Updated: September 10th, 2014
1000s of vector symbols / shapes for Adobe Illustrator CC22014 CS6 CS5 CS4 CS3 CS2 CS1 10 as well as 17 - 10 etc, royalty free AI format designs including spirals, Christmas diamonds, embellishments etc
Freebie symbols for Illustrator
Editing the Illustrator symbols
The designs 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 symbol as well as modify the paths - such as distorting the design 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 design, 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 symbol command on the control bar. You don't have to edit the instance to modify it, you can also apply live effects such as 3D extrude without changing the source Ai shape.
Loading shapes into Illustrator
The format for Adobe ® Illustrator is AI and this is used for brushes, as well as shapes. You can open the file and modify the source tiles. You can also open the file and use as tiles by selecting the AI document via the palette. Only when you actually select the designs are they added to the current document and they can then be modified within that document and saved with the current document. They are all vectors for any size of work.
Examples of use
The presets can be used to create items for sale such as templates, books, logos, adverts, packaging, records, videos and much more - if you have any questions, please contact us. If you would like to see thumbnail galleries of any of the sets, please contact us as well and we will send them on as well as more samplers.
Many uses of the shapes
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 symbols 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 palette. 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 designs in the palette 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. Combine colorful effects with the appearance palette.
You can also use the designs with the new tiles editor with CC CS6, as well as use the as mapping artwork with extruded paths and much more.
All the shapes are saved in version 10 format though if you wish to re-edit the sets, you can save them in your current version's file type (I save them in 10 for maximum use - they were were added to AI in version 10 (a long time ago now it seems). The Illustrator designs can be applied either by dragging the design from the palette to the artboard or they can be applied via the powerful sprayer tool. They can also be converted to use as brushes and more - so they are not just limited to shapes format. You can also use them in some of the effects tools from graphicxtras
Combine effects with the symbols via appearance palette
They can be modified by using the isolation mode but if you want to superficially modify the shapes without a fundamental change to the artwork, appearance palette is the best approach. Select the symbol and then go to the appearance palette and the right side menu.
Control bar for Adobe ® Illustrator presets
You can modify a number settings for the selected symbol via the control bar such as edit, break link, reset and replace (as below) as well as give the instance a name
Tutorials for Illustrator symbols
How to add additional colors to shape decorative graphics, especially useful if you don't want to use the default color scheme for the design
If you have 100s of symbols libraries, it can be quite slow to load them via the window menu or via the palette load menu. Here is a video showing how to quickly look through all the libraries