Using Adobe Illustrator: How to Make Symbols Transparent
If you’re new to working with symbols in Adobe Illustrator, read “Using Adobe Illustrator - Creating Symbols 101: Part 1” before doing this tutorial.
The Symbol Screener makes symbol instances transparent.
How to use the Symbol Screener:
1. Click any symbol in the symbol set to select the entire set. In this case, you can click any snowflake:
2. Do either one of two things:
A) Click and hold or drag on the Symbol Sprayer tool, or whatever tool is in its place, and select “Symbol Screener” in the pulldown menu:
B) Double-click the Symbol Sprayer tool, click on the Symbol Screener tool in the Symbolism Tools Options box, then click OK:
3. Make the symbols transparent or opaque.
To make symbol instances transparent:
Place your symbol sprayer cursor over any symbol instance:
With your symbol sprayer cursor, click this symbol instance to make it transparent. The longer you hold your mouse button down, the less visible the symbol instance will be:
To make symbol instances opaque:
Place your symbol sprayer cursor over any symbol instance that is already transparent:
With your symbol sprayer cursor, Option/Alt-click this symbol instance to make it opaque. The longer you hold your mouse button down, the more visible the symbol instance will be: