch 3.8.3 and I still can't scale/resize a symbol. There is any ways or tricks to do it ? When I create an symbol of a logo for exemple and use it in différent pages and I want to use ...
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Organize Symbols in Sketch: How to rename all symbols at once

I am in the process of reorganizing a project done in Sketch and I’m at the stage of renaming the symbols using Organize Symbols…. However, when I update the name of the symbols using this interface, ...
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Sketch: As a symbol, adding text will resize the text block height

I have an article block as a symbol in sketch. It contains an image, headline and paragraph. When using the symbol in my canvas, I'd like to change the title, but once it drops to two lines, it will ...
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Is there a way to override a symbol's color in Sketch?

I've already tried to to make symbols in sketch, like buttons, but I'm unable to change this symbol's colors, then I have to create more symbols only to change the color. Do you guys know a way to ...
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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 ...
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Sketch (45) > 2 symbols with different height, in artboard not adjusting height

Currently I'm working on a large project with many symbols. When I switch between symbols in the artboard they won't adjust the height of the selected symbol. Example: I have 2 symbols: Symbol A) ...
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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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How can I make a symbol's bounding box match its clipping mask?

I have a symbol which is clipped. When I place the symbol into document, I can't adjust the size of clipped object. In fact transform shows me unclipped bounding box. Above on the left side ...
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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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Replace multiple nested symbols all at once?

I'm making a deck of cards. I have a "shape" symbol for a suit (hearts) and a "configuration" symbol (ten of hearts) which contains many (12) instances of the "heart" symbol. I want to use the same ...
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Replacing selected shapes with symbols in Illustrator

I have these rectangles placed at different places on the file to indicate bus stands. I want to now replace each one of these rectangles with a bus symbol. How do I do that without dragging the ...
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Converting shape into symbol in Illustrator distorts the box

I am trying to convert a simple shape into a symbol. When I do that, the selection box (I don't know the technical term for it) changes. So here we have the shape. Align to pixel grid is off, snap ...
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Masking a shape out of symbol in Sketch 3

I am trying to mask a shape from a symbol in Sketch. In Illustrator I would just use an inverse clipping mask but Sketch doesn't seem to have that option. I am trying to subtract the square from the ...
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How to make “symbol” typeface italic in illustrator?

I want to type $Omega$ $\omega$ (in Latex) as italic in Illustrator. I found that there are such fonts under "symbol" typeface but there is only "Medium" setting instead of "italic".
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How do I import a set of symbols in Sketch 3?

How do I import symbols from one project into another. For instance, I've downloaded the Bootstrap 3 resource, and I want to bring the symbols into another project I'm working on without copying and ...
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Why do most of the well known currency symbols have strikeouts in their symbols?

We encounter currency symbols every day as shorthand for a currency’s name, especially in reference to amounts of money. Most, like these common currency symbols, have strikeouts in their sign. Even ...
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Can I stylize the trademark symbol to match logo design?

I need to know if the trademark (™) symbol has to remain fairly generic in styling, or can it by made to match the style of a logo?
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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 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 won't select paths in Compound Shape I want to fill

I'm following a beginner's tutorial where I am supposed to color a skull that has different symbols on it. It was going all fine until I had to select the yellow bits to add different colors to the ...
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Does a symbol like this or a similar thing already exsist and has its meaning or not?

I have this symbol sketch: Does it have an existing meaning?
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Can I make a logo based on a known symbol?

I want to create a logo based on norse symbols, probably something from here: but I'm not sure about licence. I want to make minor changes to the symbol and use it as a logo for an event, will it be ...
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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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What is the term for consistent set of symbols?

I need a good term for a symbol set with certain characteristic. Let's call it X and give a definition: "X" is a set of visually consistent and different symbols. Visual consistence supposed ...
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Resizing a Symbol's Width

Is there a way to resize a symbol's width without resizing the height of the symbol also? I just want to change the width of my symbol. See below:
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how to efficiently make a tab bar in Sketch?

So Sketch has symbols. These are great if every instance of the symbol across your various artboards is exactly the same. But what if say you had a tab bar, and on different screens, you wanted to ...
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How to remove unused Symbols?

I am wondering how to deal with the new Symbols in Sketch: If I don't need a symbol anymore, (deleting all instances or detaching) it seems to stay in the symbols palette anyway (for what reason?) So ...
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Do formatting (invisible) characters have a name?

In typography, some text editors will offer the option to display "invisible" or "formatting" characters such as these: (from this page) Do these have a name? I mean, of course you could call them "...
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Is there a way to batch export Illustrator symbols as pngs?

I use Illustrator as my main graphics program for building modular UI components. Context: I'm exploring an animation software, Pixate, and will need to upload all UI assets to the project library — ...
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Illustrator symbols: How to edit symbol to affect mulitiple files?

QUESTION Part 1. As far as I know, when you edit a symbol, it affects all instances of the symbol within the current document open. Is there a way to have the changes affect other documents? ...
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What is the name of the glyph that looks like a dash, but tapers on a single end?

What is the name of the symbol shown below used to sometimes stylize page numbering or to call attention to an item in the page? It's hard to explain with words, but here's a picture. Does this have ...
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What are some obscure/rare/endangered/extinct typographic symbols?

Just discovered the "asterism" today: ⁂ Super cool. I had never heard of it or seen it before. Wikipedia has more about it. What other typographic symbols are out there that were never all that ...
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can graphic symbol in illustrator be used for off set printing?

I have a complicated graphic in Illustrator that will be used multiple times in files. It's making the file very heavy to work on smoothly. Can I make it into a graphic symbol for offset printing? ...
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Is there a symbol that means “purchase” across cultures?

I am creating a graphical game which will be deployed on both mobile and desktop platforms, and across many cultures/languages. When the user sees a screen where there's an opportunity for in app ...
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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 ...