5 Replies Latest reply on Apr 27, 2015 4:04 AM by swechris73

    For all the Illustrator chart gurus


      I work in the financial industry and I have to add data labels to all bars that appear in my performance graphs (see http://fundinvestor.calamos.com/ClosedEndFunds/CEFund.aspx?name=CHI under the "Performance" tab as an example). What's a way to do this without keying these numbers in per data point? I saw there's this technique that Adobe offers for column totals: http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/Illustrator/13.0/help.html?content=WS714a382cdf7d304e7e07d 0100196cbc5f-619e.html but that's not working. What am I doing wrong? Adding data labels to bars is ridiculously simple in Excel, why can't I find the way to do it easily in Illustrator?

        • 1. Re: For all the Illustrator chart gurus

          Not a guru, but that link does explain it, in all its relative rube goldberginess.


          draw a rectangle for the column, color it etc; using the text tool, type % and then 0 followed by a digit that represents how many numbers you wish to appear after the decimal (%03 would get you 4.123 for instance); format the text as you will; place the text where you want it relative to the rectangle; group the rectangle and the text; select design under object>graph; make new design.


          make graph; enter data; close data window; select graph; under object>graph>column select column design and column type (I like sliding the best)


          You can color individual columns using direct select tool.


          Excel probably works better

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          • 2. Re: For all the Illustrator chart gurus
            mnoone19 Level 1

            Thanks so much for the translation from the Adobe instructions. But using this setup distorts the bars vertically, even though the correct data number displays above the column. It looks like the bar gets smooshed vertically to fit in the data label, but the top of the bar is no longer hitting at the right point on the y axis. And with negative numbers, the data label is reflected, thus reading backwards when applying the column design. Any insights? I tried every which way, every option in the column design drop downs, and there's no magic combination.

            • 3. Re: For all the Illustrator chart gurus
              Wade_Zimmerman Level 6

              I am not at computer with Illustrator but this is what I would try.


              One leaving a space between the top of the rectangle and input text or


              drawing another rectangle with no fill and no stroke and placing that between the rectangle and the text input.

              • 4. Re: For all the Illustrator chart gurus

                did you ever get resolution on this issue? I am having the exact same problems and am stumped!

                • 5. Re: For all the Illustrator chart gurus

                  put the numbers inside the rectangle of the graph before making it into a 'design'