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Designing Thought-Provoking Infographics in Illustrator
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Released Apr 29, 2013
Laura Hawk

Pluralsight

Laura Hawk
In this Illustrator tutorial, we will learn how to create an infographic from scratch.

We start out by discussing why infographics are appealing and when are good scenarios to use them. We'll then learn a little bit about the researching process and a step-by-step list for the preparations you need to go through when doing your own research on your topic.

Then, we dive into Illustrator and spend some time setting up our typography in an appealing and cohesive layout. We also learn how to use some of Illustrator's built-in tools for creating custom charts and graphs and also some of the tools for creating illustrations and icons for the infographic.

This tutorial is great for any designer who wants to create an infographic, has a basic understanding of illustrator, and wants to know the best workflow for executing this type of process from start to finish.

By the end of this training, you'll have created your very own infographic about coral reefs. You'll also understand some new useful tips about typography, charts, icons, color choices, and many more essential pieces to creating a thought-provoking infographic.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:12
Why use an infographic? Where to start making your own
2

Why use an infographic? Where to start making your own

 
14:27
Setting up the document and choosing our colors
3

Setting up the document and choosing our colors

 
18:15
Creating the title layout
4

Creating the title layout

 
16:45
Setting up the main headers
5

Setting up the main headers

 
11:33
Building the header for the tone-shift call-out text
6

Building the header for the tone-shift call-out text

 
11:45
Setting the type for the secondary headers
7

Setting the type for the secondary headers

 
07:44
Setting the fact section's pull-quote style type
8

Setting the fact section's pull-quote style type

 
14:56
Building the animal life pull-quote
9

Building the animal life pull-quote

 
05:30
Setting the type for the main call-out
10

Setting the type for the main call-out

 
17:45
Setting the last two call-outs and all the remaining stand alone text blocks
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Setting the last two call-outs and all the remaining stand alone text blocks

 
14:12
Creating pie charts
12

Creating pie charts

 
19:32
Building a customized scatter graph
13

Building a customized scatter graph

 
14:12
Creating a column graph with customized shapes
14

Creating a column graph with customized shapes

 
14:55
Placing images and accompanying text
15

Placing images and accompanying text

 
15:56
Planning and creating illustrations to use as design elements
16

Planning and creating illustrations to use as design elements

 
15:32
Creating coral illustrations with the blob brush
17

Creating coral illustrations with the blob brush

 
12:08
Painting and drawing branching coral with the Paintbrush and Pencil tools
18

Painting and drawing branching coral with the Paintbrush and Pencil tools

 
13:56
Creating cohesive icon illustrations
19

Creating cohesive icon illustrations

 
18:41
Placing the illustrations
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Placing the illustrations

 
17:31
Placing the icons and their labels
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Placing the icons and their labels

 
10:14
Exporting as a PDF with crop marks
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Exporting as a PDF with crop marks

 
04:53