Separating Symbols to use different parameters


(Nathan Smith) #1

Hello all,

My first time posting here so bear with me please.

I’ve created a “symbol” of an animated virus for a banner ad. This symbol virus has tentacles that increase/decrease in size and loop via the timeline to look like they’re getting longer/shorter. The problem is when I make a copy of the symbol and apply a “z rotation” to one of the copies of the symbol, it affects all of my symbols and not just the one I want rotated differently than the rest. Also, if I try to change the name of one of the copies, it changes the name of all of my symbols.

So what I’m asking, is there a way to separate symbols to have them move independently from each other.

Please help.


#2

If you rotate the symbol without entering it, it will only modify the ‘instance’ of the symbol you’re working with. So:

  • Entering a symbol (you see a purple bar) modifies all instances
  • Outside of a symbol, your positioning, scale, and rotation will only affect the single instance of the symbol (no purple bar)

If you have a single symbol you want to split into two separate symbols, you can ‘duplicate’ a symbol by selecting it in the resource library, and clicking ‘Duplicate Symbol’ at the bottom.