Creating Maps, Charts, and Infographics with Adobe Illustrator: Learn by Video | Peachpit

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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. The video is wrapped in a unique interface that allows you to jump to any topic and also bookmark individual sections for later review. The unique Watch-and-Work mode shrinks the video into a small window to allow you to work alongside in Illustrator using project files that are included with the video course. And, at the end of every lesson, you can test your knowledge by taking interactive quizzes to help reinforce all of that freshly gained knowledge. The instructor uses Adobe Illustrator CS6 in this video, however the design principles are applicable to all versions of Illustrator. Duration:12 HR 17 minUser Level:¿Beginning/IntermediateSystem Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6.3 or greater, Safari 5.1.9+, Firefox 21+, or Chrome 29+Windows XP or greater, Firefox 21+, Chrome 21+, or IE 8Please Note: * The course uses pop-ups, please enable them in your browser.¿For more information on how to enable Pop-ups please see our Learn By Video FAQ page¿ Use grids and Illustrator’s alignment tools to create a solid structure for your compositions. Learn to mask objects and photos and arrange a layout in which to place images and text for your infographics. Learn how to effectively use the Pen tool, arguably the most important tool in Adobe Illustrator when it comes to drawing anything. Combine different shapes into one with advanced tracing techniques using Illustrator’s Pathfinder tools and learn how to design a locator map based on copyright-free sources. Design a step-by-step explanatory graphic based on complex vector illustrations of hands, arms, and objects. Learn how to create realistic shadows on objects using a broad variety of tools and techniques and how to create and store color palettes and apply them to complex illustrations. Simulate three-dimensional (3D) effects in Illustrator and learn to draw infographics in isometric perspective. Source.

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