How to make a great infographic with Canva

Canva is one of my favorite graphic design tools, as I mentioned before. Canva really change the game for amateur designers. Before Canva came out you had to get Adobe Photoshop or a similar graphic design program that had a high learning curve and try to figure out how to use it with online tutorials.

Canva is a drag and drop editor, which means that you can see your design and all of the tools you need at a glance, and manipulate them by clicking and dragging. Canva has dozens of different pre-sized templates.

There is any social media or web asset you might need, such as Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest or Instagram post and header images. There are also business assets like brochures, flyers, business cards, letterheads, and presentations. There are even resumes and infographic templates.

Today, I’m going to show you how to make an infographic in Canva by editing a pre-made template.

Each template type has many different pre-made design bases to work from. If you are not very advanced, you can simply change the colors or images. If you want a more customized design, you can change everything and make it completely unique. You can also start from scratch and make your own design.

In this video tutorial I’m going to show you -

  • How to add and delete elements from a Canva design.
  • How to change the colors of shapes, clip art and text.
  • How to edit text - changing the fonts, colors, and sizes of text. I’ll also show you how to add more text to a design.
  • How to add images and clip art from the Canva library.
  • How to upload and add your own images to a design.

I’ve been meaning to make an Infographic in Canva for a long time now. It’s no secret that Infographics are extremely popular, and one of the most-shared types of images on Pinterest. This means they are great assets to create for your brand or business to promote social sharing.

However, Infographics can be tricky to make, because they are a complex type of design. The point of an infographic is to present information together with visuals in an engaging, but legible way. There’s usually a lot of information and images included in one. This means that there’s a high likelihood of making an ugly infographic that no one will share, if you don’t have design experience.  

Luckily, Canva has a ton of really nice premade Infographic templates that you can start out with. With a pre-set layout, it’s much easier to tackle the task of creating a gorgeous infographic.

Here are a few key points keep in mind to keep your design  looking cleaning consistent especially if you're a beginning designer.

Even though you’re working with pre-designed templates in Canva, it can be hard to visualize how to change them into your own designs. What looks great as a template can quickly turn into a hot mess.

Common problems are colors that don’t coordinate well, messy looking text, and overly complex designs.

As a first step, I advise making a Google doc or Word document, and collecting your text information about your infographic topic first. You can also paste your reference links inside the document. Then you can copy and paste your information into Canva instead of having to type it out.

One of the easiest ways you can keep your design looking professional is to limit your color scheme. Choose two to three colors, plus black and white.

Canva allows you to choose up to 3 brand colors for a free account, and more for a paid account. If you use an online color scheme generator such as Design Seeds, you can make your brand colors harmonious and use them over and over again in your designs. This way, all your branded designs will look cohesive together.

Another good thing to consider is that when you're choosing different fonts for your text is that you want to keep it to a few font styles. Design start to look messy and unorganized when you use too many fonts at once. It's a good rule of it's a good rule of thumb to only use two to three fonts maximum within a design, unless you're really skilled and you know which fonts pair well together.

Another good tip for text is to use hierarchy. Make sure that you have both titles and subtitles and body text breaking up your information so that clients or readers can easily skim the text and read what they need to read.

Headers or titles should be bold,  or you can use a script style font. Subtitles should be smaller than titles. You can make them the same font and style as your titles, or slightly different. If you have a bolded title, maybe try an italicized subtitle. If you’re using a script font for the title, use a serif or sans serif font for the subtitle.

Body text font can be a Sans serif or a serif as long as it's legible. it's not a good idea to use decorative or curly script fonts for your body text as it's difficult to read.

One of the best features of Canva is a large library of stock photos and clip art. Many are free to use. There are some paid options, but they are only $1 each.

In this tutorial, I show you how to upload and use your own images in a design. If you are an artist, you can upload images you’ve created, like I do in the tutorial. If you’re not an artist, you can use assets you’ve purchased from a site like Creative Market.

However, it’s completely possible to make beautiful designs with only images and assets from Canva.

They have a huge variety of icons, images, and illustrations to choose from. One of my favorite things about this program is that you can change the color of the clip art illustrations with a mouse click. This is so valuable, because you can use generic assets and change them to your brand colors for a more professional look. They even have branded icons - I created a presentation for a client this week and was able to add Facebook, Apple, and Google icons.

It’s also very easy to save and use the assets you create in Canva. As I mentioned, the templates are already sized for you. This means if you create a Facebook cover image, for example, it will be the perfect size when you upload it to Facebook. No stretching or distortion of the image.

When you download your images, you can choose to download them as JPEG, PNG, or PDF, if there are multiple pages such as a presentation. Canva is also beta testing a GIF format. These are the most common and universally useable file types. That means there will be no problems uploading them to any website, sending them via email, or giving them to clients.

I know that with these tips, along with my tutorial, you’ll be able to make an awesome infographic in Canva. Infographics are an awesome way to build brand awareness, so I encourage you to give it a shot and create one for your business, blog, or brand! I’d love to see your infographic, so please share it with me in comments, on my Facebook page, or via email!

If you have any additional questions I didn’t cover, comments, or Canva tutorial requests, please leave a comment here!