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



fill color change of color for symbols

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


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To 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 color by clicking a swatch / toolbar fill / top bar fill (make certain the panel for the color is set to the fill color). 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 and change color of symbolsYou can also change the color of a selected instance by using the color guide


Select symbol instance and then go to the Window menu and select the color guide. In the color guide, Click bottom line 'edit or apply colors' and Select an active colors in the top bar dropdown of the color guide panel such as high contrast 1. Click the button in the middle of the color guide 'randomly change color guide order'. Click and repeat and you will see the color of the symbol change. Click ok when you have finished with the color guide panel. . You will now see the instances have been changed and also the master preset in the panel


stainerYou can also use the stainer to the change the color 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 symbol instance and go to the toolbar and symbol sprayer tool. Go to the symbol stainer in the same group. Set the fill color (doesn't appear to work with strokes). Double click the symbol stainer tool to change options such as intensity etc. Click or paint over the symbol instance with the symbol stainer tool. The symbol instance color is changed or stained.


You can re-apply the color at any point by changing the color in the toolbar. You must select the symbol set or symbol instance or a message will appear. You can paint over or just click the item to change the color in Illustrator


If you are using the dynamic option, please check our tutorial on that subject for re-coloring


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