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Infographics: Piktochart

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

Getting Started with Piktochart

1) The first step to working with Piktochart, much like Canva, is to create an account. Once that is done, you will be at your account dashboard. From there, you can either click on the "Infographics" tab on the sidebar to the left, where there will be many templates to choose from, or you can click on the + button above it to create a new, original design. 

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2) After you click "Create new" you can choose a generic infographic template or a custom document from among the options, just like in Canva. Choosing the infographics option will actually take you to the same infographics page as the tab on the side of the dashboard, where you can simply pick "blank template."

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3) If you choose "Custom sizes" you will have to put your desired measurements in the window that pops up.

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Scroll on to see the different ways to create with a template or without!

When finished, head up to the top bar and preview the product by pressing the small eye icon, then download it with the button to the right or share to the web with the final button in that row.

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Working with a Template

1) To start working with a template, select one from the infographics tab. You can search by topics in the search bar at the top or browse through the options. 

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2) You can preview templates that interest you, but once you decide on one it will open in an editing window. On the left edge of the infographic itself, you will see a small vertical bar. From top to bottom, you can add a bloc, which is a section of information, move a block up or down, clone a block, delete a block, and access settings which will let you change the dimensions of your document.

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3) Further to the left is the tabbed menu where you will be able to manage most of the additions to the document. Here you have graphics, design components, uploads from your computer, backgrounds, text, color scheme options, and tools. You can click on each tab to bring up available options and click on what interests you. It will appear on your document. 

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4) You can edit text that is on the template by double-clicking on it, then using the menu at the top of the page to edit font, color, size, and many other things. You can also create embedded links in your text.

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5) To edit charts that are part of the template, click on them and then click the small pencil in the right corner. A new window will appear with the data that the graph represents, so you can change this data manually or import data. In this window, you can also change the type of chart being used.

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6) You can change the color scheme of your document without having to change each element on the page, simply by heading over to the color scheme tab on the left-hand menu. There, you can pick from any of the pre-designed color options. You can also create your own, but that comes as part of Piktochart's premium membership. 

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7) You can extend and decrease the size of blocks of information by scrolling over the gray line that divides each section, then pulling up or down with your mouse. 

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8) Using the features of the top menu, you can group and lock the position of groups of text and graphics. This will make it easier to keep information together if you decide that it would flow better on a different part of the page.

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Working from Scratch

1) When working from a blank template or custom dimensions, a blank document will appear in the editing window. It's best to move from back to front, so start with the background tab in the left-hand menu. 

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2) You can add a background color by clicking on the one you want, and then you can add a slight tint to it by clicking on the paint bucket at the top of the screen and selecting a color. You can create different backgrounds for different blocks by clicking inside a block before changing the background. 

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3) You can then add text to your document through the text tab. You can click anything from title to body text, then drag it to your desired position once it appears on the document, or you can choose from the text frame options. 

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4) An interesting component of Piktochart is the Design Components tab, which allows you to choose lists, timelines, and comparisons that are pre-formatted. This makes it easier to keep a cohesive and organized theme throughout all of the points that you make. 

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5) However, if you like a more freestyle option, you can stick with the graphics tab. You can insert and change the color of shapes and lines, add photos and include frames. To put a photo in a frame, first click on the frame to add it to your document, then add a picture to it by dragging your selection into the frame. 

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6) To add a block to your document, click the small plus button on the menu on the edge of the document. You can use the arrows below it to move the blocks up or down and you can use the x to delete. To change the size of a specific block, pull up or down on the gray bar that separates it from the other blocks. 

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7) In the tools tab, you can add charts or maps to support the data you present. You can copy data from a spreadsheet into the chart and you can highlight specific areas of maps by changing colors. 

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Tips and Tricks

  • Some features and objects in Piktochart are part of the premium membership, including the color scheme tab. If you would like to make use of this feature, specifically with custom templates, you must pay for it. To avoid this sticky situation, you can use Piktochart templates to use their color schemes or manually match up the colors of all of your elements by sight.

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  • As was said on the Canva page, 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.