Illustrator Symbols for CC 2015 CS6 CS5 CS4 etc royalty free shapes for all projects > BEST Illustrator symbols / shapes for CC CS6 CS5 CS4 2015 exciting spirals, rosettes, hearts, floral etc

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Illustrator symbols / shapes

Video Tutorials

Changing symbols to dynamic status in Illustrator video tutorial

Adding presets using the sprayer tool in the toolbar video tutorial

Combining transformation live effects and symbols in Illustrator to create new designs video tutorial


How can I use them

Full extended license. The presets can be used to create items for sale such as templates, books, logos, adverts, hats, fashions, scrap booking, create new items for sale, selling items on Zazzle, selling items on Cafepress, t-shirts, mouse mats, cards, packaging, records, videos and much more - if you have any questions, please contact us. You can see the thumbnail galleries of all the items included in the sets on most of the product pages. Commercial use, all royalty free, world wide use, no credit is required, no restrictions, no time limits. All are by


If you want other examples, please e-mail us. There are also some free samplers via the links above


What do I get with the set

When you purchase the Illustrator symbols set, you receive them via a zip file sent by Once you have expanded the set, you will find the AI files along with the documentation and gallery and serial.


How to load them

There are many different sets and they all include many different colorful artworks with that theme. The AI documents can be placed in any folder but if you wish to quickly access the shapes then place them into the folder path (either in the en_US or en_GB section - in my case). Once there, the artwork files can be quickly accessed via the right side menu dropdown of the panel. If you are happy to leave the files in any location then you will have to use the browse functionality and look for other libraries (generally, I do that as I have all my AI documents in a central location).


Once loaded, the shapes are not actually in use until they are selected and placed in the current document's library and they are then saved with the other add-ons and artwork for the file.


Many of the source files include the shapes in the panel as well as in multiple artboards and the source artwork can be modified and re-saved as a new preset. All can be modified by effects, they can also be re-colored, modified, warped and much more. All the sets on this site were saved to AI 10 format as that is the earliest format for those presets.


How to edit them

They can all be edited in Adobe AI by double clicking the instance. Once you are in edit mode, you can then re-color the individual elements of the AI artwork as well as modify the paths - such as distorting them or rotating elements or adding new paths. They can be seen as a starting point for millions of stunning unique graphics. Once you have finished modifying the artwork, right click and select exit isolation mode. You can also exit the isolation mode via the arrows on the top left of the document. You can also edit the shapes by selecting the presets and then using the edit command on the control bar.


You don't have to edit the instance to modify it, you can also add live effects such as 3D extrude without changing the source Ai shape.


Symbol Stipple plugin

There are many different plugin sets available but one of the more powerful tools to create all kinds of amazing artworks is the symbol stipple which can be found in the stipplism set from Astute Graphics. To use the features of the plugin you need to create a few designs to add to the panel and once they are in the panel, you can use them in the plugin with the selected path or paths.


For example if you want to create a random number filled object then create the numbers (1 2 3 4 etc) though you can add more 1 or 2s as you wish or exclude them. The key thing is one of the numbers need to be added to the symbol's panel (say 1). You can then select the other numbers and go to the object menu and select the create variants and these will also be added to the panel but they will be related to the initial preset. Select a path such as a rectangle and then run the plugin via the effect menu and select the symbol stipple plugin. You can then randomize the designs via the seed as well as control the density and also vary the scaling and also vary the rotation and colorize the presets. The entire path will then be filled with random numbers 1 2 3 4 5 9 7 6 5 3 2 7 3 7 4 8 9 etc and will be spread through the selected artwork in different sizes and angles (if set). How to create a random number fill tutorial (youtube).


The plugin can also be used with much more than just random numbers such as random letters or different sized dots or different angled objects or perhaps images of people or perhaps opacity filled objects to create a painted look to an object and so on. Literally, millions of great designs can be created.


How to add extrudes / 3D effects to them

You can add all kinds of live effects to artwork in AI. Select an instance and then go to the effect menu and add a 3D extrude effect. This works fine generally if this is a very basic shape but if the instance contains multiple paths, the results can vary a lot depending on the arrangement etc of the individual paths. You can double click on the item and arrange the items, perhaps re-color parts or combine all the paths and then use the 3D effects and more. You can then save any of the results as a new preset for use in future projects or perhaps combine it with more effects as well as additional fills and strokes


How to export them

The AI format is not particularly accessible in that many apps and if you want to use them as shapes then they are not accessible in any other app other than AI CC 2015 CS6 CS5 etc. So you will have to save them as SVG or PDF or PNG etc and this can be done via the save / export etc commands. Converting Symbols to PDF PNG SVG in Illustrator Tutorial


How to copy them for use in Logoist and Affinity etc

You can use these artworks in many other apps and not just AI. A quick and simple way to load them into some apps is to select the item and then drag the item to the desktop or another folder and a picture clip will be stored (on the pc). You can then drag that into some apps such as Logoist and use it as a vector and add effects etc. You can also copy the same artworks via the pasteboard to the Affinity Photo and designer. You can then use them as standard vectors. Copying for use in logoist tutorial


How to combine them via the appearance panel

They can be modified by using the isolation mode but if you want to superficially modify the instance without a fundamental change to the artwork, appearance panel is the best approach. Select an instance and then go to the appearance panel and the right side menu and add fills and strokes as well as add effects via the live effects menu. You can add single fill as well as single stroke as well as multiple fills and strokes. You can also add effects to a particular fill and a particular stroke. You can move the attached stroke and fills and effects up and down the appearance panel. You can also store this preset as a new graphic style.


You can also add graphic styles to the shapes but they may require additional work such as moving fills and effects etc up and down the appearance panel.


How to use them as dynamic symbols

As they were created mainly with older AI versions then the sets on this site are not by default, dynamic symbols. You can still make them dynamic by it is a manual process. Select the preset in the panel you want to convert and then drag to the artboard and then use the break link command or the object menu and expand to make certain it is a standard path. You can then re-drag the path back into the preset panel and save the Illustrator symbol as a new dynamic one by selecting the dynamic option and you will then see a little plus sign on the icon for the preset. You can then use the preset on the artboard and re-color the work using the direct selection tool to select the fill etc and re-color


Control bar / options

You can modify a number of settings for the selected vector graphic via the control bar such as edit, break link, reset and replace as well as give the instance a name


Video tutorials - how to find out all about them

You can find more about them via the graphicxtras channel on youtube such as how to use them with appearances, how to blend them, how to edit them, how to use as new swatches, use them in Photoshop, use them as a source for brushes, how to recolor them, use them with third party plugins and many more. Any questions, please let us know


How to use them as a source for new resources

You don't have to use them as is, they can be used as all kinds of other resources. Add the item to the artboard and then select and drag into the swatches or drag into the brushes panel and they will be added to that panel and used with those specific tools. You may wish to expand the item via the object menu before you add them to those other preset's panels. You can re-color the paths, distort them, add additional paths, etc and then drag them into those other presets' panels. You can also use the pattern editor to create a vast range of variant artworks / tiles based on a single item from these sets.


You can also store the item into the creative cloud library and then use the same in Photoshop such as a source for ABR and PAT files in that app (if you are using Adobe CC 2014 2015 etc)


How to use them as normal paths

They can be used as is but you can just use them as normal paths. To use them as that, you can extract the shape from the instance by double clicking the instance and copying the item and then pasting back into the artboard. You can also simply expand via the object menu. Once expanded, you should be able to then modify the individual parts of the artwork. You can re-color the parts of the artwork as well as shift and transform and add and remove points to the path.


You can, of course, simply copy the item back into the presets panel