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Overlooked bug in Illustrator?

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Jan 24, 2024 Jan 24, 2024

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When you edit a nested dynamic symbol (dynamic symbol inside a dynamic symbol) by double-clicking it in the Symbols Panel, it works properly. But when you edit the symbol by drilling down (double-clicking) on the symbol in the artboard, it overrides all color changes to all dynamic instances.

 

To reproduce:

SETUP
1. create an object with BLACK fill

2. make it a dynamic symbol (symbol #1)

3. change the dynamic symbol's color to BLUE (direct select, do not edit the original symbol, just apply a "color variation")

4. make that (symbol #1) into another dynamic symbol (symbol #2)

5. symbol #1 (BLACK) should now be inside symbol #2 (BLUE). You will see two symbols in the panel BLACK and BLUE.


WHAT WORKS
6. edit the shape (not the color) of symbol #1 by double-clicking it from the Symbols Panel

7. exit out of edit mode. 

8. symbol #1 should still be BLACK, symbol #2 should still be BLUE


WHAT DOESN'T WORK
9. Double-click the symbol from the artboard to edit it.

10. you're now inside symbol #2, looking at symbol #1

11. double-click symbol #1 to edit it

12. change the shape (you don't even have to)

13. exit out of edit mode

14. symbol #1 should be BLACK, symbol #2 should also now be BLACK

I like opening a symbol from the artboard because it edits it in place and retains "Pixel Perfect" grid alignment. When you edit from the Symbols Panel, it just opens the symbol in a random place and is no longer aligned to the pixel grid.

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Jan 24, 2024 Jan 24, 2024

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I've been tinkering for hours before I made this post and I finally found a workaround. If you want to edit symbol #1 (or any symbol nested under other symbols), first drag that symbol to the artboard, now you're only editing 1 level deep. This way, you can edit nested symbols without overriding the color changes you've made to the instances.

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