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There are additional ways we can change some of the details of how our charts look. Let me go in here, select the entire chart and going up here to the Font menu, we can see that it's showing us Gill Sans Light but with nothing in the Size column. If I click-and-hold, we can see a dash next to three different sizes. That's letting us know that somewhere in the selection there are three different sizes and fonts being defined. I'm going to walk them all into 32, so I would pull down on 32 and release there. And I want to change the actual font to Regular rather than Light, just to give a little bit more punch. I think the way that that font looks better with the weight of those columns.
Now, you noticed my legend didn't change in this formatting. Like I said before, it's a separate element in some ways. So, I need to go down there to select that and I'll go up here and change that to Gill Sans Regular, so it matches. And I'll click off of there. Next, I would like to add some titles, just to drive the point home about what these axes are representing. So, I'll click on the chart and I'll go up here to the Y Axis pull-down. And you can see this selection called Show Title. If I release that, you will see I get a piece of text here that's asking me to put in a title.
So, I'll double-click there and select this text and I'll type in Power and hit Enter. It automatically formats that text to be vertical as you can see there and I'll click off of that. Now, I want to do the same for this Y Axis and this a two-axis chart, so it's a little bit different in most other charts, in that usually most charts only have one Y Axis that you need to label, but I want to label the second one as well and to do that, I'll go in here and click on this particular axis separately and you can see now I have a separate selection indicator for this axis.
I go up here in the Format bar in the upper left and I see another Y Axis pull-down and I'll pull down to Show Title there and you see I get a similar thing for this axis. So, I'll click in there, double-click and I'll type in Weight and click off. So, I'm putting in these labels because I really want to emphasize the valued relationship. Power and weight ratios are really important to people under racing. And so I want to make sure that we are being as clear as possible when we are showing this relationship and sometimes, a little bit extra data will help people understand this chart better.
Now, let's look at some of our Color options. I'm going to click on the chart and you will see a button up here in the format bar called Chart Colors. Let me click on that, I'll show you what happens. We get this Color option window. It's a floating window. It gives you a lot of different options on Chart Colors. Some of them are 2D, some of them are Texture Fills, for instance I can click and hold down here. I can choose different types of Granite looks, I can choose even some Wood grain ideas and I could take an individual one and actually drop it right on to a column for instance and let go. And you can see that it actually applied that color to that particular column.
So, Chart Colors are a great resource for finding not only individual colors but series of colors. If I had a different type of data series it would change the color of the wood for each bit of data in that series. However, for this chart, we want to have a special gradient. It's a gradient that let's say our client really wanted this chart to have. So one Slide 2, if I click over here, I have a sample of that gradient and it's a very subtle red gradient and the quick way to copy this from this object to my chart is to select this shape object, I'll go up here in Format and choose Copy Style. Go back to my slide with the chart, click on the chart column, go back up to Format and do Paste Style. And you can see I have the exact same gradient now applied to my columns.
Next, I want to look at this line that's showing my Weights. I'm going to click on that line and you can see here now that the line is selected and up here in the Format bar, let's change the Stroke of that line to 10 pixels, just give it a little bit more thickness, so we can read it better and then I want to change the size of these symbols. So, I'm going to click off of that line and then click again, just on the symbols and you can see now that those have been selected and up here, I can choose the size of how big I want those symbols to be. Currently, it's set to Auto, I'm going to click in there and type in 23 and hit Enter. And you can see the symbols have got a little bit bigger. I would like that relationship better with that thickness of the line. I like those symbols a little bit bigger. Here you have a choice of what shape you want those symbols to be. So that makes more sense for you to have squares, you can choose squares or any of these particular shapes. I'm going to stick to the circle because I like that.
So, now I want to give these symbols a particular Fill. Let me go in and specifically choose just the symbol items, so just those symbols are selected. I'm going to go up to Fill, tap in and choose White. Now, the other thing I would like to do is maybe have this line a little bit more flowing. I'll select this entire line again and up here under Series Options, if I pull down you can see I have a choice here of how I want that line to look. I'll change it to Connect with Curved Lines and you see a nice subtle curve there, I think that looks a lot better. It sort of communicates more about transportation and about speed. I like that.
Next thing I can do with this line is I could add a subtle shadow. I can click in Shadow and it added a shadow just to that line, but I'm actually finding that shadow a bit large. So, let me go to the Inspector, go to my Graphics Inspector and I'm going to lower the Offset of that shadow and it reduced the blur just a little bit and make it just a little bit different. I'm making some subtle changes here, but I think it's important because I just want to highlight that bar just slightly not too much, so it's overly distracting, but just the right amount and I think those values look the best on this slide.
And I wanted to add the shadow because it helped pop out that particular value away from the other one. When two contrasting pieces of data flat against each other, you don't necessarily get that separation of the distance and that subtle shadow can really help you understand that. So sometimes even small changes in your charts appearance can really help in getting your point across.
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