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Using pictures as chart elements

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A well-designed chart is, by its very nature, colorful, easy to read--a lot easier than the data for many of us. But you still might want to enliven it even further by including a clip art image or a photograph as part of a chart, not necessarily of the perimeter or the plotting area, but the actual columns or bars or even wedges of a pie. Let's take a look at how this works. The process begins with, for example, in the lower-left corner, suppose we'd like to see instead of the columns, or one of the blue set of columns, how about an image here? Maybe this particular data is about vehicles or cars, and maybe we want to introduce a little bit of whimsy as well.

Using pictures as chart elements

A well-designed chart is, by its very nature, colorful, easy to read--a lot easier than the data for many of us. But you still might want to enliven it even further by including a clip art image or a photograph as part of a chart, not necessarily of the perimeter or the plotting area, but the actual columns or bars or even wedges of a pie. Let's take a look at how this works. The process begins with, for example, in the lower-left corner, suppose we'd like to see instead of the columns, or one of the blue set of columns, how about an image here? Maybe this particular data is about vehicles or cars, and maybe we want to introduce a little bit of whimsy as well.

Let's click one of the blue columns and click in the chart. You see how all three of them are selected at once. Now on the Layout tab in the Ribbon, if you choose Picture, and this seems like we're going in the right direction, possibly you could use a photograph like this. Now these are the standard ones available, and you could certainly find others, depending on what you might have on a flash drive or on your C drive, whatever. You can easily choose one of these. However, if you do choose one, I'm choosing this right now, the Chrysanthemum, you choose Insert, just do a simple Insert, it covers the entire chart.

That's not what we want to do. Ctrl+Z. Strangely enough, we're going to get there faster if we simply right-click on the blue columns and go to Format Data Series. And we can fill that series with a solid color, a gradient color, lots of choices here. How about Picture or texture fill? And the last time this was used, apparently, on this particular PC, someone did fill in some colors, of light tan, so that's what we see. That's simply the last one that had been used.

We could go to file and choose something here. Why don't we choose the Chrysanthemum and see how that's going to look? And Insert. That's probably not a great choice here, and besides I suggest that maybe we want to use a car here. Now there could be a picture of a car on a file. I'm not sure how good that would look. I don't think the penguins would look so good here either. We could try that one. Well, maybe, depending on the nature of the content. But let's jump into clip art and see what we could find--and of course, thousands of choices out here. Presumably, you're looking for something that's pertinent to the particular kind of data.

I'm going to just type in the word 'car' here, and there's sort of a cartoonish car right here. Maybe choose this and OK. Now that's all squat and doesn't look very good, so what might we do with this? We could certainly leave it that way, but I don't think so. Stack, let's try Stack right here. It stacks the car. If the proportions aren't the way you would like them be, you can stack and scale them in different ways, but let's say that doesn't look too bad. And I think you just have to decide whether that tells the story. Are you going to be taken less seriously if you use an image like this? Is it too off-the-wall? Is it too non- standard, too non-businesslike? But at least you can see how that could be done.

You see a lot of these kinds of charts, for example, in the lower left-hand corner of typically USA Today newspaper. Americans are eating more potatoes, you'll see a stack of potatoes, that sort of thing. So you can insert clip art and/or images within chart elements. I doubt if the bar chart here in the middle is a good candidate for those because there are just too many bars there. Pie chart maybe not so good either, but let's, after selecting one of the wedges, right-click, and maybe format that. This time I'll try using that chrysanthemum. Maybe it will look okay there.

Now again, I'd be a little bit hard- pressed to tell you why that's a great choice. You can see what's happened automatically here. The car, since that was last used, that probably doesn't make much sense there either. How will this chrysanthemum look? There we go! So again, in context with the right kind of data here and there, that might make some sense. It's a relatively easy way to add a little bit of flair and pizzazz to certain kinds of charts.

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Excel 2007: Charts in Depth

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  1. 1m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      46s
  2. 22m 7s
    1. Identifying chart elements like plot area, chart area, gridlines, and legends
      5m 3s
    2. Selecting the right chart type
      8m 2s
    3. Understanding chart terminology
      6m 31s
    4. Understanding the Ribbon and the Design, Layout, and Format tabs
      2m 31s
  3. 16m 24s
    1. Selecting data to display as a chart
      6m 17s
    2. Creating charts instantly with shortcuts
      4m 33s
    3. Creating charts with standard menu commands
      2m 24s
    4. Creating presentation-ready charts with just a few adjustments
      3m 10s
  4. 28m 8s
    1. Switching rows and columns for a different view of the data
      3m 9s
    2. Setting a default chart type and creating a template
      3m 47s
    3. Dealing with empty and hidden cells
      4m 18s
    4. Choosing a chart layout
      4m 33s
    5. Choosing a chart style from 48 colorful variations
      3m 34s
    6. Changing the location of a chart
      3m 33s
    7. Moving and resizing a chart
      5m 14s
  5. 11m 25s
    1. Using pictures as chart elements
      3m 55s
    2. Adding shapes and arrows
      3m 37s
    3. Adding floating text and text boxes
      3m 53s
  6. 33m 45s
    1. Adding, editing, and removing chart titles
      3m 15s
    2. Adding horizontal and vertical titles
      3m 56s
    3. Linking titles to content
      2m 32s
    4. Showing numbers of different scales
      4m 38s
    5. Specifying the position of tick marks and axis labels
      2m 41s
    6. Changing the numeric format on labels
      5m 34s
    7. Adding, editing, and removing legends
      3m 19s
    8. Adding and editing data labels
      4m 40s
    9. Showing the source of a chart's data
      3m 10s
  7. 8m 13s
    1. Modifying axis scaling
      3m 50s
    2. Working with gridlines
      4m 23s
  8. 12m 53s
    1. Analyzing existing and future data with trendlines
      4m 2s
    2. Adding drop lines
      3m 14s
    3. Adding high-low lines and up-down bars
      1m 39s
    4. Adding error bars
      3m 58s
  9. 9m 13s
    1. Selecting shape fill and outline
      3m 3s
    2. Adding shape effects
      3m 19s
    3. Applying WordArt styles
      2m 51s
  10. 16m 33s
    1. Formatting lines and borders
      4m 24s
    2. Filling an area with a color gradient
      2m 7s
    3. Specifying line style, color, and weight
      2m 46s
    4. Working with chart text
      3m 40s
    5. Changing the rotation of chart text
      3m 36s
  11. 38m 39s
    1. Using column and bar charts
      7m 24s
    2. Using line charts
      5m 46s
    3. Using pie charts
      8m 37s
    4. Using area, stock, and XY charts
      9m 3s
    5. Using doughnut, bubble, and radar charts
      7m 49s
  12. 10m 55s
    1. Pasting new data into a chart
      2m 58s
    2. Creating charts from multiple data sources
      3m 39s
    3. Adding new data using a table
      4m 18s
  13. 6m 19s
    1. Printing charts
      6m 19s
  14. 19s
    1. Next steps
      19s

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