Create a Line Chart Design

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a neat line chart design in Graphic for iPad.

For starters you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create the main shape using the Rounded Rectangle Tool. Next, you''ll learn how to ease your work with a simple script and the use of that Align stroke to pixel grid feature. Taking full advantage of the Effects pane, you will learn how how to create the colored lines.

Finally, you'll learn how to add a bunch of text and how to stylize it.

Step 1

First of all you need to install a new font. Download the Ubuntu Mono Bold font and add it inside your Dropbox/iCloud folder. Focus on the left side of the Titlebar and tap the Import icon. Tap the option that you prefer and thne simply upload your Ubuntu Mono Bold font.

Step 2

From the Documents Browser, tap the plus button at the top-left corner of the Titlebar and choose the Grid document style.

Focus on the right side of the Titlebar and tap the Settings icon. Go to the Canvas pane, set the Width and Height to 600 px, select Pixels for the base unit, and make sure that the Pixel-Align Strokes feature is disabled, for now.

Next, we'll set up the document grid. Switch to the Grid & Rulers pane. Make sure that the Snap to Grid feature is enabled and keep in mind that this is where you should come whenever you wish to enable or disable the grid or the Snap to Grid. Finally, open that Grid Settings pane, enter 5 px in both Spacing boxes and 0 lines in the Subdivisions box.

Step 3

Focus on the Toolbar and notice that by default the fill color is set to white while the line color is set to black.

Tap the Fill color well and set its color to R=54 G=54 B=65 and then then tap the Line color well and drag the Alpha slider to 0%. This will simply make your line invisible. Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, focus on the newly opened Tool Options pane and drag the Radius slider to 5. Move to your canvas and create a 310 x 340 px shape.

Step 4

Return to your Toolbar, tap the Fill color and make it invisible and then tap the Line color, make it black (R=0 G=0 B=0) and drag the Alpha slider to 100%.

Using the Pen Tool or the Line Tool, create a 220 px, vertical path and place it exactly as shown in the following image. Make sure that it stays selected, focus on the right side of your Titlebar and tap the leftmost icon. Move to the Effects pane and select the existing Stroke. Make sure that the Width is set to 1 pt and then check that Round Cap button.

Step 5

Make sure that your vertical path is still selected, focus on the let side of your Titlebar and tap the paperclip icon to open the Edit pane. Use those Copy and Paste commands to easily duplicate your vertical path. Select the copy and place it exactly as shown in the first image. Leave a 20 px gap between this copy and the original path. Once again, the grid and the Snap to Grid feature will ease your work.

Create another eight copies and spread them exactly as shown in the second image. Make sure that there's always a 20 px gap between each path.

Step 6

Pick the Path Selection Tool, focus on the newly opened Tool Options pane and activate the Add to Selection mode. Select all your vertical paths and switch to the Rotate Tool.

Focus on the Tool Options pane, set the Angle to 90 degrees and then tap that Copy button. In the end things should look like in the second image.

Step 7

If you choose to export your design as an image you will notice that those horizontal and vertical lines end up looking pretty blurry. This happens because the strokes applies for those lines are not perfectly aligned to the pixels grid. To fix this issue, just go to the Canvas pane and activate that Pixel-Align Strokes feature.

Step 8

Pick the Path Selection Tool and activate the Add to Selection mode.

Select all your vertical and hotizontal paths, focus on the right side of your Titlebar and tap that rectangular icon. Move to the Path pane and tap the Outline Stroke button and then switch to the Combine pane and tap the Union button. Make sure that the resulting shape stays selected, open the Effects pane and simply replace the existing Fill color with R=44 G=44 B=54.

Step 9

Make sure that the shape made in the previous step is still selected, focus on the Effects pane and check the box that stands for the existing Drop Shadow effect to enable it.

Enter 1 in the X and Y boxes, drag the Blur slider to 0 and then tap the color well that stands for this effect. Drag the Alpha slider to 15% and set the color to white (R=255 G=255 B=255). Keep focusing on the Effects pane and tap the cogwheel icon that stands for your Drop Shadow effect. Tap Blend Mode, select the Overlay blend mode and then tap that Done button.

Step 10

Return to your Toolbar, tap the Fill color and drag the Alpha slider to 0% and then tap the Line color, drag the Alpha slider to 100% and set the color to R=0 G=89 B=150.

Pick the Pen Tool, create a simple path roughly as shown in the following image, make sure that it stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Drag the Width slider to 2 pt and check the Round Cap button.

Step 11

Make sure that your blue path stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 12

Make sure that your blue path is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a second Drop Shadow using the plus button located in the bottom, right corner of the pane. Select this new effect, make sure that it lies below the other Drop Shadow and then add the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 13

Make sure that your blue path is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a third Drop Shadow. Place it below the existing effects and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 14

Make sure that your blue path is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a fourth Drop Shadow. Place it below the existing effects and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 15

Make sure that your blue path is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and add a fifth Drop Shadow. Place it below the existing effects and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 16

Make sure that your blue path is still selected, keep focusing on the Effects pane and activate the existing Inner Shadow. Place it below the existing effects and then enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 17

Select your blue path, open that Edit pane and this time tap the Copy Style commnad. Pick the Pen Tool, create a second path roughly as shown in the first image, re-open that Edit pane and tap the Paste Style command.

Make sure that your new path stays selected and focus on the Effects pane. First, select the Stroke and replace the existing color with R=218 G=65 B=0 and then select the top Drop Shadow effect and replace the existing color with R=178 G=25 B=0.

Step 18

Reselect the Pen Tool and create a third path as shown in the first image. Make sure that this new path stays selected, re-open that Edit pane and tap the Paste Style command. Move to the Effects pane, select the Stroke and replace the existing color with R=20 G=145 B=72 and then select the top Drop Shadow effect and replace the existing color with R=0 G=105 B=32.

Step 19

Pick the Text Tool and simply double tap inside that new field. Set the color to R=83 G=83 B=94, select the DIN Condensed Bold font and set the font size to 15 and then add your piece of text.

Using the Move Tool, select this little piece of text and place it as shown in the following image. Make sure that it stays selected and focus on the Effect pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 20

Make sure that your piece of text is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Add a second Drop Shadow, select it and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 21

Make sure that your piece of text is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Add a third Drop Shadow, select it and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 22

Make sure that your piece of text is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Add a fourth Drop Shadow, select it and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 23

Make sure that your piece of text is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 24

Get back to your Toolbar, make the Fill invisible and then set the Stroke color to R=43 G=43 B=53.

Using the Line Tool, create an oblique path as shown in the first image. Make sure that it stays selected, focus on the Effects pane and select the existing Stroke. Check the Round Cap button and make sure that the Width slider is set to 1 pt and then activate the existing Drop Shadow effect and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 25

Get back to your Toolbar, make the Line invisible and set the Fill color to R=83 G=83 B=94.

Reselect the Text Tool and use it to add the two letters shown in the first image. This time use the Ubuntu Mono Bold font with the size set to 10 pt. Make sure that both letters are selected and focus on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 26

Make sure that your two letters are still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Add a second Drop Shadow, select it and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 27

Make sure that your two letters are still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow, select it and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 28

Reselect the Text Tool and use it to add the row and the column of numbers shown in the following image. Use the same font and color attributes used for the little letters.

Step 29

Reselect one of those two letters and tap the Copy Style command from Edit pane and then select all the numbers added in the previous step. Re-open the Edit pane and tap the Paste Style command.

Step 30

Reselect your rounded rectangle, focus on the Effects pane and make sure that the existing Stroke is active. First, tap its color well, drag the Alpha slider to 100% and set the color to R=74 G=74 B=85. Next, drag the Width slider to 2 pt and tap the Inside Alignment button.

Step 31

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Add a second Stroke, select it and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 32

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Add a third Stroke, select it and enter the attributes shown in the following image.

Step 33

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Drop Shadow, enter the attributes shown in the following image and drag this effect right above the bottom Stroke.

Step 34

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Add a second Drop Shadow, enter the attributes shown in the following image and don't forget to drag this effect right above the bottom Stroke.

Step 35

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Shadow, enter the attributes shown in the following image and drag this effect right below the top Stroke.

Step 36

Make sure that your rounded rectangle is still selected and keep focusing on the Effects pane. Activate the existing Inner Glow, enter the attributes shown in the following image and drag this effect right below the Fill.

Finished Design

Congratulations, you've finished the tutorial!

Hope you've enjoyed learning some of the techniques and processes presented in these steps. As always, feel free to adjust the final design and make it your own.

Graphic File: linechart.idraw