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Composing and customizing a graph

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I've saved my progress as All birds are go.ai. In this exercise, we're going to take this birds graph right here, and we're going to introduce it into the final island background. So if you're working along with me, make sure that you have this illustration open, as well as this one: it's called Lonely island.ai. It's everything that we saw at the outset of this chapter, except for the graph itself. All right, so I'm going to go back to All birds are go.ai and I'm going to click anywhere on the graph with my Black Arrow tool to select the entire thing. Then I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose the Copy command, or press Ctrl+C. Now I'll switch over to Lonely island.ai, and I want you to click on this line of text right here, the one that says Percentage Of The Population Purporting To Be: Go and select that. It is the one and only object on this graph layer inside the Layers panel.

Composing and customizing a graph

I've saved my progress as All birds are go.ai. In this exercise, we're going to take this birds graph right here, and we're going to introduce it into the final island background. So if you're working along with me, make sure that you have this illustration open, as well as this one: it's called Lonely island.ai. It's everything that we saw at the outset of this chapter, except for the graph itself. All right, so I'm going to go back to All birds are go.ai and I'm going to click anywhere on the graph with my Black Arrow tool to select the entire thing. Then I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose the Copy command, or press Ctrl+C. Now I'll switch over to Lonely island.ai, and I want you to click on this line of text right here, the one that says Percentage Of The Population Purporting To Be: Go and select that. It is the one and only object on this graph layer inside the Layers panel.

Then go to the flyout menu and make sure Paste Remembers layers is turned off; that way we can go ahead and paste the graph onto this existing layer inside of this illustration. Assuming it's turned off, then I want to go to the Edit menu and choose the Paste in Back command, or press Ctrl+B, Command+B on a Mac, and you go ahead and paste the graph in back of that text. It's also in back of the island, by the way. And it's fairly hidden by the island, so what I would recommend you do for now is go ahead and turn off the Title & Island layer, so that you can better see what's going on inside of your graph.

And you might want to go ahead and lock down ocean and sky, like so, so click in that Lock column right there. Then go ahead and zoom into your illustration, and I want to move things over to about here. So in other words, that final blue column cuts through the R in Percentage, and the top of the orange column is about even with the underside of the text. That's where the graph needs to be. Now, a couple of changes that I want to make here. I'm going to go ahead and click off the graph with my Black Arrow tool, grab my Group Selection tool of course, and I'm going to click on this little tick mark right there. I'm going to click 1, 2, 3 times in order to select that entire category axis, and I'm going to Shift+Click on the Vertical value axis to select it as well. And let's go and change the color of that stroke from black to white, and I'm also going to change the line weight from 1 point to 0.5 and press the Enter key, or the Return key on a Mac.

Now I'm going to go ahead and select all this text by marqueeing it; that's just the easiest way to work. So I'll go ahead and marquee the percentages, Shift+ marquee the years, go ahead and Shift+ marquee this legend text as well, and let's change all of that text to white. In my case, the fill is active here in the Swatches panel, so I'm just going to click on the white swatch. And all that text changes to white as well. And I'm going to re-marquee this Value axis text here, the 80 through 100, and I'm going to press Shift+Left arrow a couple of times and Shift+Up arrow once as well, in order to nudge that text over to the left and upward just ever so slightly.

All right, now I'll click off the text to deselect it. The only thing left to do is to move these legend items around little bit. So I'm going to go ahead and marquee all them and drag them to this point over here, just to get them out of the way, and then I'll turn on the Title & Island layer, so I can once again see what I'm doing. Now, what I want to do is horizontally align these items with each other, and I'll show you how I'm going to do that. I'm going to click off the items to deselect them, and then I'll marquee around the blue hummingbird and the word Peaceful, like so. In order to get this marquee to workout properly, I'll press Ctrl+K, Command+K on the Mac and I'll show you in the Selection and Anchor Point Display area the Preferences dialog box, I've got Object Selection by Path Only turned on--very important--and then if I switch to Type, I've got Type Object Selection by Path Only turned off.

In that way, I can marquee through the center of the Text and still selected and this is the default setting. So it should be set that way for you as well. Anyway I'm going to cancel it out, and I'm going to press Ctrl+Y, Command+ Y on a Mac, so that I'm working in the Outline mode. And I'm going to go ahead and drag his bottom-right corner of the square once again so that it snaps into alignment with the bottom-right corner of the Joyful square, of the one that's associated with the orange hummingbird. And then I'll double-click on the Group Selection tool in the toolbox, and I'm going to change the Horizontal value to -86 and the Vertical value to zero.

And these are just values that I came up with through trial and error, of course, and then I'll press the Tab key in order to invoke that modification, assuming that the Preview check box is on, and I'll click OK. Now I'm going to grab this guy right here by marqueeing it. This would be the Green Hummingbird of course, the one associated with Living in Harmony, and I'll grab its bottom-right corner and I'll snap it into alignment with the similar Joyful corner right there, the one that's associated with the orange hummingbird once again. And I'll double- click on the Group Selection tool inside the toolbox, and this time I'm going to change the Horizontal value to 72 and the Vertical value to zero.

So +72 for Horizontal, zero for Vertical, and assuming Preview is turned on, you'll see this modification here. Click OK in order to accept the change. Press Ctrl+Y, Command+Y on the Mac, to see what you've done. Now notice that the Harmony text is sticking outside of the artboard. That's no good. So I'll go ahead and marquee these items, like so. And if you're having problems also selecting the island, then just go and lock it down. Might as well lock mine down right now, so I don't have any issues. And I'm going to go ahead and drag this legend text up to about here, I think looks pretty good. And I'll go ahead and zoom out from the illustration and center the illustration on screen as well. I just want to make sure I have the proper placement. I'm going to click off the graph in order to deselect it.

And there we have the final pictograph set against its style and elegant background, created using what is admittedly one of the oldest, most rickety features in all Illustrator in just the same, and even so, it might be the best designers graphing tool in the business.

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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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