These Salesforce ERD symbols represent database or entity relationships. Each line connection is represented by a different symbol, which means the type of relationship that exists between the entities. Learn about the cardinality of each of these Salesforce ERD symbols. Using the advanced shape bar, you can change the shading of your entity objects. An entity is a piece of data from the dataset that appears as a shape on the canvas in this context. Entity relationships are represented as lines with special line endings called cardinalities, describing how two database elements interact.