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'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 00:04:05
    2. Creating and Saving Files 00:08:59
    3. Vector vs. Bitmap 00:08:32
    4. The Tools Palette 00:04:20
    5. Selection Tools 00:09:44
    6. Color and Stacking Order 00:06:12
    7. The Layers Panel 00:09:57
    8. Exercise 00:02:12
  2. Basic Illustrator Techniques
    1. Exercise Overview 00:01:17
    2. Zooming In and Out 00:03:56
    3. Exploring the Illustration 00:02:56
    4. Wireframe View Mode 00:03:57
    5. Move and Transform 00:07:21
    6. The Horizontal and Vertical Axes 00:07:21
    7. Duplicate on the Move 00:04:57
    8. The Scale Tool 00:05:12
    9. Scale Shapes Manually 00:04:02
    10. Mix Color and Fill in the Outline 00:05:58
    11. Exercise: Drawing the Eye 00:05:27
    12. Change the Stacking Order 00:07:31
    13. The Eyedropper Tool 00:03:38
    14. Modify Shapes with Anchor Points 00:06:51
    15. The Reflect Tool 00:05:18
    16. Make a Mouth 00:03:52
    17. Grouping 00:06:54
    18. Inside a Group 00:02:49
    19. Perform Multiple Selections 00:03:53
    20. Outlining Objects 00:03:28
    21. Create a Background Color 00:05:31
    22. Type Basics 00:07:01
  3. Layout and Composition
    1. The Need for Structure 00:05:31
    2. The Align Palette 00:05:29
    3. Snap to Anchor Points 00:04:04
    4. Smart Guides 00:02:27
    5. Basics for Working with Grids 00:06:16
    6. Snap to Grid 00:05:04
    7. Using Artboards 00:06:56
    8. Importing Photos 00:10:48
    9. Masking Objects 00:10:49
    10. Lines and Rulers 00:02:15
    11. Exercise: Working with Type 00:16:06
  4. Graphs and Data Maps
    1. Introduction to Graphs 00:01:34
    2. Graph Tool Basics 00:06:42
    3. Change the Type of Your Graph 00:04:03
    4. Change Your Graph Settings 00:05:09
    5. Select Objects in a Graph 00:06:31
    6. Group Objects in a Graph 00:09:32
    7. Style Grid Lines 00:06:19
    8. Styling and Annotating Your Graph 00:15:06
    9. Resize Your Graphic 00:10:05
    10. Exercise: Recreate an Existing Bar Graph 00:11:22
    11. Designing Pie Charts 00:04:33
    12. Creating Bubble Maps 00:07:26
    13. Move Circles on a Bubble Map 00:09:48
    14. Designing Choropleth Maps 00:10:23
    15. Using Swatches for Choropleth Maps 00:03:58
    16. Designing Scatter Plots 00:04:25
    17. Avoiding Bug Crashes 00:05:18
    18. Transform Squares into Circles 00:08:56
    19. Adding Average Lines 00:09:51
    20. Adding Trend Lines 00:09:52
    21. Labeling Scatter Plots 00:04:10
    22. Designing Slopegraphs 00:10:07
  5. The Pen Tool
    1. Introducing the Pen Tool 00:03:59
    2. Anchor Point Handles 00:07:57
    3. Pencil and Eraser Tools 00:04:45
    4. Pen Tool Basics 00:04:42
    5. Editing Curves 00:11:08
    6. Tracing the Elephant 00:05:08
    7. Pen Tool Challenges 00:08:49
    8. Adding and Erasing Anchor Points 00:02:09
    9. Adding Details to an Illustration 00:06:53
    10. Exercise: Tracing 00:05:27
  6. Tracing Maps
    1. Introduction to Tracing Maps 00:02:03
    2. Where to Get Maps 00:02:33
    3. Working with Layers 00:03:02
    4. Define your Frame 00:03:14
    5. The Pathfinder Tools 00:07:01
    6. Define Landmasses in a Map 00:05:57
    7. Define Regions in a Map 00:05:30
    8. Tracing Roads 00:04:49
    9. Styling Maps 00:03:43
    10. Labeling Maps 00:07:06
    11. Finishing Your Map 00:06:28
  7. Explanatory Vector Illustrations
    1. Introduction to Visual Illustrations 00:02:36
    2. Using Source Photos 00:04:05
    3. Using Multiple Objects 00:02:45
    4. Drawing from the Bottom Up 00:06:32
    5. Drawing the First Arm 00:08:58
    6. Pen Tool Shortcuts 00:03:53
    7. Drawing Different Paths 00:03:24
    8. Drawing the Second Arm 00:06:04
    9. Creating Background Objects 00:02:17
    10. Drawing the Sink 00:06:33
    11. Creating Basic Shades 00:04:46
    12. Finishing the Assignment 00:02:03
  8. Advanced Coloring Techniques
    1. Introduction to Coloring and Shading 00:01:04
    2. Creating Shades Manually 00:04:32
    3. Storing Swatches 00:04:19
    4. The Color Guide Palette 00:02:12
    5. Creating Gradients 00:09:35
    6. The Blend Tool 00:09:28
    7. The Mesh Tool 00:05:58
    8. Realistic Shading Techniques 00:10:49
    9. Coloring Fire Ants 00:07:45
  9. Perspective Infographics
    1. Introduction to Perspective and 3D 00:02:53
    2. Illustrator’s 3D Tools 00:10:10
    3. 3D Extrude Options 00:05:43
    4. The Revolve Tool 00:03:24
    5. Creating Symbols 00:07:02
    6. Using Symbols in 3D Objects 00:05:05
    7. Isometric Perspective 00:02:35
    8. Isometric Cubes 00:12:56
    9. Build a 3D Tower 00:16:26
    10. Drawing the Roof and Antenna 00:09:17
    11. Drawing the Windows 00:08:37
    12. Manipulating Walls 00:05:43
    13. Using Simple Cylinders 00:09:00
    14. Isometric Grid System 00:05:57