Want to Create DIY Canva Infographics quickly and easily? With Canva infographic templates it’s easier than ever to create an infographic.
In this post, I share tips easy infographic ideas and tips for editing infographics using Canva templates (even if you are a non-designer). It’s easier than you think!
So why infographics? They get noticed and they get shared! But let me tell you why I’ve loved infographics for the past 10 years:
Why I love Infographics
Early on in my business I became known for some of the infographics my team created for major blogs around the globe, many of which got tens of thousands (sometimes hundreds of thousands) of shares and reblogs. From solo-bloggers to big sites like Entrepreneur, it was quite a process of storyboarding, copywriting, working with my illustrator and many (many) revisions.
But they sure did bring a lot of traffic! Here are some of our early infographics, just for fun and laughs (and no, they don’t need to be this long anymore!).
Below you will see why I think the way in which we create infographics has changed massively. For a while there, infographics were as detailed as the examples above, and they were that “super long”. But they attracted great reward in terms of traffic!.
However, generally this type of content was out of reach for most business owners and bloggers unless they worked with a designer. Until DIY tools came along… and Canva Infographics!
While I don’t create custom infographics for clients anymore, I have continued to use infographic templates from various tools to share infographics on my blog and to teach my course members how to do the same.
It’s easier than you think, when you use a template! And I have some fun Canva infographic templates for you below.
But first, a few myths to dispel. If you’ve heard me talk about infographics before, some of these may come as no surprise:
Dispelling a few Infographics Myths
Many people think of infographics as data-heavy pie charts made pretty. They can be so much that that. Yes, data is important and they can be a great way to share information in a visual way. But you can also use them to teach processes, educate or give information about a topic.
Here are 3 things to know:
- Infographics don’t have to be super long. Guilty as charged, as that’s how we “used” to do them. But Pinterest doesn’t really “love” super long infographics anymore (hint: this is why I am sharing Canva Infographics in this post, as they have the perfect template size to get started).
- Infographics can be anything you want them to be – as long as you have some visual representation of your concept or idea, you can use them to share just about anything.
- Infographics don’t need to be packed with information. Don’t include everything and the kitchen sink. Make them helpful, make them useful as a stand alone piece of content, but also encourage us to click through and read more on your blog post or website.
So, let’s jump in and take a look at some of the ideas for creating infographics and some Canva Infographics to get you started.
5 Ideas for Easy Canva Infographics
I’ve chosen 5 different types of infographics that have been created (by me) with non-designers in mind. As you may know I am a Canva Creator for the Canva Marketplace, so these templates are in the marketplace available to use. Each of them was designed to make it as easy as possible for you to edit them for your own business. Try these tips:
- Switch out the titles and copy/words – but try to keep it to the same length of text.
- Switch out the colors – but only use the same number of colors and replace same for same.
- Switch out the images or photos – but use similar style of images or photos.
For more information about how to edit templates like a boss (and avoid making mistakes), check out this post.
Let’s take a look at the 5 different types of Canva Infographics that make it easy for you to create your own awesome visual assets using Canva Infographic templates:
1. Simple Changes
This is an easy to edit “block” style infographic that focuses on “simple changes”. This infographic can be changed up to focus on other types of simple switches such as:
- Simple changes or switches to your diet/nutrition
- Simple changes or switches to your self care
- Simple changes or switches to your business (focusing on your industry or niche).
Hot Tip using Canva Infographics: in Canva, search for replacement icons under the category you need ie “illustrated food” or “self-care + illustration”. There are literally thousands of illustrated icons in Canva from very talented designers and illustrators (on both the free and Pro account).
2. Fun Facts Infographic
This easy, fun, casual infographic can be changed up to focus on other types of fun facts that your audience might be interested in, and lends itself to adding data and graphs. Switch it to:
- Fun Facts about Business (the history of your company, the history of your “industry”)
- Fun Facts about a particular item – from inventions to food to your product. Showcase it!
- Fun Facts about a person or place – share facts that will interest your audience.
Hot Tip using Canva Infographics: This infographic also lends itself well to using illustrated icons or charts in Canva. Search in the elements tab for “icons” or even “charts” and “infographics” to find elements to switch out. Try to use similar “styled” icons – you can see above, most of the icons I have used are 1-2 colors so that I can make them all brown or brown and white.
Extra Tip: Scroll down to see how I changed up this infographic at the end of the post to a completely different design!
3. How-to Tips Infographic
This is a more formal style infographic that works well for a charity or not-for-profit but can be changed up to focus on other types of how-to or tip content. Switch it to:
- How-to or Tips about a challenge in your industry (something your business helps with)
- How-to or Tips about a particular process – this can be changed to “5 steps”
- How-to or Tips about anything that you can visually show with photos.
Hot Tip using Canva Infographics: As long as you have some photos or visuals in mind, this Canva infographic template can be switched up to just about anything. Just remember to ensure that you keep your copy to a similar length to what is n the infographic, so that the balance of the design is kept in place.
For example, if your copy has 3 lines of text, stick to 3 lines of text covering a similar area of space. Have your copy and photos ready before you start, and you’ll find it is relatively quick to edit.
4. Photo Showcase Infographic
Photo-centric or Photo Showcase infographics have always been one of my favorite styles because they allow you to change it up quickly by switching out the images. They are super fast to edit and always look stunning. Switch it to:
- 5 top local businesses or cafes or someone that you want to showcase.
- 5 locations of some sort that allow you to share stunning images!
- 5 tips for your industry as long as you can find images to illustrate your point.
Hot Tip using Canva Infographics: This infographic can be changed to any color or series of photos. It could even be switched to include videos if you wanted to create a Canva video pin. I’ve created a shorter Pinterest Video Pin version here. It’s a simple drag and drop to switch out the photos or video.
5. Ingredient Infographic
I know this says “ingredient infographic” and I know it’s a foodie infographic about chilies, but you can use this infographic to feature any item, object, ingredient or feature that you like:
- Switch it to any other type of food ingredient or element that you want to showcase.
- Switch it to another object or tool that you wish to showcase.
- Switch it to tips about your new product or launch!
Hot Tip using Canva Infographics: Obviously this infographic doesn’t have to be about food and it doesn’t even have to be feature a long, thin image like the chili but you may want to consider:
- using it for something of a similar shape and size, or if the featured “thing” is not tall and skinny, then
- switch out the image and rearrange the guidelines to point towards it, leaving similar space around it. You may need to keep your text at least as short as the blurbs you see on the infographic above. Get creative with it.
Now for that example that I promised you. Here’s a simple switch:
An example of how to switch out Canva Infographics
I took the Fun Facts infographic on the left and switched it up to be a Boba Tea infographic:
Here are a few things I did to switch this infographic up quickly and easily:
- Color – I chose one main background color (mint green) to replace the coffee color and then 2-3 icon colors. What was brown remained brown (to make it easier!) and I switched the caramel color to a pale purple.
- Icons and Illustrations – I searched in Canva for illustrations of a similar style and replaced them in a similar way. I didn’t use photos and kept to simple illustrated icons in 1-3 colors.
- Text and Copy – when switching up the copy I made sure to stick to almost identical copy length to the original. This not only made the design work but also meant that I got better at writing because I had to be succinct!
I hope this shows you how easy it is to use these templates to create Canva Infographics. And if you don’t have a Canva Pro account you can still access the templates on a free trial here:
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Get started by using the Canva infographic templates in this post (free for Canva Pro users). Canva Pro gives you access to thousands of videos, elements, photos and templates from a whole range of designers on the Canva Marketplace. Try it free for 45 days on this link:
Ready to create Canva Infographics?
What type of infographic will you create? Whether it’s Canva Infographics, using another tool or commissioning a designer to create something really unique… they can be long term assets sending traffic to your core content on your website.
Donna is a Visual Content Strategist and founder of Socially Sorted, listed by Forbes as a “Top 5 Social Media Blog You Need to Know About in 2019”. Donna helps brands leverage the power of visual storytelling and content strategy in their business. Her content has been featured in publications such as Forbes and Entrepreneur Online and she is a contributor to Social Media Examiner. Donna speaks about digital and visual content for the marketing and tourism industries internationally.