Creating a Pie Chart can be super easy. And I mean SUPER EASY. In just a few easy steps you can create a pie chart with any percentages and make it perfect, each and every time. And discover Illustrators hidden calculator!
I have drawn a circle and have a few values I want to make a pie chart from. This works with as many values as you want!
One the right side of the cirle is a small circle handle. When you click and drag it will make the circle into a pie shape. The tool hint comes up and shows information but this is not super useful since we have percentages and it shows measurements in degrees.
To make this easy, open up the Transform Panel from the Window Menu. Here you can put in your percentages.
This requires math. Illustrator has a built in calculator!! Take the percentange and multiply it by 3.6. This will give your the degrees of the pie you need.
Select the circle, put you values in the Transform Panel Pie Chart Start Angle. This field IS THE CALCULATOR. Notice that I input 35 * 3.6, then hit return and the calculation is done!
Yes, it is that easy! My pie chart now shows 35%. But now I want the missing piece as well, this only shows me part of the pie.
Duplicate the circle and click on the Invert pie chart button. This gives you the opposite piece of the pie.
Put the pieces together and you have your pie chart.
Another nice trick is to add a heavy stroke to the pie in one of the colors, this helps to show the values better. I used Museo Slab as the font.