How to Create an Infographic with PowerPoint
Infographics are a graphical way of getting your point across to your target audience.
People do not like to read.
We scan information to see if we want to know more about a subject.
An infographic helps to quickly catch the attention of your reader.
Infographic software such as Piktochart and Visual.ly are sophisticated programs that will help you design infographics.
But PowerPoint is an often overlooked design tool. You can quickly create an Infographic with PowerPoint.
If you already own and know how to use PowerPoint, it is an option you will want to consider.
Review the infographic below. Step-by-step instructions to create an infographic in PowerPoint are included below the infographic.
A video is also included below that demonstrates how to copy the PowerPoint slides into a free photo editor to create the infographic with PowerPoint slides.
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Steps to Create an Infographic with PowerPoint
Step 1: Open PowerPoint and give your Infographic a title.
Step 2: Create your color scheme. Choose the background color and Theme colors. I used the Title Only layout for my slides. Choose the layout that will work best for your data.
Step 3: Begin building your slides.
Choose your images, SmartArt graphics, symbols, etc.
Don’t get too carried away.
You want your infographic to be colorful and graphical, but NOT too cluttered.
Be sure you research your topic and narrow down your information. Focus on one subject. Put your information on five or six slides at the most.
- Keep it simple
- Use good design
- Tell a story
Be creative: Add shapes, maps, charts, and/or diagrams. Your data will determine the type of images you use.
Don’t forget to give credit where credit is due. Cite your sources.
And add a call to action. What do you want your audience to do as a result of viewing your infographic? Click on a link, signup for a newsletter, vote, etc.
Now you are ready to open your slides in an online editor.
1. Save each slide as a .png image. In PowerPoint, you select the slide and choose Save As. Change the file type to .png. You will be asked if you want to save all the slides or just the current slide. Save just the current slide. Now do the same for each slide.
2. Open http://pixlr.com/editor/. Choose the option to open image from computer.
Open the first slide. Now change the view to 20% (bottom left) and change the height of the image canvas by dragging the slider all the way across. The height will by 4,000 pixels. You will delete any extra space on your canvas after adding your slides.
2. Now open the second image [File, Open]. You now have the second image open on top of the first. Select the second image [Ctrl A] and copy the image [Ctrl C]. Now click on the first image and paste the second image on to the first [Ctrl P]. Repeat this process until you have copied each slide onto the Canvas. If this sounds confusing, watch the video below.
3. You can move the slides, if necessary, by choosing the move tool and dragging the slides. Crop any left over blank Canvas.
How to Create an Infographic with PowerPoint Video Tutorial
Other examples of popular infographics (some not created with PowerPoint, but could be)
The Beginner’s Guide To Creating and Promoting Infographics (Kristi Hines)