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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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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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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Width of unicode musical symbols vis a vis fixed width font

In my experience, the musical Unicode symbols for flat (♭) and sharp (♯) are not exactly the same width as the fixed width font that I am using, consequently columnar character alignment ...
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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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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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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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Pasted symbols duplicate the master in Sketch

For some reason, sometimes when I copy/paste a symbol or a group of symbols, it creates a new symbol in the symbol page which creates a huge mess and I end up having the same symbol many times. I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a way to 'unsymbol' an artboard in sketch?

I'm working in versions and I just created a duplicate of my symbols page and renamed it 'Symbols v1'. I now have a page called 'Symbols' and 'Symbols v1'. The problem I'm having is that I want to ...
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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 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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Bounding-box suddenly way too wide & off-center

I've been working in an illustrator file for some time now, but today, all of a sudden, all instances of a symbol I've made are 16k pixels wide (img below). The objects don't appear that large, but ...
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Why isn't this symbol stainer tool working on this symbol?

I've created a symbol in Illustrator with default settings. Here's how I made the object for symbol: A rectangle with white color - Changed its opacity to 20% Inside the rectangle, there are circles ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Copy-and-paste Sketch artboard into different Sketch document without overwriting symbols in different artboards

Background I have a Sketch file within which there are multiple artboards. Each artboard details a screen of a web app UI I’m designing. There are many symbols/styles used across the artboards. I ...
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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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How to produce difficult variant of Taegeuk symbol? (see images)

The Republic of Korea (or, "South Korea") has a Taegeuk at the centre (essentially, a blue and red yin and yang symbol). This design is derived from the flag of the Korean Empire (used between 1882 ...
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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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Import or Sync Symbols between Sketch Files

I have various symbols in various .sketch files, such as Font Awesome, Bootstrap UI, etc... I would like to have access to all symbols in other files too - or ideally I would like to make specific ...
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What unicode character should I use to represent the fill bucket?

I'm designing a mockup paint editor for the web and I'm using unicode characters to represent all of the different tools. I ran into a problem when I got to the fill bucket - I can't find anything ...
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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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What is the name or Unicode for this symbol (similar to ₰, Dutch, called Krul)

This is the symbol I mean, I think it is named a 'Krul': I found this symbol (U+20B0, ₰, German Penny Sign) but it is not the one I am looking for. In the Netherlands it is generally used to ...
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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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Icon representing juniors, age 7-15

I am trying to find an icon suitable to represent kids between the the age of 7 ~ 15. So far I have come across this: 1) 2) I was wondering if there is a better option out there?
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What is the visual concept behind squared, boxed or Z patterned letters in logo design?

I am willing to know the visual concept or communication behind such logo designs like IDEO's forming or surrounded by a flat square shape and contains only 4 letters or symbols. See the images as ...
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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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Icon to represent “usable offline”

I have two versions of my application: online: Requires Internet connection to function properly offline: Can be used offline, for instance in the plane QUESTION: How to represent the fact that an ...
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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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Cascade changes on symbols library accross multiple files in Illustrator CC

Illustrator CC has a symbols feature, where I can create symbols and place multiple instances of them in a document. It also allows me to save a symbols library as a .ai file, so I can use the same ...
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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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How do you indicate visually that a shower is for women?

When you see toilet signs, they look more or less like this: It is clear who can enter either of them. Now, say you are designing the signs for showers and you want to distinguish between the ones ...
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Illustrator CC: Pixel perfect align Symbols and linked Documents

I am just trying to align created Symbols or linked docs in Illustrator to pixel. For some reason the "align to pixel"-option does apply to everything besides linked docs and symbols. Is there any ...
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9-Slice-Scaling in Photoshop

Is it possible to create a 9-Slice-Object within Photoshop? I haven't found that feature yet, and can't find any help through google. Doesn't Photoshop support it?
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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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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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IS there any way to place the symbol in its original coordinates in illustrator

Is there any way to place the symbol in its original coordinates? lets say I drew a path that have a coordinates of 3cm from the top right position of my artboard. and I make it as a symbol. now in a ...
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What icon can i use to reperesent twins [closed]

Im designing a logo and need some symbols to represent twins or 2. Thank you
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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?