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How To Create An Infographic In Adobe Illustrator Cc


All right, looks like the streams up and running alls. Good, welcome! Everyone, let’s see here. Sabich Torah pop in Anna Andrea and a bunch of other people are coming in welcome to the Adobe Creative Cloud Stream on Tuesday today. We’re really talking about just a quick tutorial and how you would create an infographic in Adobe Illustrator and glad you’re excited for it. Thapa Millia. If I’m saying that correctly, hopefully, and so glad to see so many of you coming in for this stream. So as you know, I primarily concentrate on the photography products and I do design as well, so this falls into the other half of what I do, and that’s the design part so and I also don’t get a chance to spend a lot of time in Illustrator, so we’re going to do some illustrator today Cringe-worthy. I know all right, Istanbul, Norway. You got you, you got Maryland Phoenix. Everybody’s in the house. Welcome, everybody, we’re going to go ahead and get started right now. Because there’s just going to be more people coming in to stop and say more hellos, but just a blanket. Hello to everyone if I missed your name. Sorry about that, and we’re going to go ahead. Jasper, yes, and get started Frederika as well and Igor and everyone is coming in. Welcome, everybody from around the world. Let’s go ahead and jump in and get started. All right, so I switch over to my computer where I’ve got. You guessed it. Adobe Illustrator running. I don’t have a document opening. I like to start things from scratch, just because this is a tutorial, so this is kind of how you would start from scratch and I’m going to go ahead and just simply click new to create a new document, of course, if you haven’t looked at Illustrator Indesign and Photoshop in a while, you now get the new new document window, which also gives you the ability to work from templates, but we’re not going to work on templates we’re going to go ahead and create a brand new document from scratch empty page. So I need to tell it what I want my empty page. How I wanted to before, Matt? It and none, of course, is up to you for what you’re going to be doing so. If you’re going to be doing a letter size document, there are letter size documents here. You can also use anything that you can key in so. I’m just going to go ahead and call this generic info graphic and we are going to work in interest. I’m just going to make it square. I don’t really have a set size and I’m just going to do 10 inches by 10 inches. I am going to make it a square document in RGB color space. We’re going to make it one artboard, and that’s all we need for now, so we’ll go ahead and create it again. You can make it whatever size fits your needs. I just chose square at random now. We got our blank page at this point. There are a couple things. I want to make sure that you what we’ll do it as we go along. I was going to say a couple panels. I want you to make sure you have open, but we’ll just go ahead and create those or open those on the fly. If you don’t already have them, so we’re going to start with a rectangle tool and the REC taillow -, of course, draw squares and rectangles. So I’m going to go ahead and draw out a rectangle from the edge here and make it Oh. I don’t know about that thick about that long no longer. Maybe about there, all right, So, of course, that did a default fill of white and a default stroke, a black. I’m gonna take the stroke off. I don’t want any strokes on any of these graphics now. The next question is, of course, we need a color to fill it with, and as I have said repeatedly on these streams, I am usually pretty bad Picking colors and sometimes picking fonts. I know what I like when I see it, but I just bat going from the blank page of picking the color. So I’m going to give you some help. I’m going to give you two ways to get some nice colors for your infographics that will look good together because infographics for those of you who don’t know what an infographic is. It’s usually a one or usually one page that is conveying the steps of a process or an idea or a thought process or a thought, so usually it’s like steps like six steps. Ours is going to be five steps, and, of course it’s going to be generic, so it doesn’t really matter what the actual text will say, which is going to leave a generic text, so for those five steps. I want those five steps to have different colors, so they stand out, but also colors that look good together and again. That’s my challenge. So one of the panels you can bring up that will help you in your making colors and look good together. The color panel. Lets you pick any color. You want obviously, but the color guide usually let you pick colors that look good together. They’re already set up as swatches and harmonies That look good, so for example. If you use the flyout menu, you can go ahead and scroll up and you can actually get complementary colors. You can get a color panel that actually looks good of the colors that are in it. So if you see one here that matches kind of a idea or just some subdued colors, that kind of look good together, you’re all set, pick those five or six colors from there and away you go. Now, that’s one way to do it, and that is the way that I would do it normally, but I’m going to show you one more way just in case, and that is at the bottom of your swatches panel. So first we were on a color guide panel. You may not may or may not have that open. You can choose that from the window menu. If you don’t have the color guide panel open there, it is color guide and the other one. Is this little icon at the bottom of your swatches panel? The second one, it opens the color themes panel. This is like Adobe Color. So if X had already done a search, let’s go ahead and get out of that. So this is the way I would normally open. It would normally open with the color themes panel, allowing you to mix your own colors, and when you do that, it will kind of keep the colors in a complementary fashion, so that’s one way to do it. You can actually make your own. Of course, it will show your themes if you’re signed in with a Creative Cloud, it’ll show the themes from your various libraries that you’ve already got. You can use those or you can explore, and what a lot about Explorer is that you can find others that others have created for maybe the topic that you’re going to work on. So I’m working on an infographic. I’d love to see what kind of infographics are out there or infographic colors out there that people have already created, So I’m gonna go ahead and type in info graphic. Let me get the purser out of the way there we go. Infographic hit return. And now to bring up search results from the internet, just on colors that people have put out there. So the bunch of the same thing. Plat infographics diabetes infographic infographic Magenta. Just again. These are names that people name their themes when you create a theme on Adobe Color, You can choose to make it public, and that’s what these folks have done. So if you find one of these that you like by all means you can use one of these and away, you go as well, so this is kind of like. Oh, well, you know, if people have been successful, making infographics. I might want to start with the color themes that other people have been using to be successful with. I don’t really see one that jumps out at me of, you know? Hey, this would be an awesome looking to use. Some of these are okay. This one’s kind of like this one like the colors, but they’re kind of dark. I like the colors there too, but nothing really jumps out at me here as for what I want to use for this example. But if you scroll through and find one, you like you’re more than welcome to use that theme, So for example, let’s say. I did want to use this one. I can either just go ahead and just start using the colors right there or I can say, go ahead and add this to my favorites or add it to my swatches. If I say, add it to my swatches, you can see what it did. Down at the bottom. It just added that theme to my swatches, so they’re always there now in this document and ready for me to use all right, so that’s two ways to get colors or your infographics and the color guide has taken those colors and apply them here as well as different tints of those colors for me to use. So that works out great too. Alright, so now let’s go ahead and just say, we’re going to pick one of those colors, and now what I want to do is want to duplicate that four more times, so I might need to move it up a little we’ll see, but we’ll duplicate it per. See what happens, all right, so I’m going to switch over to the selection tool to duplicate It. We’re used to copy paste we you can use copy paste in every application. But in Adobe applications, you can actually duplicate things a little bit more precisely, or at least without using up the clipboard memory, holding down the option or Alt key, start dragging and hold down your Shift key after you start dragging so that it doesn’t move left or right, so that gave me a perfect copy down now. I can go switch the color, but before I switch the color. I need three more, so here’s. The keyboard shortcut command D, which means duplicate. Do what I just did again command. D command D. So that gave me. My five exact copies spaced exactly down the way. I need so now, Of course I would just go ahead and switch the colors for each one and again just using different tenths of these colors. There we go that way, and then maybe that way, all right, and I may not like the colors may come back and switch it later, but you get the idea so that gave us our five idea bars. We’ll call them for now. Next thing we’re going to do is we’re going to go ahead, and by the way just in case, since you’re if you’re new to illustrator, you just you’ve been working on something that you don’t want have to do over and over again save, so you’re going to save the document and I’m just going to go and save it to the desktop just in case, and it will say okay, so that way. I keep working with that if something happens. I’ll be able to open it back up and keep going, alright? So now it’s been saved, and when I say something happens. Something bad happens, all right, so now the next thing I want to do is I want to create another graphic on top of this that will simulate the paper kind of fold it in on itself. You’ll get what I mean in a minute after I do it so for that. I’m going to switch over to the pen tool. I know the pen tool scares people, but the in tool in this case is going to be very easy to use because we’re just going to make straight lines. We’re going to make curves with it. So the Pinto will be great for this. I’m just going to go ahead and switch over and say that I want click here. Make a pinpoint. I just I’m not holding down anything. I’m just moving my mouse down and I want one here at the bottom click. I want one on the right hand side click. I want one at the top. Go back up to the top and click. And I want to close it off. Alright, so we kind of made this wedge shape now that for that wedge shape. I need it to be white again, so I’m just going to make it the same. Same same color. I’m looking for that word. Same color as the paper. Alright, so now it’s kind of covering. It makes it look like our wedge has been chopped up, but it’s really just a white shape covering our wedge now like. I said I wanted to make it look like a piece of paper. Fold it over so for that to happen. I’m going to go up to my effect panel and ARBs our menu in that panel in my effects menu. I’m going to come down to Stylize and drop shadow. Yes, illustrator. Even though it’s not Photoshop has its own drop shadow feature. Now the only thing. I don’t like about this one. Compared to Photoshop. Photoshop is a little easier to use. But where I’m going to turn the preview and you know, say well, you know previous on. I don’t see anything because by default, the shadows, you can barely see it. It’s on the right hand side off the page because my object goes all the way to the edge, so I know my x-axi’s is across. My y-axis is down, So I’m just going to go ahead and say that I want the offset for Y to be none. I don’t want it to move up and down at all, but I want my hang on. Sorry, click there little too many times. There we go and I want my, um. I’m gonna have to just type these in up my x-axi’s to be a little bit too much. Maybe point two and this one we’re going to just change it to zero. All right now that that shadows a little too heavy, a little too dark, so we’re just changing opacity of it and bring the opacity down, maybe? I don’t know 50% and the reason it’s going so slow is because I have it on preview, so it’s having to render that every time I make a change. All right, so let’s drop it down to maybe no, maybe even 40% That’s better, okay, so now that gives us kind of our depth effect with a little bit of shadow makes the paper look like it’s a little bit raised onto itself, and I might even reduce that offset to 1/5 lets. See what that looks like? Yeah, okay. I leave the shadow to stick out quite so far. All right, so now we click. OK, and that’s a vector effect, so that will render a nice lead either on screen or on paper. All right, so now that we’ve got that in place. The next thing we’re going to do is we’re going to create our B The B same. The same bars that we did on the left side. We need them on the right side. We need them up a little bit, and we need them to turn into arrows so bear with me. We’re going to do one and it’s easier to do one and duplicate it, even if we have to do the colors over again, all right, so let’s do one. We’re going to hold down the option or Alt key to duplicate it, just like we did before so option or Alt key duplicate It we’re going to raise it about half way up. Alright, so now it’s not on top of the wedge because it was created before the way, so we’re going to move it up to the top. Go up to your object menu, come down to a range and bring to front and that will bring it to the top. So now we got it on the top the way we want it, and we got it off to the side the way we want it. I’m going to reduce the size of it. I’m going to pull it in a little bit more of this way and pull it in a lot more this way. There we go and we just need that little part at the top now. I need to convert. Maybe a little bit shorter. I need to convert that into an arrow, pointing outward to the right. So there’s a few ways to do that. I can use the pen tool and with the pen tool I can actually, and I even get a smart guy. Let me zoom in on this. So you can see it a little bit better. I can go ahead and just move my pen right on that path until I get my smart guy letting me know. I’ve got it right in the center and just click one time. All I did was at a point to that path on the right side. So now I can use that point and manipulate. I can pull it out and make that my arrow simple as that. Now stick it out so much. And what about wanting it to be a little rounded right now? It’s very pointy. It’s literally a point, so if I wanted to make it a little more rounded what I could do is simply go in and under the pen tool, there is a Anchor Point tool. So if you fly out the pen tool, you’ll get this Anchor Point tool and what that will allow you to do is turn any point into the opposite of what it is, so we’ll turn a curve point into a corner point, just like this one, or you can use it to turn a corner point into a curve point, so we’re going to do just just drag it out to make it a little more curvy so that our point is not so punky. I can keep pulling it to make it more round it, but that’s pretty much what I want. Now the last thing I need to do is I don’t need this to be straight up and down. I want to cut it off now. You cut it off a few ways or even tools that will let me slice that off, but it’s easier just to reshape it because it is just simple to point, so I’m going to switch back to the direct selection tool and grab this first point and pull it right to the edge. I hadn’t moved it all the way to the edge or move the top point and keep it straight and move it to the edge. So now it looks like you can start to get the idea. It looks like if the paper were folded on itself and up a little bit, this would just be folded around and that’s the effect. We want so the next thing we’re going to do is we’re going to duplicate that, and I’m going to be offset because the the angle of the fold is offset and that’s. Okay, we’re going to take that one. Hold down our option or Alt key and drag it. We don’t want to drag it straight down because we want to keep it lined up. Same thing. Now you can hit command-d and that will do it for you, but it may not make it perfectly lined up. Let me see how that looks. I may want to zoom in because these might not be touching the edge, so I’m going to just use the arrow key to move it over. Just a hair, just a like a pixel, move it over pixel or a point just to make sure it’s right on the edge and there’s no white space. Okay, we got it, all right so next. Obviously these need to match the colors of their corresponding bars, so we got the second one selected already. We just use our eyedropper. Just hit the letter. I on the keyboard and sample that color that will give you the exact same color. You don’t have to remember which one you clicked on in the color guide. You can just click and get to the exact color now. I want to use the eyedropper again for the third one, but I don’t have the third one selected, So here’s a keyboard shortcut instead of me. I’m going to go back to the selection tool, then come back to the eyedropper tool Every single time I want to temporarily get to the selection tool and I can do that by holding down on the Mac. My command key PC control key, so that will let me switch to switch bars and then simply select the color because I’m already in the eyedropper temporarily gives me the selection tool command key selection tool. Let go yellow. All right, so now. I got him to write colors and that was the bulk of the work. That was the hardest part that we just did, alright? The rest is pretty straightforward. Obviously these would be numbered at some point either on the left or right, totally up to you in your design. They would probably point to something. It probably has some objects out here the good morning to, and, of course, they would have some text on the inside that people would actually read as your steps or ideas to to do for the infographic. Okay, so let’s get lets. Get the steps in place first. The numbers. I’m gonna grab my type tool and I’m just going to click right on top here. Oh, I don’t want to make that. Sorry about that. Click right there, there we go. I’m just going to type O one because that’s of Euro step. Now, I need my. Oh, one to be bigger. I could sit here and try and guess point sizes I can even do point sizes from the keyboard command shift greater than command shift, less than PC control shift greater than PC control shift Less than or I’m just hold down my command key on the Mac PC control key and just make it bigger, just hold down the shift to make it proportionally bigger and just drag it over now. The only other thing is, of course, you pick a font in a color and just make these white for simplicity sake, so let’s go back and grab white. And, of course we’ve got white on top of white, which doesn’t work. Let’s just put them there, and then all the other thing is depending on the font. You’re using on even know which font Pasilla’s myriad Pro that’s cool that’ll work the fuckd, the zero and the one, a little too far apart for each other and but for my taste, so I put my cursor right between them and turn the two together, then hold down my option Key on the Mac Alt Key on PC and hit my left arrow key to bring that one. Make it look a little bit more professional. Bring that one right there. Alright, so now that we got that in place, you know the drill. We just duplicate it from here on out well first. I want to make sure that I do Have it where I want it to be good, and now we hold down our option. Alt key drag and they’re going to offset a little bit. That’s fine, and then we can just hit Command D or PC Ctrl D to do the rest. You might need to move them because again. You’re doing it at an angle, So maybe space them over is a little bit better, And, of course, you would then change the numbers to what they need to be, so this would be number two, and this one would be the number three, and now that’s a little too tight, so let me option or Alt right arrow key to come out a little bit further away. There we go and number four. Oh, yeah, that’s really too tight option or alt there we go, and Lastly, number five. That’s going to be too tight as well, so a workplan on the one, but the rest of the numbers need to be turned a little better. Okay, so we got our numbers in place and we’ll save real quick now. What if we’re going to go in and get some graphics with an arrows to be pointing at and some text for the steps, of course, we’re not going to do all the steps and type all that out. This will be your infographic to make whatever you want. But as far as the steps are concerned, one of the cool things in Illustrator now is that when you drag out your type tool or click your type tool, look at what it does make it a little smaller. Let’s do this drag it out and it automatically fills it with Lorem ipsum. I’m going to go ahead and make this one smaller this steps. Won’t be that big there. We go and now that. I made it smaller. What I really want to, and let’s go and make it white as well. Now that made it smaller and changed it to white there. We go! I’m going to delete it because now it should remember what I just did. So every text frame I create from now on should be the right size and color, so now up right size, at least, but not right now. All right, so fine, one out of two, not bad, but at least you got the bright point size, So now I can just, of course, duplicate that I can either. Keep them lined up or make them a little offset as well and command D Command D commit one two-minute command D Command D Command, D All right, and of course youll. Move those and get those lined up. However, you want them to be all right last, but not least we need, and I’ll probably need a darker color. That yellow is not working for me anymore. We’ll get to that a minute. Let’s get some graphics. Let’s get some graphics for this 2.0 so first thing would be number One might be the idea you might describe in the text. What the idea is, and that’s going to be number one so number. One idea, light bulb, all right. Everyone has a bright idea. Lightbulbs good symbol for that, where’d? I get a light bulb from. I don’t know how to draw light, but or I don’t feel like drawing a light bulb, even if I knew how to draw one. So what you can do is take advantage, oh! I’m not going to say Adobe Stock. Although you could take advantage of Adobe Stock, I’m going to show you another Adobe Creative Cloud feature that you can use for free and that’s the Adobe Marketplace now. Adobe Stocks awesome. You’ll find amazing lightbulbs on Adobe. Stop, but if you just need some vector graphics, quick for infographics like this, there’s a quick easy way to do it. So just bring up your creative file menu. Go to your assets tab and click on market. If it doesn’t already go to market and then right here, you can just go to search and type in light bulb. And there you go now. You got some white moles. So now you’re going to get a selection of light bulbs. These are community created for free for you to use. You might not find exactly what you’re looking for because these are donated. These are free! These are people created these assets and said hey. I’m going to submit these to the Adobe Market. Let anyone else use Anis them, so you can’t complain about that because that is what it is. It’s literally free donated. If you need more, that’s where. Doby stock would come in. All right, so I like this one. This will make a great idea Light bulb. So next thing I want to do is. I want to get it from here into illustrator, so the easiest way to do that is to sync it to one of my libraries. So I’m in by. I think I’m in by Adobe Live Library, so Ill. Just sync it. And now if I go to the libraries panel, here it comes and there is so now I can just literally drag it from the library panel and pull it right in someone’s at the door. My dog says all right, so we’ll just go ahead and pull that it over. And, of course, now what color do? I want that to be. What probably it should be. The same color is the idea. So I grab my eye dropper and to sample it and now. I’ve got a nice vector light bulb that matches the idea color. Alright Extang. We probably need some money to finance our idea, so we grab our type tool. This one is easy enough to make you. I don’t need to go get a graphic for it and just go ahead and type the dollar sign well. Go ahead and sorry there. Yahoo and hang on them giving keyboard! Happy here, lets. Get out of that our area, What did I just do? Oh, drill down into it. Sorry about that. I don’t know why my text isn’t working where I want. Let me try that again. Grabber type tool, oh! I know why, because it’s created it inside of that as a frame. Alright, so here’s a. Here’s a catch-22 because this shape is behind it. Shapes can also be used as frames. And sometimes when you’re clicking in something is trying to say. Oh, you want to type inside this box and no? I don’t so what I want to do and I should have done this. From the beginning, you want to go to your layer’s panel and drill down to that object that is selected, it’ll. Show you what you want to select it because it’ll happen. It’ll be the one with the Blue Square next to it and all. I want to do is just simply lock it that way. I’m not messing with that that object again. I can always go and unlock it whenever I do want to mess with it. Alright, so now if I grab my type tool and I type my dollar sign and I hit command a know why my command a isn’t working. But anyway, we’ll just make that bigger. There we go And, of course we can go ahead and sample the color. We want you can’t type the letter. I because if you change the eyedropper or you obtain the dollar sign to an eye and well just so we have to go find the tool manually that way, and then well, of course, go ahead and pull it in place. All right, next up. We got our idea. We got our money. We might want to check off some things that we need so. I might want to go back to the market and find a check. Mark, there we go and hey. Chris, how are you? I’m sorry, there’s a nice check Mark right there. If there’s more check marks, which one do? I like better. I like that one better, all right, so we’re going to sync the check mark to the Adobe Live Library, And now that that’s done, go to my library’s panel and here comes the check Mark. I can use this as many times. I want from here on out without me having to draw a check Mark. Just that much easier to go get a free one. That’s vector, all right, So now we’ve got that in place. Make that a little smaller there. We go grab our eyedropper and sample that blue. All right, so now. We got that in place. What comes after the eyedropper? You know what we want our? I’m sorry after the check Mark. We want to maybe track the results. So how do we check results? That would be any bar chart and that’s a nice bar graph there. I kind of like this one simple into the point now. Could I have drawn that? Sure it’s just rectangles, but is it faster, Probably just go ahead and download it or sync? It probably all right, so we got that in place. And now we’ll go back out here. I grabbed it twice. We’re going to pull one in easy enough to draw, but even faster to get from the market and make that smaller, you know, and then we’ll make that our last color eyedropper, and then last, but not least we want to email out Everyone. You know, thank you for participating in our whatever. It was all right, so we’re going to do an envelope. Search, find a nice envelope. Look, kind of like that one that works sync it to my. W live library and we could come in and here we go and pull it in. Oh, now the shift-key make it the right size, make it smaller And, of course you would make it whatever color that is even though I’m not going to stick with that yellow, but we would make it the yellow and away we go. Yeah, see, that’s why we wouldn’t make a bet. Yeah, Uh-huh. Oh, this one might be a stroke. Thingy, let’s do it that way instead. Yeah, that one might require more direct. Oh, okay, never more. America choir more direct selecting, lets. Go ahead and make the stroke of that black there. We go yeah, because that if it’s yellow and everything is yellow, it’s hard to see it, so we have to give it some other color to make it stand out, all right, but there you go so now at this point. The only other thing you might do, Of course, is get your big title in for whatever your idea is my idea, and you know, whatever credits our website or whatever you want at the bottom and your infographic is pretty much ready to go. So at this point, it’s save export. Put it wherever you wanted to go. And that is it or how to create an infographic in Adobe Illustrator. CC, yeah, it’s a compound path. You’re right, so I could expand that out and then get to the individual parts, but I might not even need to do that. Yeah, I get to the individual parts without expanding it. So if I wanted to change the color on the inside of it, I could do that so I could make it multiple multi color. I can make it really look bad. All right, don’t do this, but yeah, so direct select. Then I could get into the individual pieces and make it whatever color well instead of having to put the black line up. But you get the idea. Alright, so that’s it. Thanks, everyone for coming in now. What if you want to learn more? You got a great opportunity This week on June 8th and 9th this week, Um, Rufus and Michael Adobe employees, they’re going to be streaming a lot from 99 you in New York and to tell you more about it. Why don’t I just show you [Music] [Music] [Music] all right, so join us lie, not me. But joined the team live the eighth of the ninth 9:00 am. To 5:00 pm. Eastern Time. I think it’s going to be not sure whatever time zone it said on the video, but all day and night, multiple streamers doing all kinds of creative graphic design stuff. Great, you’ll love it, you’ll learn, it’ll be awesome. Thanks, everybody for watching. We’ll catch on the next one. Cheers [Music]!