How To Design Infographics in Adobe Illustrator 2018

Any successful infographics should be simple enough to drive attention to data and at the same time, it should provide a logical skeleton for the information you put inside.

In today’s tutorial, I am going to show you how to design an infographic template comprised of interconnected circles. You will learn how to work with gradients applied to the stroke, a Scissors Tool and finally basic transformations in Adobe Illustrator.

Infographic template tutorial

This tutorial doesn’t require drawing skills or any use of the Pen Tool. Let’s start.

Step 01. New Document

Start a New Document at the size of 1920x0180px. Show the Grid with shortcut Ctrl/Cmd+" and Snap to the Grid with Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+" .

Show and Snap to the grid in adobe illustrator

Step 02. Create Circles

Create a 400px circle using the Ellipse Tool. Make a duplicate with Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+C and Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+F and size it down to 280px of the width.

Circles\

Step 03. Add Gradient to the Stroke

Set a Fill Color to none, Stroke to black. Increase the Stroke Weight to 60px. Make sure your stroke is aligned to center, rather to inside or outside. Head over to the Gradient Panel (Ctrl/Cmd+F9) and apply a default gradient to the stroke.
Stroke

Select the Align Gradient Across option and reduce the darkness of the black Gradient Stop to 20% grey.

Set Gradient across Stroke

Step 04. Slice a Half

Slice a half of both circles with a Scissors Tool. Connect the halves end-to-end as shown in the picture below.

Connect Halves end to end

Duplicate this object and place the duplicate next to the original to create an abstract “wave”.

Wave

Make a duplicate of the entire “wave” and adjust the position of its compounds to match the original object. Basically, we connect them into the circles again (see the picture).

Create circles from waves

Step 04. Finalize the Shape

Now, let’s play with gradients and z-order of the semicircles. Please follow the picture below, to arrange the semicircles properly. Use shortcuts  Ctrl+Shift+}and Ctrl+Shift+{ to change the order of the objects on the Layers Panel.

Bring backward and forward

As you may notice, I split the third half in the top row into two quarters with the Scissors Tool. Then I brought left quarter backward and right one – forward.

Next step is to change the direction of some gradients to the opposite by clicking Reverse Gradient icon on the Gradient Panel.

Reverse Gradient

Step 05. More Colorful Circles

This is the easiest one. Grab an Ellipse Tool and holding Shift key create a circle with a diameter to fill up the hole inside our main design.

Apply a gradient to the fill and change the Type to Radial. Select two colors from a monochromatic color palette. One should be brighter than the other.

Make three duplicates and change the colors using Recolor Artwork Tool ( Color Wheel icon ). Do not forget to “Link Harmony Colors” in order to apply changes to both color-circles at the same time.

Recolor Artwork Tool

That’s all, we are done. Your last step is to either place some icons from Vecteezy or Freepik business collections, resize and change the color to white.

If you want more tutorials in the similar vein, check my Youtube channel or read more infographic articles on the vitorials net.

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