APRIL 10, 2002
Symbols in Adobe Illustrator 10
4. Use the symbol sprayer to create instances. When you want to build up masses of instances, use the symbol sprayer tool. First, select the symbol in the Symbols palette. To add instances one at a time, click the symbol sprayer tool on the artboard. Or drag the symbol sprayer to apply a stream of instances.
[an error occurred while processing this directive] If you go overboard and create too many instances, you can remove some of them by Alt-dragging (Windows) or Option-dragging (Mac OS) with the symbol sprayer. We used the symbol sprayer to build a random pattern of blue squares.
5. Vary the instances with the symbolism tools. Make sure the symbol is still selected in the Symbols palette. Then select the symbol spinner tool in the toolbox and drag it over the instances. The instances rotate in the direction you drag.
For quick access to the symbolism tools, click any symbolism tool in the toolbox, and drag to the right to tear off the tool set. We used several symbolism tools to modify the color, size, and position of the instances in our design.
6. Adjust the tool options.
Double-clicking any symbolism tool in the toolbox (or in the tear-off tool set) opens the Symbolism Tool Options dialog box. Click a tool icon in the dialog box to set the options for that tool?there?s no need to reopen the dialog box for each tool.
We adjusted the brush size and intensity of the symbol screener tool, which adds transparency to symbol instances. (For more information on setting options for the symbolism tools, see the Illustrator 10 user guide.) We used the symbolism tools to build an abstract design. You can also use them to create natural-looking patterns--a field of flowers, for example, or clouds in the sky.
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