How to create tag clouds in Illustrator

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How to create tag clouds in Illustrator
Display frequency data in a visually attractive tag cloud format. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Tag clouds are often used in place of lists or tables to display keyword or phrase frequency data in a visual form. Some programs and online applications scan documents or text passages and automatically produce tag clouds that you can add to your website, blog post, document or presentation. Adobe Illustrator is primarily designed as a vector graphics program for producing illustrations. As such, it doesn't offer an automatic tag cloud feature. However, you can use the program's shape and text tools to produce an effective tag cloud graphic.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open a new document in Adobe Illustrator.

  2. 2

    Click to select the "Draw shapes" tool button in the left menu. Select a shape such as a rectangle or square from the list of available shapes. The shape you choose doesn't really matter, because it won't show in the final tag cloud.

  3. 3

    Move the mouse cursor to the position on the document where you want to add the shape. Press and hold down the mouse left-click button and drag the shape to your preferred size.

  4. 4

    Click to select the "Text" tool with the "T" icon in the left menu. Click inside the shape on the document, and then left-click and type the word you want to add to the first shape. Use the formatting tools in the control panel, character pane or paragraph pane to change the font face, size and style of the text.

  5. 5

    Right-click the shape outline and choose "Borders" in the context menu. Click to enable the "No line" check box to remove the shape outline so that just the word you typed is displayed in the document.

  6. 6

    Repeat this procedure for each tag cloud word you want to add. You can alter the size of the words by resizing each shape before you add text.

  7. 7

    Save the document when you've finished your tag cloud to store all changes.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also rotate each word to add variety and visual impact to your tag cloud. Click the "Rotate an object" tool and move your mouse up or down to rotate each word by degrees.

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