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Infographics: Canva

Your guide on how to use Canva or Piktochart to make eye-popping and informational infographics.

Getting Started with Canva

1) To get started with Canva, you need to first make an account. You can do this by connecting Facebook or Google, or by registering your email. 

2) Once you are all settled, you can begin! You can do this by clicking the "Create a Design" button on the top left of the home screen. From here you can either search for the infographics template or create something completely from scratch by clicking "Custom dimensions" and then entering your desired dimensions. If you search for the infographics template, your document will load as completely blank but will have specific measurements.

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3) You can also scroll down on the page before clicking "Create a design" and instead choose "Templates." You can search within this tab or scroll down until you reach the Infographic category. Click "See all" to browse the whole collection. 

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Let's now go through the ways to design based on a template versus through an original design. Each of these has its own box on the page, so scroll on to see more!

When you are finished wih your design, regardless of which method you choose, select "Publish" at the top right to save your infographic. There will be a number of options to choose from, some depending on if you have a premium membership or not. You should be able to get all you need out of a free membership however.

Working from a Template

1) To get started with a template, follow the steps from above, then make a selection from one of the template options. You can click "See more" in the infographics section to see the whole collection. Your template will appear in Canva's editing window with a panel on the left side, filled with tabs for other templates, photos, elements (i.e. graphics, frames, charts, lines, etc), text, backgrounds and more.

2) You can change a template's text by clicking on it, then typing your intended information. The bar at the top of the screen will allow you to change font and other formatting options. See a before vs. after below.

      

3) You can also change the information that is entered in template graphs by clicking on the graph. A data-input menu will appear to the left of the template, where you can change data and paste information from spreadsheets.

4) You can also change the color and transparency of graphics or pictures that are already on the template by clicking on them and going to the top menu bar. Here you can also link the graphics to external sources, lock their position on the page, and duplicate them.

5) You can group and ungroup graphics by holding down shift and selecting all of them, then click "Group" or "Ungroup" on the top menu bar.

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6) To add another page to your infographic, you can click "Add new page" at the bottom or the plus botton at the top right. The buttons next to it represent making a copy of the page and adding notes for personal reference. If you want your second page to look exactly the same as the first, choose the copy option. From there, you can change things again as you see fit. If you choose "Add new page" your document will add a blank page with a solid color. 

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7) To add your own graphics and make the template properly yours, click and drag your element of choice from the menu to the left onto your infographic. You can also just click, which will place the element in the middle of your document.

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More detailed customization will be discussed in the "Starting from Scratch" box!

Working from Scratch

1) To get started on your own, make sure you follow the instructions above up to step 2.

2) If you choose to work with your own dimensions, the menu to the left of the editing window will provide options for templates of all kinds. However, if you choose to follow the infographic dimensions by selecting "Infographic" under "Create a design" (see step one of "Getting Started"), the menu will provide you will templates tailored to infographics. This will be at the top of the menu, with tabs for photos, elements, text, and so on underneath. 

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3) The best place to start is to go to the backgrounds tab and select something that appeals to your preferences and your topic. You can search for what you want in the search bar at the top. Once you've found what you want, click on it and it will appear on your blank document.

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4) You can add text to your document through the text tab, where you can use generic headings, sub-headings and body. You can also use preformatted font groupings. To add generic text, just click one of the options at the top. To add preformatted text, click it or drag it to where you want on the document, or search in the top bar for what you want. 

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5) It works the same way in the photos tab, the elements tab, and other tabs. You can browse through trending or by topic/element type, and you can also search for something specific. You can drag things to where you want them or click to send them to the middle of the screen. You can also make photos into backgrounds by dragging them onto the document and waiting until they take up the background space before you release your mouse.

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6) If you plan to add any charts, a new menu will appear once you drag them onto your infographic. This is where you will be able to enter the information that makes your graphic an infographic! You can paste information from a spreadsheet or manually enter it. 

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7) The uploads tab will allow you to import your own graphics, images, and other things from your own computer that you can then use in the infographic. 

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8) If you find you need to add a second page (by clicking add a new page at the bottom or the plus to the top right) the background will match whatever you have chosen for your first page. You'll then be free to copy and paste elements from the first page by right clicking on them. This will make it easy to keep the same layout throughout the infographic while being able to change the information. 

 

Tips and Tricks

  • If anything that you put on your infographic has a small crown undefined on it, that means it is a premium feature and will require you to pay if you want to download your infographic. To avoid that problem, just avoid using premium items unless you are willing to get a premium membership!
  • Infographics are all about making information clear, impactful and easy to remember, so make sure that you let the graphics and large words guide your design. The layout should be attention-grabbing, but not overwhelming to read. Make sure you present the most important information and don't put too much on one page. Try using larger lines of text paired with graphics and large percentages or fractions, then explain briefly in smaller text.