Overview

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.

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Table of Contents

Chapter/Selection

Time

Introduction to Illustrator for Infographics

Introduction

0:04:05

Creating and Saving Files

0:08:59

Vector vs. Bitmap

0:08:32

The Tools Palette

0:04:20

Selection Tools

0:09:44

Color and Stacking Order

0:06:12

The Layers Panel

0:09:57

Exercise

0:02:12

Basic Illustrator Techniques

Exercise Overview

0:01:17

Zooming In and Out

0:03:56

Exploring the Illustration

0:02:56

Wireframe View Mode

0:03:57

Move and Transform

0:07:21

The Horizontal and Vertical Axes

0:07:21

Duplicate on the Move

0:04:57

The Scale Tool

0:05:12

Scale Shapes Manually

0:04:02

Mix Color and Fill in the Outline

0:05:58

Exercise: Drawing the Eye

0:05:27

Change the Stacking Order

0:07:31

The Eyedropper Tool

0:03:38

Modify Shapes with Anchor Points

0:06:51

The Reflect Tool

0:05:18

Make a Mouth

0:03:52

Grouping

0:06:54

Inside a Group

0:02:49

Perform Multiple Selections

0:03:53

Outlining Objects

0:03:28

Create a Background Color

0:05:31

Type Basics

0:07:01

Layout and Composition

The Need for Structure

0:05:31

The Align Palette

0:05:29

Snap to Anchor Points

0:04:04

Smart Guides

0:02:27

Basics for Working with Grids

0:06:16

Snap to Grid

0:05:04

Using Artboards

0:06:56

Importing Photos

0:10:48

Masking Objects

0:10:49

Lines and Rulers

0:02:15

Exercise: Working with Type

0:16:06

Graphs and Data Maps

Introduction to Graphs

0:01:34

Graph Tool Basics

0:06:42

Change the Type of Your Graph

0:04:03

Change Your Graph Settings

0:05:09

Select Objects in a Graph

0:06:31

Group Objects in a Graph

0:09:32

Style Grid Lines

0:06:19

Styling and Annotating Your Graph

0:15:06

Resize Your Graphic

0:10:05

Exercise: Recreate an Existing Bar Graph

0:11:22

Designing Pie Charts

0:04:33

Creating Bubble Maps

0:07:26

Move Circles on a Bubble Map

0:09:48

Designing Choropleth Maps

0:10:23

Using Swatches for Choropleth Maps

0:03:58

Designing Scatter Plots

0:04:25

Avoiding Bug Crashes

0:05:18

Transform Squares into Circles

0:08:56

Adding Average Lines

0:09:51

Adding Trend Lines

0:09:52

Labeling Scatter Plots

0:04:10

Designing Slopegraphs

0:10:07

The Pen Tool

Introducing the Pen Tool

0:03:59

Anchor Point Handles

0:07:57

Pencil and Eraser Tools

0:04:45

Pen Tool Basics

0:04:42

Editing Curves

0:11:08

Tracing the Elephant

0:05:08

Pen Tool Challenges

0:08:49

Adding and Erasing Anchor Points

0:02:09

Adding Details to an Illustration

0:06:53

Exercise: Tracing

0:05:27

Tracing Maps

Introduction to Tracing Maps

0:02:03

Where to Get Maps

0:02:33

Working with Layers

0:03:02

Define your Frame

0:03:14

The Pathfinder Tools

0:07:01

Define Landmasses in a Map

0:05:57

Define Regions in a Map

0:05:30

Tracing Roads

0:04:49

Styling Maps

0:03:43

Labeling Maps

0:07:06

Finishing Your Map

0:06:28

Explanatory Vector Illustrations

Introduction to Visual Illustrations

0:02:36

Using Source Photos

0:04:05

Using Multiple Objects

0:02:45

Drawing from the Bottom Up

0:06:32

Drawing the First Arm

0:08:58

Pen Tool Shortcuts

0:03:53

Drawing Different Paths

0:03:24

Drawing the Second Arm

0:06:04

Creating Background Objects

0:02:17

Drawing the Sink

0:06:33

Creating Basic Shades

0:04:46

Finishing the Assignment

0:02:03

Advanced Coloring Techniques

Introduction to Coloring and Shading

0:01:04

Creating Shades Manually

0:04:32

Storing Swatches

0:04:19

The Color Guide Palette

0:02:12

Creating Gradients

0:09:35

The Blend Tool

0:09:28

The Mesh Tool

0:05:58

Realistic Shading Techniques

0:10:49

Coloring Fire Ants

0:07:45

Perspective Infographics

Introduction to Perspective and 3D

0:02:53

Illustratorâ??s 3D Tools

0:10:10

3D Extrude Options

0:05:43

The Revolve Tool

0:03:24

Creating Symbols

0:07:02

Using Symbols in 3D Objects

0:05:05

Isometric Perspective

0:02:35

Isometric Cubes

0:12:56

Build a 3D Tower

0:16:26

Drawing the Roof and Antenna

0:09:17

Drawing the Windows

0:08:37

Manipulating Walls

0:05:43

Using Simple Cylinders

0:09:00

Isometric Grid System

0:05:57