Use the power of Illustrator to create cool 3D infographics

Translate abstract data into a 3D, easy-to-understand illustration in this great Illustrator tutorial by Wendy Ding.

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13. To create a graph, select the Column Graph tool (J) and click on the artboard, then enter the data into each column. Once completed, select the Check button to make the graph appear. To customize the graph, direct-select each bar and duplicate it by copy-and-pasting it. Then place the numbers and words with the Type tool.

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14. Customize the fonts quickly using Cmd/Ctrl + T, which brings up the Characters and Paragraphs panel. To keep with the style of simple and modern, I chose the font Print Clearly for the main copy for its lightness and legibility, and Howie’s Funhouse for the title as it’s a bit bolder. Both fonts have a friendly feel with rounded edges and feminine appeal.

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15. Now that everything is complete, look over every aspect of the infographic. Can the average viewer easily understand what is being conveyed? The most important attribute in creating infographics is that it explains the relevant and important information – so the background and surrounding elements should highlight and strengthen the information, rather than competing with or obstructing it. For this topic, the more fun details we could put in, the better.

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