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I am just getting started with Illustrator and am trying to use it to make a scatter plot with some custom (but not that unique) markers. I would like some of the data points on the attached file to be triangles instead of the standard squares or circles. I have read in tutorial material that I can select the group that is a certain data series, then go to Object > Graph > Marker to insert a custom shape (such as a .eps or .pdf file of the shape that I would like the marker to be), but for some reason when I do this, the option is grayed out and I am unable to select it. 

 

Any help on what I need to do differently to make this method work, or another effective method for doing this would be great!

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You need to create it in relation to the default marker. Then put a square the size of the existing marker in the background (no stroke, no fill).

 

I cannot understand why the other markers are reverting, but graphs are ancient after all and tend to mess them selves up.

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Custom plot markers

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I am just getting started with Illustrator and am trying to use it to make a scatter plot with some custom (but not that unique) markers. I would like some of the data points on the attached file to be triangles instead of the standard squares or circles. I have read in tutorial material that I can select the group that is a certain data series, then go to Object > Graph > Marker to insert a custom shape (such as a .eps or .pdf file of the shape that I would like the marker to be), but for some reason when I do this, the option is grayed out and I am unable to select it. 

 

Any help on what I need to do differently to make this method work, or another effective method for doing this would be great!

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Correct answer by Monika Gause | Adobe Community Professional

You need to create it in relation to the default marker. Then put a square the size of the existing marker in the background (no stroke, no fill).

 

I cannot understand why the other markers are reverting, but graphs are ancient after all and tend to mess them selves up.

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You'll have to create the marker design in the file.

The process is the same as creating a custom bar.

Please see here: https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/graphs.html#adding_pictures_and_symbols_to_graphs

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When I follow this guide, it allows me to change the markers, but it impacts other data as well. The other markers are reverted back to their default, and I cannot use the group select tool to change them all at once. Additionally, the marker size for the one that I created cannot be changed, and it is much smaller than the size that I created it to be. green triangle.PNG

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You need to create it in relation to the default marker. Then put a square the size of the existing marker in the background (no stroke, no fill).

 

I cannot understand why the other markers are reverting, but graphs are ancient after all and tend to mess them selves up.

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