I have a quite complex draw in Illustrator (let’s say, lots of vectors and that), and I have to make a mosaic for printing a hole page of them.
It’s complex enough to be memory-heavy, so when I try to fill the page by copypasting them Illustrator runs out of memory.
Besides, there’s no need to create copies of the objects – I just want replicas of them which I won’t modify.
So I remembered Flash symbols, and that’s exactly what I want.
How can I get those in Illustrator? Can I convert my draw to a symbol? Rasterizing’s not an option.
Is there any better way to make a mosaic?
PS: I’ve seen in Does the usage of symbols improve illustrator performance? that they talk about symbols, but couldn’t find anything else about them.
Window > Symbols (Shift+Ctrl+F11)
It’s probably already open in a tab by your Swatches and Brushes
Then you can just select your objects as a group and drag them right onto that window and it will prompt you to make them into a Symbol as a Graphic or Movie Clip.