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Advanced symbol creation

  • Any object or layer can become a symbol.
  • Create a new symbol from any object by giving it a name and setting the object role to Symbol.
  • Automatically create symbols by drawing them on a Reference Canvas with the Symbol role.
  • Edit the content of a symbol by selecting the Reference Canvas containing the symbol and using regular object editing tools.
  • Access symbols from menus and lists.
  • Create symbols as styles using the Symbols panel.
  • Save and reuse non-linked symbols (object copies) as presets.

Powerful symbol tools

  • Use a symbol by drag and drop from a Symbols panel.
  • Create symbolic references to any object, by dragging and dropping from the Layers panel while holding the command key.
  • Expand selected symbol links using the Expand Symbol command.
  • Apply additional shape or image effects to symbols while still retaining the original editable object.
  • Find and replace objects with symbols using object styles or other attributes.

Symbols panel

  • Use the Symbols panel to create and manage the collection of symbols in a document.
  • Reference objects are also listed in the Symbols panel.
  • Drag and drop symbols from the panel into the document.
  • Insert symbols into text as a glyph.
  • Organize symbols into folders.
  • Assign style activation schemes on symbol folders to setup alternative symbol selections.
  • Export symbols into a VectorStyler specific symbols file for sharing and reuse (in binary, JSON or XML formats).
  • Update collection of symbols from a previously saved symbol file.

Powerful symbols workflow

  • Use Reference Canvases to create and edit objects that are used as symbols.
  • Use large number of objects as symbols by setting the role of a canvas containing the objects.
  • Link to VectorStyler document files containing objects and symbols to use them.
  • Update symbols from linked documents automatically or manually as the external document file is changed.
  • Use Style Activation Groups to automatically select groups of Symbols and Styles.