Mastering Graphs for Adobe Illustrator Pros

If you’re already somewhat experienced in using Illustrator and you want to master the producing charts to improve your data visualization skills on the application, then this is the course for you.

So maybe you’re a graphic designer who wants to transition into the world of data visualization and infographics. You may have already been using Illustrator for years now, but don’t know how to use the graph tools properly or at all.

Or maybe you have some experience with the Graph Tools but want to master them. Many users of Illustrator aren’t fully aware of the applications graph drawing capabilities. Do you know that you can combine two graphs together (without ungrouping or creating separate graphs), use custom point markers or bars, or export your graph into a responsive HTML file?

People who are not savvy with the Graph Tools often ungroup their graphs to change the styling when they don’t need to. Ungrouping a graph disables the ability the update the data on the graph, destroying any chance of reusing that graph in the future.

If any of the above fits you and you’re looking to become a graphing wiz on Illustrator, then the course below is ideal for you.

Students who enter this course will also learn about each chart type covered, such as its usefulness for particular types of data, any strengths and weakness, and general best charting practices. Students will also learn how to ‘hack’ the Graph Tools to produce additional types of charts.

A free course manual that contains all of the course content is included, which you can always refer back to after you have completed the course.

Why learn Adobe Illustrator over other data visualization tools?

Adobe Illustrator is a powerful, vector-based, design application that gives you:

Complete control over the visual design of charts (styling and composition)

The ability to produce professional print-ready PDFs, required for print-based projects

The ability to touch-up and refine charts exported from other solutions such as R

The tool most commonly used by infographic designers

Who is this course for?

For those who are already familiar with Adobe Illustrator or have at least taken a beginner level Illustrator course, and are looking to expand their knowledge of the software for data-focused projects. This could include:

Data visualisation practitioners looking to produce customised visualisations

Data journalists

Info-graphic designers

Digital marketers

Anyone looking to produce data visualisation graphics but with no programming skills

Assumed knowledge

Participants should already be competent in using Illustrator or have at least taken a beginner level Illustrator course. You should also have a basic working knowledge of either the Windows or Mac interface as well as some basic knowledge of spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel.

Course Duration

Typically, the course runs from 9:00am - 4:00pm (your time), with an hour lunch break and two short breaks. However, we can be flexible on this.

The number of days the course will take depends on the number of people taking part. But typically for an individual person, the course lasts 1 to 1.5 days.

Course Outline

Data Visualisation
– Info-graphics VS Data Visualisation
– Understanding Each Chart
– Best Charting Practices

The Graph Tools
– The Graph Data Window
– Column Graph Tool and Bar Graph Tool
– Stacked Column Graph Tool and Stacked Bar Graph Tool
– Line Graph Tool
– Area Graph Tool
– Scatter Graph Tool
– Pie Graph Tool
– Radar Graph Tool

Format and Customise The Graph Tools
– Graph Type Menu
– Graph Design Menu
– Graph Column Menu
– Graph Marker Menu
– Combine Different Graph Types
– Modifying Drawn Graphs

Exploiting The Graph Tools to Create Additional Charts
– Creating a Dot Plot
– Creating a Unit Chart or Pictogram Chart
– Creating a Dot Distribution Plot or Barcode Plot
– Creating Proportional Area Chart
– Creating a Slopegraph >

Making Charts Responsive
– How to use ai2html


If you're interested in this course, then press the Apply Now button below and fill in the enquiry form to get in touch. We can then discuss the solutions to fit your training needs and the costs involved.