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Chapter 11. Advanced Chart Topics > Using Graphic Images as Data Markers

Using Graphic Images as Data Markers

You've probably seen those charts that often appear in newspapers and magazines, where the columns of the chart are made using some representative picture in place of normal bars or columns. For instance, if auto sales are being charted, the charts use stacked cars instead of simple column bars. Creating charts that use images like this can involve your audience more than charts that are more pedestrian, particularly when the data you're showing is fairly simple.

Tip

You can format any column or bar chart to use a graphic image for its bars. Keep in mind, though, that image-based charts work best when they represent simple data. Otherwise, the charts tend to be too complex visually to capture the reader's interest.



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