Illustrator tutorial: Importing and graphing numerical data |

Explore how to work with numerical data inside Illustrator. This tutorial show how to import and graph data. Watch more at

This tutorial is a single movie from the Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Mastery course presented by author Deke McClelland. The complete course duration is 6 hours and 38 minutes and shows how to become more efficient, exact, and creative with the advanced tools like pattern brushes, Gradient Mesh, and opacity masks in Illustrator.

33. Using Smart Guides
34. Working with Symbols
35. Gradient Mesh
36. Opacity Masks
37. Liquify and Envelope
38. Pattern Brushes
39. Charts and Pictographs
40. 3D Effects


6 thoughts on “Illustrator tutorial: Importing and graphing numerical data |”

  1. Several points in this tutorial Reveal the layers of absurdity in Adobe’s workflow. So many decades of Frankenstiened features deliver us to this point where typing to import a file in a commonly supported format returns a cryptic error message, with an unsearchable secret code for why the document can not be opened. Connecting data to visualizations could be a very powerful part of Illustrator, and yet, the opportunity is picked up by other companies who have the vision to realize what people really intend to do. Adobe products are largely built by engineers with a tool mentality, rather than anyone trying to connect with the intent of the user to deliver a useable product that has value and ease of use.

  2. How do you convert the spreadsheet .xml file to the tab delimited text file!? That's a crucial step that you left out… wtf lynda

  3. this tutorial was fine until it got to the third import….You created another file from excel which was able to open in Illustrator. thats great and all but if WE the viewers don't know how to create the third file how can we ever copy and past it into the illustrator data???

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