Symbol patterns

Vector art needn't be simplistic if you're willing to combine Illustrator's functions in innovative ways. In this tutorial I will demonstrate how to use symbols and clipping masks to bring interesting textures into your illustration work.

When you store artwork as a symbol, you can add it to the artboard as an instance as many times as you like. One advantage of using instances is that they're more memory efficient. The processor only has to process the data once, because all instances refer back to the original in the Symbols palette, making functions such as printing or raster image processing when going to press faster and more efficient.

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