How to Create a Rainbow Road Infographic to Celebrate Pride Month
June is Pride Month, when people worldwide take a positive stance against discrimination and violence toward the LGBT community. As well as promoting equality, understanding and tolerance, Pride Month is also a time for celebration and joy.
To celebrate Pride Month here at Envato Tuts+, we’ve created an infographic using the theme of the Pride Marches, which you can recreate for yourself using InDesign and Illustrator. If you want more infographic practice, try this earlier tutorial:
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What You’ll Need to Create Your Infographic
We’ll use Adobe InDesign to create the main artwork for our infographic, and dip into Illustrator briefly to edit vector graphics for the design. You’ll also need to download the following images and font files:
Select the road graphic in the center, and Right-Click > Ungroup, separating the dashed lines from the main body of the road behind.
We want to join the individual sections of the road together, but to do this smoothly, we first have to make sure each section aligns to each other perfectly.
Take the Direct Selection Tool (A) and select individual anchor points at the top of each section of road which overlap another. Use the arrow keys to adjust their position so they meet the other anchor points neatly.
Once you’ve finished aligning the sections, select all the central road sections (excluding the small outlying roads leading to the houses), and Edit > Copy them.
Head back over to your InDesign document and lock the Background layer. Unlock the Road layer. Then Edit > Paste the vector road directly onto this layer. Position towards the top of the page, centrally, as shown below.
Select only the lower four sections of the road, and Edit > Copy.
Edit > Paste, and then Right-Click on the copy and Transform > Flip Horizontal.
Position this overlapping the top section, as shown below.
Switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A) and use this to select the anchor points on the overlapping section, moving them so that they meet each section perfectly, as we did earlier in Illustrator.
When the sections are aligned, select all the sections of the road across the whole page, and go to Object > Paths > Make Compound Path.
Choose New Color Swatch from the Swatches panel, and create six new RGB swatches:
R=237 G=83 B=86
R=245 G=107 B=53
R=253 G=188 B=61
R=64 G=197 B=117
R=75 G=207 B=245
R=196 G=93 B=172
Then choose New Gradient Swatch from the Swatches panel.
Name the swatch Rainbow Road Gradient, and set the Type to Linear and Stop Color to Swatches.
Choose the red swatch, R=237 G=83 B=86, for the left-hand stop, and violet, R=196 G=93 B=172, for the right-hand swatch. Click on the Gradient Ramp to add more stops, graduating the color from your swatches to create a rainbow effect.
Then click Add and OK.
Select the road and apply the Rainbow Road Gradient swatch to the Fill of the vector.
From the Gradient panel (Window > Color > Gradient), you can adjust the Angle of the gradient, so that the color moves from red at the top towards violet at the bottom.
Head back over to Illustrator and the street vector for a moment.
Select the dashed line running along the center of the road, and Edit > Copy it.
Head back to your InDesign document and Edit > Paste it onto the Road layer. Scale and position it to match the top section of road.
Edit > Paste it again, and Right-Click > Transform > Flip Horizontal. Manoeuvre it into position over the lower half of the road.
3. How to Format Typography for Your Infographic
Lock the Road layer and unlock the Type layer at the top.