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5 Great Online Tools for Creating Infographics

Professional infographic designers rely primarily on a core vector graphics software program to create their infographics designs. The main advantage is that all the icons, charts, images, illustrations, and data visualizations are treated as separate objects that can be easily moved, resized, overlapped, and rotated. No matter where you create the individual design elements, the final infographic design is usually put together in a vector graphics program.

Creating infographics using online tools has never been easier. In the last few years a number of online tools have emerged that allow anyone to create great visual content.  Whether you are working on a project for work, personal use, or social media, each new project starts with a template. With the dimensions laid out for you, you can focus your attention on quickly creating effective designs. Search, drag, and publish - it can be that simple.

These new tools are vector graphics applications that run in your browser as a replacement for using an expensive professional desktop application like Adobe Illustrator to put your infographic design together.  Each one offers different tools, image libraries, charts, fonts and templates as a starting point.  None of these have the full capabilities of a professional desktop application, but you probably don’t need that much power to create a simple infographic.

In this article, we take a quick look at 5 of the best online tools for creating infographics: Visme, Canva, Easel.ly, Piktochart, and Infogr.am. All of these tools are evolving quickly, and this is just a snapshot of their current capabilities.

 

Visme screenshot

1) Visme (visme.co)

Visme allows you to create interactive presentations, infographics and other engaging content. With tons of templates, and huge library of free shapes & icons to choose from, Visme has you creating awesome visual content right away.

The templates are set up simply and beautifully. If you wanted, you could just edit the placeholder text, insert your own, and publish your infographic.

One of the greatest aspects of this service is changing percentages within the charts. All you have to do is click on the graphic you would like to change, enter a new number, and the chart changes to reflect the new information automatically. Saving you hours of frustration trying to do it on your own.

Pros:

  • Creates infographics, presentation, animations, ad banners, and custom layouts.

  • Insert and edit chart objects directly by changing the data values.

  • Large library of icons and images.

  • Embed YouTube videos directly into designs.

  • Special pricing for students & teachers.

Cons:

  • The basic free version is limited.

    • Only 3 projects.

    • Must include the Visme logo.

    • Limited access to charts and infograph widgets.

  • JPG download is still in Beta, with a few bugs.

Price: Basic version is free with pricing plans available

 

Canva screenshot

2) Canva (canva.com)

Canva just celebrated their 1-year anniversary last month, and has made a big splash in the online design space.  Your experience kicks off with a great "23 Second Guide to Beautiful Design," where they walk you through a brief introduction to their design program.

After finishing the brief tutorial, you can start a new design. Canva is filled with options, whether you are working on a project for work, personal, or social media. Each new project comes with a template for the project you choose to work on. With the dimensions done for you, you can focus your attention on creating beautiful designs in seconds.

Pros

  • Excellent (and short) intro tutorial to get you started, and many more on advanced concepts.

  • Templates for social media, blogs, presentations, posters, business cards, invitations, and more.

  • Easy and intuitive to use.

  • Large library of images to choose from.

Cons

  • No editable chart objects. You need to import your own data visualizations as images.

  • Have to pay for different image assets individually, instead of a monthly subscription.

Price: Free, but you have to pay for Pro quality design assets individually

 

Easelly screenshot

3) Easel.ly (www.easel.ly)

Easel.ly is a great program, but lacks some of the guidance, and features, that come standard in other programs.

Easel.ly lacks a "How-To" introduction section to their program, and just kind of throws you into the design process right away. Their focus seems to be primarily based on infographic design. Whereas other programs offer a plethora of design project options.

If you're just looking to design an infographic, this program will work well. If you want more variety, you'll have to utilize one of the other programs in this list.

Pros:

  • Free.

  • Very basic design layouts and assets.

  • New charts feature allows some basic editable charts in your design.

  • Easy downloads for JPG and PDF versions.

Cons:

  • Not a very large selection of themes, called “Vhemes”.

  • Small library of image assets. You’ll want to upload your own images and icons.

Price: Free

 

Piktochart screenshot

4) Piktochart (piktochart.com)

Piktochart is one of the best looking programs on this list. All the information you need to get started is provided in their tour.

Their program is easy to use, and offers tons of freedom in building and editing your infographic using their simple graphic tools. They have categorized icons, resizable canvas, design-driven charts, and interactive maps to utilize.  

Their intuitive user interface is where Piktochart truly excels. All the tools you need to create are laid out intelligently, making your new job as a "designer" so much easier.

One of the coolest aspects of this program is that they show how versatile infographics are for different projects. Whether you're creating for a classroom, office, website, or social media setting - Piktochart gives you the heads up on how to use infographics effectively.

Pros:

  • Themes and templates are of high design quality.

  • Intuitive. Allows you to edit anything and everything with ease.

  • Create infographics, reports, banners and presentations.

  • Embed videos from Youtube and Vimeo in your design.

Cons:

  • Limited selection of free templates. Higher quality templates are available with a Pro account.

  • $29 per month is a high subscription price compared to the others.

Price: Start for free with pricing packages available

 

Infogram screenshot

5) Infogr.am (infogr.am)

Infogr.am has got the best charts. For illustrating data, there are more than 30 different types of charts to choose from. Anything from bubble charts and tree maps to simple pie charts.

Editing data can be easily done in Infogr.am's built-in spreadsheet, or you can import your own XLS, XLXS and CSV files.  Once your infographic has been edited and beautifully designed, you can save it to your computer as a PNG or PDF file with a paid subscription.

Pros:

  • Ability to create and edit great charts by changing data

  • Built-in Spreadsheet. Can also import your XLS, XLXS and CSV files

  • Widest variety of available chart types

  • Educational and Non-profit pricing plans available

  • Embed videos from Youtube and Vimeo in your design.

Cons:

  • Only creates infographics and charts

  • Small selection of infographic templates

  • No image library, you must upload your own image assets

  • Download options require paid subscription

  • The White Label subscription service is the most expensive options of the group

Price: Basic version is free with pricing plans available

 

Which design sites have you tried? Which tools are your favorites? Post in the comments.

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Reader Comments (39)

Doesn't Easel.ly have hundreds of templates that you can use on their front page? Is this blog about Infographics or general design, because you should also include Adobe Cloud etc...
October 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEdward
I disagree Edward. My site is definitely focused on infographics and data visualization design and not general design. As I stated in the article, I consider these sites to be potential substitutes for Adobe's Creative Cloud and other professional software packages, and they are certainly less expensive to try.

On Easelly's front page, the first handful are their templates, but the rest are actual public projects from users that you can duplicate as a starting point for your own designs. There are currently only 15 built-in "Vhemes" to choose from when starting a design.
October 11, 2014 | Registered CommenterRandy
I used Piktograph for my very first infograph for a grad school project. You were right, it was very easy to pick up and dare I say fun to use? Thanks for the great blog, I had no idea where to head to even start.
October 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Barber
I actually use easelly and love the templates and how easy it is.
October 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSam
+1 for easelly
October 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharon
Nice collection for me. I love to create info graphic with online. Before two year i used Photoshop for doing this. But now i can create info graphic within a short time with this tools.
January 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJemee Roy
Interesting.
February 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGig
Has anyone found a free infographic tool that allows for simultaneous collaboration?
February 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHal
first time visitor of your blog and its a perfect post am looking for infographics at this moment am using piktochart free version , will try other sites to make my site very attractive thanks Randy Krum
February 24, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercharan
your post is awesome, thanks for post it
March 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBappa Mukerejee
also livegap charts is great & free tool to create chart online with live prerview .(http://charts.livegap.com )
March 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterOmar Sedki
Picstouch is free online tool to crop or resize the image to any size. You can also add your favorite text on top of image. It also offers some tool to deblur the image and improve the image quality.
This is very simple in operation.
www.picstouch.com
April 5, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterishan
Thanks for the tips. i just need to get strated now.
April 9, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterlurdes
I've been making infographic in Adobe photosho and illustrator. I've been trying to find something online that is user-friendly. basically i've tried Piktochart. It was great, but almost all the online software have limited capability on graphics. i guess I have to stick to the traditional way of making infographics.
April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPhil
I haven’t tried any infographics yet but i will sure do it, I think infographics are very useful to increase your social presence and probably can be helpful to increase traffic for my blog
May 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnkit Chauhan
thanks for nice liste share
May 1, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterhakimyous
I found a cool online service http://infograph.ly to create infographics
May 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBruce
I am using Infograph.ly currently for social campaigns, amazing automated software!
May 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPeter
Great sites to create infographics
May 22, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbloggerwits.net
This tools are really great :)) I will try one of them.
June 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRoman
I think creately flowchart software should be in this list as well i guess!
August 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShalin
So I am crazy about Canva.com but the only problem is that I download the Infographic in either PNG, JPG or PDF and when I add it to my website the hyperlinks will not work on mobile devises. I tried it first with a PDF but the PDF would not scale to the mobile device size and the hyperlinks dont work. So I tried an JPG with the hyperlinks added by image mapping.. it scales perfectly to the mobile device and the buttons work on desktop but not at all on iPhone and only sporadically on iPad. Is there anything that works as smoothly as Canva.com but produces HTML for adding the infographic to my site?? Any other ideas. I am not a programmer
September 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTim Young
That's a good question Tim. Have you heard of Visme? Canva is a great tool but it's really more a graphic design tool for static content.
Visme on another hand is more heavily concentrated on Presentations and Infographics. And it lets you add pretty much
anything to make it engaging.

A quick example checkout this infographic we just did in-house using our own tool.
https://my.visme.co/projects/techday-infographic-17c7e1

There is button there and in mobile or non mobile you can click on it.
There is even video embed to it
There is also google map there too.
And of course regular stuff like shapes, icons, etc..

All you have to do is create it in Visme, publish it and no need to download or anything; just share the link on social media, etc.. or embed to her site and links will remain active when visme is visited. thanks!
September 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAgnes
Great Tips,
thanks
October 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPriya
All tools are great but Canva i love much. Thanks for sharing..........
October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBonolota Sarkar
Nice tips. i like it.
Loved this article definitely saving to use it as a checklist when I create interactive infographic in the future!
October 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersiapitt
I used Piktograph for my very first infograph for a grad school project. You were right, it was very easy to pick up and dare I say fun to use? Thanks for the great blog, I had no idea where to head to even start.
November 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLive Stream Rugby
Hi!
Why Genial.ly isn't include here? I really think it should because when it comes to infographics, there's no better tool to me.
Here's the link if you want to try it: https://www.genial.ly/
Cheers!
November 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnne
Excellent Post! I will definitely be using these tools.

Thank you.
November 22, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkeiko kitagawa
I totally agree with Anne.
Genially should be included. I don't get why people don't use it as much as other tools as Easel.ly
In my opinion, it's way better. Try it!!!
November 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlisonT
I would like to suggest https://vizydrop.com. Create and share charts from CSV, Excel and JSON files.
Connect and visualize data from apps you are using (Jira, GitHub, Google, Dropbox, Trello and others). 
It takes no effort and it is free.
December 8, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteroleg
Nice article, I have been thinking about putting togeter an infographic for Radon. These will help. Smashing Magazine is another great resource.
December 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAgha Wajid
Anne, AlisonT, I'm with you. Totally agree! I don't understand why it isn't known at all! It should be, at least, included here. I've tried many tools before, but none of them have convinced me as much as Genial.ly
I really recommend it, to everyone.

Bye! :)
December 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSamB
All are costing involved when try to share links please provide link with free infographic with link facilities.
March 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSathik
Here is a super cool tool for science infographics!! The platform has illustrations for science and provides a space to create graphical abstracts, infographics, etc. Also, if you are a subscriber you may request illustrations for your own research!

http://mindthegraph.com/
March 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJuliana
Thanks for this amazing infographics tools. i will test them now!
April 8, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterrafael
Hey, Great article! I saw this really great post today.
April 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeo Work For You
Another great infographic tool would be <a href="http://creately.com">creately</a> online diagramming and collaboration software to draw infographics and 50 other diagrams. There are 1000s of examples and template to be used freely.
July 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterShalin

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