In the digital age, we need our information to be visually striking and easy-to-understand, which is why infographics are so popular. Useful for presentations and web-based projects, infographics combine our desire for brevity and our need to visualize information. To save time, designers often use customizable vector templates as the basis of their projects.
GraphicStock has a wide variety of vector graphics that can help bring your data to life. This quick and simple tutorial will show you how to edit pre-made vector infographics with your own information using Illustrator. And if you want to give your project some extra edge, check out our pro-tips at the end of the tutorial.
Step 1. Choose the vector template that best represents your data.
You can choose your own, or use the one we’ve downloaded for this tutorial. Whichever one you choose, make sure it will best present the data you’re working with. For numeric data, charts, and graphs are your best bet, while more text-based data is best presented using vectors like the one in this example, which groups text into small, manageable pieces.
Step 2. Remove the sample text.
As you may know already, vector images are layers comprised of groups made of different paths, or individual objects. In Illustrator, you can bring up the list of layers, groups, and paths by pressing F7 on your keyboard. From there, you can expand each layer to reveal the groups within the layer, and then the paths that make up each group.
Double-click on the text you want to replace. In your Layers window, the group and paths that make up this text will be highlighted. Most vector images that contain text will have each individual letter as its own path.
Since each path is grouped, you can simply click the eye next to the group of text paths in the Layers window, which will make it invisible. Or, you can simply select the text in your template and press Delete.
Repeat this step for any text in the image you want to remove and/or replace. If you accidentally delete a group or path you wanted to keep and can’t find it in your Layers window, just press Command+Z to undo.
Step 3. Add your own text.
Now that the sample text has been removed, it’s time to replace it with your own. Select the Type Tool and click on the image where you want to place your text. With this particular image, we found it helpful to type outside the blue areas, then use the Selection Tool to move the text to the pertinent area. Type your text, then highlight it and use the drop-down menus at the top to adjust your text as needed.
To create a new text area, click the Selection tool, then re-click the Type Tool and click on a new area on the image.
Pro-tip: Change colors of elements in your infographic.
The right colors can make or break an infographic. You’ll want to use bright, vibrant hues to grab and keep your reader’s attention. Yet, you’ll also want to ensure that the color you’ve chosen for your text doesn’t clash with the background color, or make your text unreadable. These adjustments can be time-consuming, so if you plan on changing colors with text in the foreground, do this step first before adjusting text colors.
First, select the shape or object where that you want to change. Make sure the entire shape is selected and not just part. Then, double-click the Fill square and choose your color. Click OK. Repeat as needed for each object you want to apply a color change.
In this particular template, the colored bars have a gradient effect. Make sure the Fill box also has a gradient effect or your entire bar will become a single shade of the color you choose, plus obscure your text.
Pro-tip: Insert additional graphics or a logo.
If you’re making your infographic for business purposes, you’ll want to brand your infographic with your company logo. Even without a logo, infographics are best served with additional designs—but never in a way that detracts from the main focus.
In this case, we’ll dress up our project with a couple of computer images as well as the GraphicStock logo. Adding these images to the infographic template is super easy. Simply click File, then Place, and then select the image you want to insert into your infographic—EPS, AI or SVG files work best.
You can use the Selection tool to move and adjust the size of your graphics or logo if necessary, and repeat for other graphics as needed.
And there you have it! You’ve now created an infographic using a vector image as your base that is endlessly customizable. If you want to practice on this image or on another one of our templates, here are 20 of our most popular infographic vectors. Pick your favorite or download them all.
When you’re done, share your project with us in the comments or upload it to Instagram and make sure to tag @GraphicStock_.
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