How to change color of a symbol in Illustrator tutorial

How to change the color of a symbol in Illustrator CC CS6 CS5 CS4 etc.

Change color of Illustrator symbol

how to change the color of symbols in Illustrator tutorial
  1. Double click an Illustrator symbol instance (one you wish to change the color of)

  2. Select the paths (in the symbol editing mode)

  3. Change the color of the symbol

  4. Right click and select exit symbol editing mode



Video tutorial on the subject by (youtube)


There are two types of vector design now (if you are using the latest versions): static and dynamic.


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Change color of the instance via editing mode : fillTo change the color (fill or stroke) of a static art, drag the art to the document to create an instance or double click the panel entry. A panel pops up and click OK. You are now in the editor mode for the instance. Select the part of the design you want to re-color and go to the swatches or to the toolbar and fill / stroke or top bar. Set the fill by clicking a swatch / toolbar fill / top bar fill (make certain the panel for the color is set to the fill ). Set the stroke color by going to the same panels / toobar but selecting the panel for the stroke. Right click and select "exit symbol editing mode'. The instance is now updated as well as the master.


Color guide to modify the instance : color guideYou can also modify the fill etc of a selected instance by using the color guide


Select instance and then go to the window menu and select the color guide. In the guide, click bottom line 'edit or apply colors' and select an active in the top bar dropdown of the guide panel such as high contrast.


Click the button in the middle of the guide to updating the ordering. Click and repeat and you will see the fill etc of the artwork change. Click ok when you have finished with the guide panel. . You will now see the instances have been changed and also the master preset in the panel


Stainer approach : stainerYou can also use the stainer to the adjust the fill of the instance - it does not need to be used solely with the sprayer and it can be used with lone instances as well


Select instance and go to the toolbar and sprayer tool. Go to the stainer in the same group. Set the fill color (doesn't appear to work with strokes). Double click the stainer tool to change options such as intensity etc. Click or paint over the instance with the stainer tool. You will now see the instance has been updated but the master is untouched. You can repeat this at any time


If you are using the latest versions of AI, you can use the dynamic feature so please check out that tutorial.


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