How to Create Fast 3D Bar Graph – Illustrator Tutorial

Using Bar Graphs in Presentations can be extremely helpful to pitch your company idea. Using Illustrator I will create a simple and basic bar graph which you can use in your PowerPoint. The image is vector so we can easy adjust the perspective and depth we have on our graph. Also easily being able to update color and style of graph. You could also choose to work in Cinema 4d, but for beginners Illustrator is the fastest and easiest to update. I will include my file at the end so you can use it to learn from.

 

1) Open Illustrator, Press [Ctrl + N] to open a new document. (Web – 800×600px – Landscape)

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2) Using your Column Graph Tool [J], create a box about half the size of the document. Type anything into the box columns of data. make it basic – I used 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Click ‘Apply’ at the top right to confirm the data. You will see the bars appear. I also made sure to save my project.

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3) Move the data graph out of the way for now. Using the Selection Tool [V] highlight the whole graph. Ungroup the object (Shift + Ctrl + G), confirm you want to ungroup. Using your Direct Selection Tool [A], highlight everything BUT the bar graphs and delete by pressing your (Del) key. This wont look good once you make it 3D, that’s why we remove it.

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4) Change the color, Highlight with [V]. Remove the stroke to invisible, and add any color to the main bar. I picked blue to match our site. I would suggest not using black because it’s hard to see the graphs shadow. Also make sure to change the graph from ‘Grayscale’ to ‘RGB’ but opening up the “Color” options and selecting ‘RGB’.

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5) Go to (Effect > 3d > Extrude & Bevel).

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6) Select ‘Preview’ so you can see the 3D in real-time. Some computers won’t render fast enough, beware. In the drop down panel at the top left choose [Isometric Right], and press Ok.

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Well, There you go. A Bar Graph that is not only good looking but extremely simple to implement.

 

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