John Garrett introduces the graph tool and shows how to create a graph in Adobe Illustrator. He explains how to enter the data, style the graph, and how to select it and edit the individual parts after you make a graph. He also goes over why you should create your graph and style it first before importing your variable data.
- [Voiceover] I don't do graph work on a daily basis,…but I've discovered that the illustrator graph tool can be…very useful.…Graphs are one of those illustrator features that may not…be widely used, but can save the day when the time comes.…Basically, when you need it, you really need it.…I won't go over the minute details of illustrator graphs,…but if you want to know more, try checking out…"Creating Infographics with Illustrator"…right here on the site.…We can see in my design, I have a column graph here…that's showing the general stats for each hero.…I'm going to quickly recreate this graph on a new layer,…just to walk through how a typical graph works.…
First, I'll select the column graph tool from the tool panel.…Then, with the column graph tool selected,…I'll click and drag out a marquee to the size I…want the graph to be.…The marquee will include the graph itself,…but not the labels outside the graph,…so consider that when creating it.…Once I let go,…I'll get a small window that looks like a spreadsheet.…
Designer John Garrett appreciates the many different types of variables and their practical uses, including generating business cards and direct mailers. In this course, he explains how to use variable data including managing linked images, graphics, tables of data, and graphs. He covers the entire workflow, from setup to exporting dynamic batches.
- Setting up Illustrator files
- Using Appearances
- Setting up data sources
- Importing data
- Managing linked variables
- Binding and using prepend paths and presets
- Using the Variables panel
- Naming data sets
- Generating multiple versions with batch exporting
Skill Level Advanced
1. Exploring Variable Data
2. Setting up Illustrator Files
3. Setting up a CSV Document
4. Importing using Variable Importer Script
5. Working with the Variables Panel
6. Exporting and Reviewing
Creating a save action3m 25s
Next steps1m 12s
- Mark as unwatched
- Mark all as unwatched
Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?
This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.Cancel
Take notes with your new membership!
Type in the entry box, then click Enter to save your note.
1:30Press on any video thumbnail to jump immediately to the timecode shown.
Notes are saved with you account but can also be exported as plain text, MS Word, PDF, Google Doc, or Evernote.