Canva can be used for general design tasks, such as making posters and brochures, but they also have a special infographic maker that is available for free. There are many fonts and design elements that you could use. If you want access to “premium elements,” you must purchase them.


Format: free online tool, and iOS/Android app version as well

Key facts:

  1. You need to create a Canva account. Once you have an account, you can access any past designs that you’ve created.
  2. Not all elements are customizable, but Canva offers a high degree of flexibility compared to other online tools.
  3. Extensive libraries are provided for overall templates and design elements.
  4. Quick to learn and easy to use.


Detailed tutorial and highlights:

If you click on the above link while logged in, the first time you visit the tool, you will see:

By clicking the “Show me how it’s done” button, an animated tutorial will pop up. Don’t worry, it’s only 20 seconds long! It goes over the basics of choosing a template from the left hand side of the screen, dragging and editing elements, and downloading the file from the top of the screen.

Here is the main workspace:

As you can see, the templates are almost ready-to-use and cover all sorts of circumstances. I dragged one about a “pet survey” into the workspace.

Any text element can be edited the way you would expect a text editor to work.

Any graphic element can be modified in terms of its color, position and size.

One downside is that some elements cannot be adjusted, and it’s not always intuitive which ones are not adjustable. For example, the circular icons in this template do not update according to the percentage you put in.

How can you make your infographic more customized? Let’s walk through the menu options on the left hand side of the interface.

The “Elements” tab contains libraries for photos, grid layouts, frames, shapes, lines, illustrations, icons, charts, and an “I <3 Canva” section. Among these, perhaps the most powerful one is the charts.

Here, I’ve dragged a bar graph into the workspace and double clicked on it to open its edit pane.

You can manually type in labels and their corresponding values, or you can paste data from a spreadsheet directly into the edit pane. You can’t change the color of each column individually, but by clicking on the colored square next to “Style,” you can change the color scheme of the bars together. The rainbow-colored square is where you can select the color of the text on either axis.

Similarly, you can edit this ring diagram. I’ve also changed the text color to pink in this case.

Here are some screenshots of “icons” (under Elements,) text, and background selections. These are direct drag-and-drop. Canva truly does have a huge collection of objects, and these are just a small sample of all that is available!