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Changing the Graph Type settings

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Video: Changing the Graph Type settings

In this exercise, I'm going to tour you through the other options that are available to you in the Graph Type dialog box. I'm still working inside of Baby's first column graph.ai. I am going to go ahead and click on a graph to select it here inside the illustration window, press Ctrl+H--or Command+H on the Mac--to hide the selection edges, and then right-click anywhere inside the illustration window. It doesn't matter if you right-click on a graph or not, to bring up that Shortcut menu and choose the Type command. Now, I've already shown you how these icons allow you to switch the graph variety, the kind of graph that you're working with.

Changing the Graph Type settings

In this exercise, I'm going to tour you through the other options that are available to you in the Graph Type dialog box. I'm still working inside of Baby's first column graph.ai. I am going to go ahead and click on a graph to select it here inside the illustration window, press Ctrl+H--or Command+H on the Mac--to hide the selection edges, and then right-click anywhere inside the illustration window. It doesn't matter if you right-click on a graph or not, to bring up that Shortcut menu and choose the Type command. Now, I've already shown you how these icons allow you to switch the graph variety, the kind of graph that you're working with.

These other options are a little more nuanced, sometimes; some of them are quite dreadful. Actually, this is a great example of a dreadful setting right here, Add Drop Shadow. I want you to see how that looks. I'll go ahead and turn on Add Drop Shadow, and let's try out a few other things. I am going to add the legend across the top. So instead of seeing the legend over here on the right-hand side, we'll see it along the top of the graph. I'll also say, instead of having the value axis, the percentage points over here on the left-hand side, you can put them on the right-hand side or you can put them on both sides.

Let's do that, just to see what it looks like. I'll click OK, just so that we can get a first sense of what's going on here. So there is the legend at the top. There's the value axis over here on the left-hand side and the right-hand side, and there are those utterly horrible drop shadows. Notice that you have no control over them whatsoever. They're always black and they appear up and to the right, which is just crazy. Anyway, you don't want those. If you want to add a drop shadow, by all means go for it, but use the Drop Shadow effect under the Effect menu instead.

All right, I am going to right-click once again and choose the Type command, and let's go ahead and reset a few of these options. I am going to switch the Value Axis back to the left side. I'm going to turn off the drop shadow, but of course. I'm going to set the legend back where it was. So instead of having the legend across the top, the other alternative is that it appears on the right-hand side. I'll show you also, you can manually move the legend around if you want to. We'll see that in a future exercise. Notice down here at the bottom, we've got these options, these numerical options: Column Width and Cluster Width. Now, what that means, the cluster width is the width of all the columns together.

So if it was set to 100%--I'll go ahead and take it up to 100% for a moment-- then the 2012 columns would touch the 2022 columns, like so. I'll go ahead and click OK so you can see what that looks like. Notice that there's no space between the bars anymore. I'll right-click again, choose the Type command again. And this time in order to get a sense of what the column width looks like--and it's kind of silly that I keep moving the dialog box, because there is no preview to check out in the background here. But I do want you to be able to very easily see the difference between the graph that you're seeing now on screen and the one that you see after I click the OK button.

All right, let's say I decide to take the Column Width value down to 50%. That means that each one of the columns is going to be 50% of its current 100% width. So I'll click OK, and notice that the columns shrink, but they're evenly spaced because the Cluster Width is set to 100%. All right! Now, I'll go ahead and right-click. Choose Type again. This gets very fun after a while to have to choose that command over and over. Imagine now that I take the Cluster Width value down to say 80%, and then I'll increase the Column Width to 120%.

You can go beyond 100 if you want to. Notice that it says First Column in Front; the First Column in Front check box is turned on. I'll click OK, and notice now that these columns overlap each other. Because they're 120% thick, they're spaced between one group of columns, one cluster and the next, because I took that Cluster value down to 80%. But let's say we want the Peace bars to be on top instead of the Harmony bars. Well, then you'd right-click again, choose Type of course, and then you turn off First Column in Front. Click OK.

That means the last column becomes in front. So either the first column is in front or the last column; you cannot set one of the middle columns in front. And you end up getting this effect here. So different ways to work. None of these are really what I'm looking for, so I'll right-click, choose Type again, and I'm going to go ahead and reset these values to the way they were. I'll change the Column Width value to 100 and the Cluster Width value to 90%. Because the columns aren't going to be overlapping each other, it doesn't matter what the First Column in Front check box is set to. All right, so let's check out a few of the other options.

I am going to switch over to Value Axis, and you can override the calculated values. So we're looking at the Value Axis, which is over here on the left-hand side, the percentage points, and currently the Minimum percentage is 0 and the Maximum is 10. And that's something that Illustrator has determined automatically for us based on the values that we're graphing. Well, you can override that information. Notice that the distance between these values is not very significant. The people of our island here have been very high on the Peace, Joy, Harmony index for a long time--ever since 2012 when the island was first invented, and so we need to be able to stretch out these differences.

So I am going to turn on Override Calculated Values, and I'm going to change the Minimum value to 80. And I will leave Maximum at 100, that's just fine, because you can't go beyond 100%. And then, I'll dial in some random Divisions value, let's say 6. We'll see what that looks like. And then I'm going to change the length of the Tick Marks from Short--and the Tick Marks are these little guys right here on the left-hand side of the graph-- I am going to change them from Short to Full Width. Then you can draw in a certain number of tick marks per division as well. So in other words, instead of just seeing one tick mark per every numerical label here, you can see many more.

We're not going to do that, however, so I'll just go ahead and click OK to see what this looks like. We end up getting these tick marks that go across the full width of the graph. That's great! I've also restored my column widths, as you can see. So the columns inside of a cluster touch each other, because they are 100% thick, but the clusters themselves leave a little bit of room, because they're 90%. However, because I started at 80 and ended at 100 and I have these six divisions in between, we end up getting this ludicrous amount of distinction here. And Illustrator adds all these decimal places, because after all, 83.333333 involves an infinite series of 3s after the decimal point.

So anyway, it's my fault. I need to change the number of divisions. So I'll right-click, once again, choose the Type command, and I'll switch from Graph Options to Value Axis, and the number of divisions we really need to make things work out is 5. So I'll just take that one down and click OK, and sure enough, that absolutely resolves our problem. And these are the five divisions, by the way. 80 is our starting point, then and 84 is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, up here to 100, just something to bear in mind when you are trying to figure out divisions of your own.

All right! Now, I'm going to right- click, choose the Type command. There is one more group of settings we can edit, and that's the options for the Category Axis. The Category Axis, by the way, is going to be the bottom axis in this chart-- that is to say the years. And right now we have short little tick marks that are located in the centers of the clusters. So we can't see them; they're covered up by the bars. But you can move them if you want to. Instead of having them be centered, you could say, you know, I want the tick marks to appear between the labels and you know what, I want them to be the full width. Notice it says Width. It really means height, but that's okay.

The full width will make these lines a full height of the graph. Now, I'll click OK, and we'll end up getting this effect here. So the tick mark has moved in between the clusters, like so, and it is now the full width--that is, height--of the chart. All right, I don't want that though, so I am going to just go ahead and right-click, choose Type, and I am going to switch back to Category Axis, and I'm going to go ahead and turn off Draw tick marks between labels. That will center those tick marks and they'll appear right through the center of each cluster, like so. Again, not exactly what I'm looking for, but I just want you to see how it works.

Right-click again, choose Type. Here is what I am looking for, what I had before, in fact. I'll go ahead and switch to Category Axis, and I'll set the Length, which is really the height, to Short, and then I'll click OK. And that is the initial graph. That's how I want to position things at the beginning here. That isn't the final effect we're going for, of course. In the next exercise, I'll show you yet another way to modify graphs automatically inside of Illustrator, and that's by adjusting the data.

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Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 37m 22s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Linking AI and EPS files to Illustrator
      6m 34s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      7m 43s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      6m 56s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 56s
    6. The color settings explained
      7m 4s
    7. Preserve Numbers vs. embedded profiles
      3m 24s
  2. 1h 35m
    1. My favorite features in all of Illustrator
      1m 21s
    2. Introducing the Transform effect
      5m 30s
    3. Repeating the last effect you applied
      4m 52s
    4. Applying multiple passes of a single effect
      5m 21s
    5. The wonders of editing dynamic artwork
      7m 13s
    6. Applying effects inside effects
      5m 11s
    7. Assigning an effect to an entire layer
      5m 42s
    8. Building a complex bevel effect
      5m 44s
    9. Placing artwork as a Photoshop Smart Object
      4m 55s
    10. Editing that Smart Object in Illustrator
      4m 21s
    11. Rotating continuously overlapping objects
      5m 34s
    12. Adjusting a dynamic transformation origin
      6m 22s
    13. Vector vs. raster effects
      5m 46s
    14. Introducing the Scribble effect
      5m 23s
    15. Copying effects between layers
      4m 20s
    16. Introducing Graphic Styles
      6m 50s
    17. Controlling the Filter Gallery preview
      2m 28s
    18. Document Raster Effects Settings
      4m 31s
    19. Combining and saving styles
      4m 32s
  3. 1h 25m
    1. Airbrushing with points and handles
      1m 45s
    2. Introducing the gradient mesh
      6m 10s
    3. Working with the Mesh tool
      6m 12s
    4. Lifting colors from a tracing template
      5m 47s
    5. Finessing the colors of mesh points
      4m 17s
    6. Creating a mesh with the Mesh tool
      7m 19s
    7. Adding a gradient mesh to a circle
      4m 37s
    8. Adding a gradient mesh to a slender shape
      8m 7s
    9. Creating soft and sharp transitions
      6m 56s
    10. Converting a linear gradient to a mesh
      7m 29s
    11. Editing a linear gradient mesh
      5m 6s
    12. Converting a radial gradient to a mesh
      8m 19s
    13. Editing a radial gradient mesh
      8m 15s
    14. Creating credible cast shadows
      5m 32s
  4. 1h 15m
    1. The best of static and dynamic adjustments
      58s
    2. Adding wings to a horse in Photoshop
      6m 52s
    3. Introducing the Warp tool
      6m 29s
    4. Brush size, Detail, and Simplify
      8m 24s
    5. The Twirl, Pucker, and Bloat tools
      6m 13s
    6. The Scallop, Crystallize, and Wrinkle tools
      5m 55s
    7. Creating a mind-blowing custom starburst
      4m 29s
    8. Introducing Envelope Distort
      5m 21s
    9. Editing the contents of an envelope
      5m 20s
    10. Warping an envelope mesh
      5m 20s
    11. Liquifying the contents of an envelope
      7m 7s
    12. Creating and editing an envelope mesh
      7m 59s
    13. Blending an envelope into a background
      4m 35s
  5. 2h 1m
    1. Outlines along a path
      1m 13s
    2. Weaving a pattern throughout an illustration
      6m 24s
    3. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 21s
    4. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      8m 28s
    5. Applying and scaling art brushes
      6m 6s
    6. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 29s
    7. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 40s
    8. Editing the path outlines of an art brush
      6m 2s
    9. Replacing an existing art brush
      6m 46s
    10. Creating and refining an art brush
      8m 3s
    11. Tiling pattern vs. pattern brushes
      5m 12s
    12. Creating a pattern brush
      8m 20s
    13. Designing the perfect side pattern
      7m 1s
    14. Start, end, and corner tiles
      8m 58s
    15. Expanding and filling brush outlines
      6m 49s
    16. Text brushes vs. type on a path
      6m 55s
    17. Combining a text brush with the Width tool
      8m 43s
    18. Introducing the bristle brushes
      5m 43s
    19. Adjusting the hairs in a bristle brush
      5m 24s
  6. 1h 32m
    1. Charts can be beautiful
      1m 17s
    2. Adding a gradient mesh to a complex path
      8m 9s
    3. Importing and graphing data
      5m 22s
    4. Switching between the kinds of graphs
      6m 8s
    5. Changing the Graph Type settings
      8m 7s
    6. Correcting and editing data
      6m 51s
    7. Selecting and coloring graph elements
      6m 29s
    8. Making nuanced changes to a graph
      8m 6s
    9. The pitfalls of manual adjustments
      8m 45s
    10. Creating and applying graph designs
      6m 28s
    11. Making a basic pictograph
      6m 47s
    12. Assembling sliding graph designs
      8m 33s
    13. Making last-minute tweaks and edits
      5m 37s
    14. Composing and customizing a graph
      5m 44s
  7. 2h 6m
    1. Perspective is all about real life
      1m 44s
    2. Assembling an isometric projection
      8m 5s
    3. Introducing Illustrator's Perspective Grid
      6m 8s
    4. Drawing a basic perspective cube
      8m 1s
    5. One-point, two-point, and three-point perspective
      8m 25s
    6. Creating automatically scaling box labels
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up a Perspective Grid
      6m 45s
    8. Perspective Grid tips and tricks
      6m 39s
    9. Drawing and editing a perspective shape
      5m 20s
    10. Shifting between planes on the fly
      5m 24s
    11. Creating a freeform shape in perspective
      7m 8s
    12. Working with perspective symbols
      8m 57s
    13. Matching perspective with the Shear tool
      2m 50s
    14. Rendering an off-plane path in perspective
      5m 7s
    15. Replicating symbols in perspective
      8m 12s
    16. Mass-modifying perspective instances
      2m 56s
    17. Adding and editing perspective text
      5m 37s
    18. Duplicating perpendicular shapes
      7m 17s
    19. Adjusting multiple shapes on a single plane
      4m 48s
    20. Creating a perspective column
      9m 23s
    21. Duplicating a series of perspective paths
      3m 20s
  8. 1h 25m
    1. Just another dynamic effect
      1m 10s
    2. Introducing the 3D Revolve effect
      5m 1s
    3. The 3D Revolve settings
      7m 24s
    4. Fixing 3D rendering problems
      6m 32s
    5. Establishing symbols for 3D art
      6m 50s
    6. Mapping symbols onto 3D surfaces
      6m 14s
    7. Adjusting shading and light
      6m 25s
    8. Toning down 3D art in Photoshop
      5m 43s
    9. Adding a photographic texture
      7m 36s
    10. Converting from Illustrator paths to Photoshop masks
      4m 50s
    11. Making 3D droplets in Photoshop
      5m 58s
    12. Unifying textures with Smart Filters
      5m 48s
    13. Creating 3D type with Extrude & Bevel
      6m 44s
    14. Coloring and correcting extruded edges
      9m 15s
  9. 1h 3m
    1. Take action today, save effort tomorrow
      33s
    2. Introducing the Actions panel
      4m 16s
    3. Initiating a new action
      5m 33s
    4. Recording a practical action
      4m 56s
    5. Four ways to play an action
      4m 27s
    6. Streamlining by disabling dialog boxes
      5m 48s
    7. Editing an action set in a text editor
      7m 20s
    8. Inserting an unresponsive menu item
      6m 16s
    9. Match-processing a folder of files
      5m 42s
    10. Recording a transformation sequence
      6m 11s
    11. Editing and troubleshooting an action
      5m 6s
    12. Recording actions within actions
      7m 21s
  10. 1m 36s
    1. See Ya
      1m 36s

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