How to make a bar chart in Illustrator with Datylon

Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.
Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.

Download and install Datylon for Illustrator

For this tutorial, we assume you have already downloaded and installed the Datylon for Illustrator plug-in. If not, you can sign in and download the plug-in here.

Step 1: Preparing the artboard

It’s a good idea to prepare your artboard before creating a visualization. In most cases you need a chart of a certain size and proportions, so taking care of this in advance will make your life easier. You can set the height and width before creating a document or later in the process. For our design, we will set the size of our artboard to 1280 pixels by 900 pixels.

Step 2: Drawing a chart area

First off, we need to draw the chart area. Select the Datylon icon in the AI toolbar and draw a rectangle that more or less fits the desired dimensions of the bar chart. You can later easily resize both charts if needed: chart elements will be redistributed in the same proportions. By releasing the rectangle, the Datylon pane will appear.

Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.
Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.
Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.
  1. You can upload a file from our Insights platform if you have some data stored there.
  2. You can upload a locally saved file.

Step 3: Binding the first chart

In data visualization, binding the data defines which data drives which visual cue. Some data could drive size, some data could drive position, some data could drive color, etc.

Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.
Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.

Step 4: Styling the first bar chart

Now all the bars of the same group are placed tightly to each other. To separate them go to:

Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.
Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.

Step 5: Drawing and binding the second chart

To create a second chart repeat the same steps as for the first chart. The first step is to draw a chart. It will be a vertically oriented chart so try to make it tall and narrow. Then choose a suitable chart from defaults — a stacked column chart — it is the 23rd default chart.

Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.
Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.
Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.

Step 6: Styling the second bar chart

The first step is to make a reference to Daily Norms data. To do that use the overlay options. It will place the selected bar on top of other bars. As there’s only one bar to place the simplest option “On Top” can be selected.

Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.
Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.
Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.
Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.
Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.
Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.
Learn how to make a fully editable, scalable and reusable bar graph design in Adobe Illustrator with Datylon.

Datylon Bar Chart Resources

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