Infographic in Photoshop, Illusttrator, InDesign
For the timeline design element, French incorporates lines, text and photographs to create a scaled timeline. First he demonstrates how to draw the scale lines, using the Blend feature to make evenly spaced lines horizontally along the timeline. Next, he copy/pastes the Excel data as text into the timeline. Finally. he shows how to us a clipping mask to “crop” all the photographs to the same circular shape.
French moves to InDesignR to create the bulleted list design element. He shows how to create styles for both the text and the bullets. Then he exports this as a PDF and uses the Place command to add it to the project in Illustrator.
The last step in the project is to convert the layout into a vertical layout for the web, beginning by changing the width of the layout to a more web-friendly size. Next he makes the needed adjustments to each design element to fit into the new layout and decides on the vertical placement of each element. Finally, he saves the document as a PNG file.
Although only 1 hour and 50 minutes, I found the course to be very interesting not only for creating infographics but also for learning some intermediate tasks in Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. I find project based courses such as this are the best way to learn graphic and design software.
Nigel French has 39 courses at lynda.com, as well as a book entitled InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign from Adobe Press.
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