Any graphic designer familiar with using Adobe Illustrator can modify or edit a responsive screen graphics produced by Graphic News using conventional design techniques. There are two main differences: Instead of one artboard as with a printable graphic, two artboards are used - one for the mobile phone version and one for the laptop tablet version. Secondly, the text in the “publish” layer is outlined. If you want to edit the text you therefore need to replace the outlined text with the editable text (which is stored in the Translation Layer - and which can be accessed by going to the Translation View).

When you first open a screen graphic, you will see lots of “yellow stickers” giving instructions. When you are familiar with these instructions you can avoid the stickesr by going to Edit View

Last modified: March 2017 - Use of two Artboards (rather than three)

| 1. PRINCIPLE | 2 . AI2HTML SCRIPT - familiarisation | 4. PUBLISHING | 5. SCREEN TO PRINT |

  1. Download a screen graphic and open the Master .ai file in Adobe Illustrator CS4 (or later)
  2. Replace the outlined text in the Text Layer with the editable text in the Translation Layer
    This can most easily be done by toggling between Text View (which shows only the text in the graphic with everything else invisible and locked) with the Translation View (which shows only the Translation Layer, with other layers locked and invisible).
    TIP: If you copy the text in one Layer you can paste it exactly in position in another layer using Cmd-F
  3. Translate or edit the text using styling exactly as you would a print graphic.
    NOTE: The template used to create screen graphics (currently) uses layers and fonts (Franklin Gpthic and Helvetica as per prit graphics) to facilitate the conversion of a print graphic from Artboard 1 or conversely, to transfer translated text from a print graphic onto Artboard.
    TIP: After transferring translated text from a print graphic into Artboard 1, scale by 205%, and position to align with the Translation Layer text (by locking the translation layer and making it visible) using the arrow keys
    TIP: To scale, select the text, Click on the letter S, Hold down the Alt key and click anywhere on the document. This brings up the scale box.

  4. If more space is needed to accommodate additional lines of text, move the artwork below the additional line, and then enlarge the Artboard accordingly.
    TIP: When moving objects or text, lock all layers except the layer you want to move
    TIP: Use the Cursor Key (i.e. keyboard arrows) to move objects rather than moving by eye. Set the Cursor key by Cmd-K, set to 20, then return.
    TIP In the Artboard palette - Select the Artboard and click on the Artboard symbol to the right of the Artboard name. This brings up a menu. Increase the height of the Artboard by 20pt for each additional line of text. Then move the artwork below the additional line

  5. Racking and packing
    • Copy the editable text, and replace the text in the Translation Layer with this editable text (by toggling between the Translation View and the Text View), before outlining the text.
      TIP: To outline text Select, Type/Create Outline
      TIP: Text can be selected by dragging the Direct Select tool over the text, or by selecting sequentially with the Direct Selection Tool - holding the shift key down

      TIP: If you need further text changes after you have run the script, you can go to the pre-outlined state by doing sequential Cmd-Z
    • Check the Artboards names are still Artboard 1 and Artboard 2 - For some reason the names seem to morph - especially if using different language keyboards. So check, and if the names need to be reinstated go to the Artboard Palette, click on the Artboard Icon to the right of each artboard name to bring up the menu and edit the artboard name.
    • Go to Publish View and run the AI2HTML script. Check that the .png are labelled 1 and 2. If not, trash the output folder, edit the artboard names (as above) and re-run the script. Save to Adobe Illustrator CS4.

21 days to go until NEW GRAPHIC NEWS - a new website for a new era.

28 years ago — April 2, 1991 — the original Graphic News launched using a precursor to today’s websites that used email technology. These enabled infographics to be delivered electronically around the world over telephone lines. What was possible was very limited - It took 10 minutes for a 100K file to download.

Since then delivery speeds and website technology have moved on. The new website will offer the best online experience possible now, adding many new features (and offering new opportunities for the future), but still enabling existing users to select and download infographics and enjoy the distinct brand of visual journalism that is Graphic News.

Over the coming days I will give further information. Please contact me if you have any questions. Fiona Roberts, froberts @ graphicnews.com