I'm trying to use Illustrator to recreate a line graph I was given. The problem I'm having is that when I use the graph tool in Illustrator, I can't seem to find any option for increasing the number of divisions on the Y-axis.

This is the original: Line Graph with several Y-labels

And this is what I have so far in Illustrator (I haven't ungrouped it to start the actual design yet): Line graph with too few Y-labels

What I want to do is increase the number of labels on the Y-axis so that they're more similar to the original. I know I can ungroup and manually add the labels, but I'd much rather it be done procedurally to minimize human error.

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    The toon is extremely basic, it haw no way of doing this. Either use a external app or draw the labels manually. Personally i would use mathematica for this. But i can understand that most people can not afford it. Maybe you could use a script? – joojaa Apr 8 '16 at 7:28
  • yes it is possible I guess with some tricks and hacks. So please if you don't mind please upload the XLS file. I want ti give it a try. – hsawires Apr 8 '16 at 18:02

Alt/Option click on the graph and select Type (or select the graph, then go Object → Graph → Type).

When this window opens, select the drag down menu for graph options and choose Value axis.

You can then change the range of the values and the number of divisions.


Actually just click on the graph, and on the bottom right you should see "Graph Type" under "Quick Options". Click on it and at the "Graph Options" dropdown menu, select "Value Axis". Then you can feel free to overwrite the default range.

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