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2.3 Creating and editing symbols

It’s time to meet Symbols! Learn how to save and reuse common elements across your designs — and make your workflow so much more speedy.

Key learnings

  • With Symbols, you can reuse key components anywhere in your document.

  • The Symbol Source is the original element which you then replicate across your document. Any changes you make to the Symbol Source will reflect in all of its copies.

  • Symbol instances are the copies of the Symbol Source. You can edit an individual instance without affecting the rest of the copies.

  • To create a Symbol, select a group, Artboard, or a selection of layers and choose Create Symbol and press Y on your keyboard.

Lesson files

  • How do you duplicate a document?

    To duplicate a document to your Workspace, click on Three dots in the top bar and choose Duplicate to My Drafts. Have fun!


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Joseph Todaro

Head of Video at Sketch

Joseph is our Head of Video at Sketch. He brings over a decade of product, design, and education experience. Before joining Sketch, he was a Senior Product Designer at InVision and was also responsible for the design education courses for InVision Studio and DSM.

While designing in-flight entertainment software at Fuse IFX, he migrated his team to Sketch – a tool that would go on to change the way he works. Eventually, he founded as a side project to share his knowledge and passion for the tool.

Joseph currently teaches UI and UX design at the Laguna College of Art and Design. He continues to share resources with the design community through projects like,, and

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