Piktochart is an online infographic application which allows users without intensive experience as graphic designers to easily create professional-grade infographics using themed templates. The program provides tools to add interactive maps, charts, videos and hyperlinks.
However, Piktochart is limited by the variety of its templates. If you’re looking for a truly unique design for your infographic, then Piktochart may not be your first choice. There are also a few issues with editing the size of items on the infographic, as well as relatively minor restrictions on what you can do with the free version of Piktochart.
You can find Piktochart here.
Once on the site, click “Sign Up” where you will be prompted to create a username and password. If you already have a Facebook account or Google account you can simply sign in to Piktochart via your Facebook username and password or Google username and password.
Once inside, on the left hand side of the window you will see nine tabs:
The Dashboard is where you will find your saved work if you create a project in Piktochart. You can Edit or Preview your work. To save your work to the Dashboard, click on the save button in the top right of the editor. You can also preview your work, download it as a png image, or share it on social media.
1. Begin by opening up a template for any type of media. The same editor is used for all types of media!
2. Next to the canvas page is a small set of icons, marked in the image below. The button with the plus sign is to add another page to your canvas, if needed. The up and down arrows flanking the box with the page number in it, is how you move pages around each other, if you want to change the order of the infographic's pages. The box with an image of two boxes inside is a cloning device, so you can clone the selected element (text box, image box, logo, pattern, etc.) on the page. The box with the 'x' in it is to delete the selected element (text box, image box, logo, pattern, etc.) on the page.
3. In the graphics tab on the left side of the screen, there are options for Shapes and Icons, Lines, Photos, and Photo Frames. These are all elements provided by Piktochart to use on your page. Add one to the canvas, and resize and rotate it to familiarize yourself with the controls.
4. You can also upload files from your computer to use as a graphic. Another resource to find transparent custom icons or images to place on your infographic is TheNounProject.
5. Backgrounds can be applied by simply clicking it once. In some templates, images will be on top of the background and you won't be able to see the changes.
6. You can add text like you add any other visual element. To gain access to the text-edit options, like font, font size, paragraph styles, and colour, click on the textbox, and look up to the top of the page, as marked in the image below.
7. Under "Color-Scheme, you have the option to give the page a set of theme colors (which will change all the default boxes to a complementary color-schemescheme, instead of requiring you to change every element yourself). However, it is a feature only accessible to paid members of Piktochart.
8. Under "Tools", you can add embedded maps, charts, and videos. You can import your chart data from an external source, using a .xlsx formated or a .csv formated data, from chart-making softwares like Microsoft Excel and LibreOffice Calc. You can also embed videos from Youtube and Vimeo with just a link. You CANNOT import any map data from websites like Google Maps or OpenMaps, however.
9. In the top right corner, you can save your project and click "Download" to export your project. There will be an option to "Export as Blocks", which you should only tick if you want to print out your infographic on multiple sheets of paper. If not, exporting as an image or pdf without blocks is the best way to export a purely digital image.
10. You can also click "Share" if you want to publish your graphic online. However, it can no longer be edited once published.