How to Create a Graph in Photoshop
By Daniel Ketchum
Adobe Photoshop is one of the most popular graphics programs on the market . This is due in no small measure to its versatility. Photoshop is used for a wide array of projects, from creating ads and brochures to making your animations. It can also be used to create first-rate graphs for business presentations or government websites.
Gather the data you will base your graphs on. Choose how you want the data displayed. For example if you want to demonstrate a change in sales figures, you could do this as a bar graph, with the vertical axis representing sales and the horizontal representing time. If you also want to use your data to show different in the sales of different types of items you could do this with a pie chart.
Open Photoshop. Select “File” and click “New.”In the dialog that opens enter the size in pixels that you want for the graph. Set the resolution to what you need for your project. For example, if you are placing it on the Internet you should set it to 72, but if it will be printed you should set it to 300. Click “OK.”
Select the “Pen” tool from the toolbar and draw in the lines showing the top and bottom of your bar graph. Apply a stroke to all the lines.
Select the “Rectangular” Shape tool and on left side of the canvas draw in your bar graph, changing the “Fill” color for each one.
Select the “Ellipse” tool, and draw a circle on the right side of the canvas. Change the “Foreground” color. Use the “Polygonal” selection tool to select a pie shaped slice of the circle, creating one of the percentages you want to show. Fill it using the Paintbucket tool. Change the color and repeat this for each segment.
Select the “Text”tool and type in all the text and numbers you want for your graphs. Select “File” and click
Daniel Ketchum holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University where he also attended graduate school. Later, he taught history and humanities. Ketchum is experienced in 2D and 3D graphic programs, including Photoshop, Poser and Hexagon and primarily writes on these topics. He is a contributor to sites like Renderosity and Animotions.