I’ve spent a bit of time recently talking about some of the newer and groovier features in Creative Suite 2, so it’s great to see Veerle chime in with this easy-to-follow tutorial on producing stylish pie charts using Illustrator CS2.

I think the nicest feature is Illustrator lets you to leave the data in a permanently editable state, making it trivial to export new chart graphics as new data becomes available. I remember older versions of Freehand forcing me to re-enter the data for each chart.

In my experience the chart tools can occupy a bit of a blindspot if you don’t use them often — after a while you don’t even see that button — so if that’s you, here’s the perfect chance to get up to speed. And, of course, once you’re ‘mastered of the pie‘, there’s a selection of other equally useful chart formats for you to tinker with. Very slick and quick.

Alex manages design and front end development for sitepoint.com and is SitePoint's Design and UX editor.

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  • Amit Karmakar

    Another neat tutorial by Veerle!

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