How to create a colorful Infographic in Adobe Illustrator

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Sometimes we need to communicate difficult information or that might seem boring at first, but if we put it inside an inphographic we can make it more appealing. By the use of graphics, icons or even illustrations we can present the information in a clear way, making reading way easier to understand and retain. So today, we are going to learn how to create a numeric inphographic which we will use to get a clear vision of a theme. So let’s get started!

1. Preparing the new document

The first step is to create a new document (File>New) with the following parameters.

  • Dimensions: 800x600px
  • Color mode: RGB
  • Resolution: 72ppp

Activate the option “Align new objects to Pixel Grid”

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2. Create a background

Step 1

We start creating a background with a rectangle that covers the whole artboard with the Rectangular marquee. We make sure that our layer is centered with the Align panel.

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Step 2

We copy and paste the background on top (Ctrl C+ Ctrl F) and we apply a pattern to the fill color with Swatches>Patterns>Basic graphics>Dots/Lines. And on the Transparency panels Color Dodge and 60% opacity.

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3. Create numeric banners

Step 1

We will make 6 rectangles (where we will put the text later on), with the fill color we like and no stroke.

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Step 2

We apply an Effect>Stylize>Drop Shadow to all the rectangles.

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Step 3

Add the numbers. I’m using a Caviar Dreams which I got from fontsquirrel.com. We will convert the text in to a shape Object>Expand, ungroup, Object>ungroup and add a Drop Shadow.

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Step 4

Adjust the banners with the number. We will do this with the Add anchor point, adding as many points we need and adjusting with the Direct Selection Tool until we get everything nicely integrated.

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4. Create the icons

We will make 6 icons, one for each banner, that define or complete the information. In this case we will create our own icons, but you can find a lot of useful free icons on the web, like for example on Flaticon.

Step 1

ICON 1- This icon is made from basic geometric shapes with the Elliptical marquee and a rounded corner rectangle.

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ICON 2- We make the clock with the Pen tool and the Elliptical marquee.

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ICON 3- We will do the same for the magnifying glass

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ICON 4- For the gear Ellipse, rectangle, Pathfinder>Combine

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ICON 5- For the balloons, Ellipse, rectangle, pen, Pathfinder>Combine.

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ICON 6- And for the light ball Ellipse, rectangle, pen, Pathfinder>Expand

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**Don’t forget to group up every icon when you are done with them and we Expand.

Step 2

We merge the icons, the flags and the numbers. We add an Effect>Outer glow.

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5. Add text

Step 1

Create a text box on each banner (I’ve used a PT Serif font, once again from Fontsquirrel) were ever we want the text to go. We also add a vertical text (Bebas) by rotating.

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Step 2

Create a separation to organize the information, using the Pen tool and playing around with the stroke widths. Expand.

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6. Effects

Now we are going to create an effect that gives the sensation as if the banners came out of the background.

Step 1

We create an elongated vertical ellipse and apply a Blur>Radial Blur. And then with the Eraser tool and Alt pressed, we delete half ellipse.

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Step 2

Now we apply the effect on the right part of the banners.

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Step 3

Now we copy and paste on top the same effect but with the blending mode Multiply.

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7. Final background effect

We make a rectangle the same size as the Artboard and we make sure it’s centered with the align panel. Then we change the blending mode to Multiply and apply a Blur>Radial.

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And we are done! Now we have our inphographic ready to be used. It’s a very versatile design to which we can use for many different purposes. I hope you find it interesting and useful!

Enjoy!

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