'Creating Maps, Charts, and Infographics with Adobe Illustrator: Learn by Video'

Video description

Learn how to create infographics, maps, and charts in this 12-hour, video based course to teach anyone who can hold a mouse how to use Adobe Illustrator to tell stories with data. Acclaimed data visualization instructor and journalist Alberto Cairo provides you with a brief introduction to Adobe Illustrator’s tools and basic drawing techniques before diving into more advanced instructions specific to creating infographics. For example, if you’re already familiar with Illustrator, you can skip ahead to lessons that teach you how to use Illustrator’s Graph tool to design charts and greatly improve the look of your graphics. You’ll also learn how to trace maps; create complex, explanatory vector illustrations; use advanced coloring techniques; simulate 3D effects to create infographics in perspective; and use Illustrator’s Pen tool to draw just about anything.

Table of contents

  1. Introduction to Illustrator for Infographics
    1. Introduction
    2. Creating and Saving Files
    3. Vector vs. Bitmap
    4. The Tools Palette
    5. Selection Tools
    6. Color and Stacking Order
    7. The Layers Panel
    8. Exercise
  2. Basic Illustrator Techniques
    1. Exercise Overview
    2. Zooming In and Out
    3. Exploring the Illustration
    4. Wireframe View Mode
    5. Move and Transform
    6. The Horizontal and Vertical Axes
    7. Duplicate on the Move
    8. The Scale Tool
    9. Scale Shapes Manually
    10. Mix Color and Fill in the Outline
    11. Exercise: Drawing the Eye
    12. Change the Stacking Order
    13. The Eyedropper Tool
    14. Modify Shapes with Anchor Points
    15. The Reflect Tool
    16. Make a Mouth
    17. Grouping
    18. Inside a Group
    19. Perform Multiple Selections
    20. Outlining Objects
    21. Create a Background Color
    22. Type Basics
  3. Layout and Composition
    1. The Need for Structure
    2. The Align Palette
    3. Snap to Anchor Points
    4. Smart Guides
    5. Basics for Working with Grids
    6. Snap to Grid
    7. Using Artboards
    8. Importing Photos
    9. Masking Objects
    10. Lines and Rulers
    11. Exercise: Working with Type
  4. Graphs and Data Maps
    1. Introduction to Graphs
    2. Graph Tool Basics
    3. Change the Type of Your Graph
    4. Change Your Graph Settings
    5. Select Objects in a Graph
    6. Group Objects in a Graph
    7. Style Grid Lines
    8. Styling and Annotating Your Graph
    9. Resize Your Graphic
    10. Exercise: Recreate an Existing Bar Graph
    11. Designing Pie Charts
    12. Creating Bubble Maps
    13. Move Circles on a Bubble Map
    14. Designing Choropleth Maps
    15. Using Swatches for Choropleth Maps
    16. Designing Scatter Plots
    17. Avoiding Bug Crashes
    18. Transform Squares into Circles
    19. Adding Average Lines
    20. Adding Trend Lines
    21. Labeling Scatter Plots
    22. Designing Slopegraphs
  5. The Pen Tool
    1. Introducing the Pen Tool
    2. Anchor Point Handles
    3. Pencil and Eraser Tools
    4. Pen Tool Basics
    5. Editing Curves
    6. Tracing the Elephant
    7. Pen Tool Challenges
    8. Adding and Erasing Anchor Points
    9. Adding Details to an Illustration
    10. Exercise: Tracing
  6. Tracing Maps
    1. Introduction to Tracing Maps
    2. Where to Get Maps
    3. Working with Layers
    4. Define your Frame
    5. The Pathfinder Tools
    6. Define Landmasses in a Map
    7. Define Regions in a Map
    8. Tracing Roads
    9. Styling Maps
    10. Labeling Maps
    11. Finishing Your Map
  7. Explanatory Vector Illustrations
    1. Introduction to Visual Illustrations
    2. Using Source Photos
    3. Using Multiple Objects
    4. Drawing from the Bottom Up
    5. Drawing the First Arm
    6. Pen Tool Shortcuts
    7. Drawing Different Paths
    8. Drawing the Second Arm
    9. Creating Background Objects
    10. Drawing the Sink
    11. Creating Basic Shades
    12. Finishing the Assignment
  8. Advanced Coloring Techniques
    1. Introduction to Coloring and Shading
    2. Creating Shades Manually
    3. Storing Swatches
    4. The Color Guide Palette
    5. Creating Gradients
    6. The Blend Tool
    7. The Mesh Tool
    8. Realistic Shading Techniques
    9. Coloring Fire Ants
  9. Perspective Infographics
    1. Introduction to Perspective and 3D
    2. Illustrator’s 3D Tools
    3. 3D Extrude Options
    4. The Revolve Tool
    5. Creating Symbols
    6. Using Symbols in 3D Objects
    7. Isometric Perspective
    8. Isometric Cubes
    9. Build a 3D Tower
    10. Drawing the Roof and Antenna
    11. Drawing the Windows
    12. Manipulating Walls
    13. Using Simple Cylinders
    14. Isometric Grid System

Product information

  • Title: 'Creating Maps, Charts, and Infographics with Adobe Illustrator: Learn by Video'
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: April 2015
  • Publisher(s): Peachpit Press
  • ISBN: 0133432343