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A Student’s Guide to Getting Started with Piktochart

Justin Wiesenfeld

Customer Success Guru | Piktochart

This post is a part of our guide to using infographics in education. For more information, check out the guide here.


So here we are. Maybe you’ve been assigned a project where you need to make some kind of visual.

Maybe your teacher or professor has asked you to try out Piktochart for making infographics. Maybe you’re looking for a way to impress your classmates with a new tool. Maybe this is just a site that’s not blocked by your school’s firewall. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Either way, prepare your noggins for some knowledge. Here’s a quick and simple guide to getting started with Piktochart as a student. If you need to make an infographic, a presentation, or a poster for a class project, presentation or report, you’ve come to the right place.

With Piktochart’s interface, tools, and features, you’ll be a visual storytelling genius in no time. We think your teachers will be mightily impressed.

First things first…

You’ll need a Piktochart account. That part is easy. It’s free and takes maybe 30 seconds to sign up so it won’t take away from your studying 🙂 Don’t procrastinate!

See? Not so hard.

The first thing you see when you log into Piktochart is the your dashboard. This is where you’ll store your saved school projects as well as select whichever template fits the layout you would like to use.

Pick a template

Here are all the templates to help you get started. We have made the selection process as easy as possible for you:

  • Try scrolling through the hundreds of templates. We’ve got them sorted by type – Infographic, Report, Poster, and Presentation– so look for a layout that inspires you (or one that goes with your topic). These formats will certainly aid you in that science poster, history presentation or economics report.
  • If you’re looking for a particular idea or theme (like “sports” or “history”), you can use the search bar.
  • We recommend keeping an eye out for a layout that works for you. For example, if you’re doing a biography, think timeline layout or a versus template to compare and contrast two subjects.
  • Once you think you’ve found one you like, click “Preview” to take a look in more detail.

Start Designing and Creating

Once you’ve decided on a template, click “create” to load it. Once you arrive at the editor, you can edit text by double-clicking on a text box. Definitely start by adding your project title to keep you focused on your school project.  Use the color and font selectors to make the text fit your style.  Resist the temptation to use more than three or four colors in your project though! You don’t want your teachers getting distracted from your message.

Speaking of text styling though, you can use our Text Frame tool to make text and titles with graphics created by our in-house design team. We have plenty of themes available so hopefully one will fit the topic of your school project. Super easy.

Insert graphics

Just click or drag-and-drop the graphics you need from the menu to your canvas. There are thousands of icons and images to choose from. Use the search tool or browse through them by categories to make things easier. This may be obvious, but try to use images and icons that relate to your project and help your classmates or teachers understand the subject and your point better.

You can also customize how your graphics look by changing the colors, resizing and rotating them. Our Photo Frame feature allows you to drag and drop your photos into ready-made designs that will mask and pair your photos with text. These would be good to use if you are trying to introduce a portrait of a historical person or something along those lines.

 

Visualize your data

Use the tools available in the left sidebar to visualize your data. There are tons of options to create charts, graphs, and maps that can be customized to beautify your data. Of course, this depends on if you have data to represent but it’s always good to have something to backup whatever point you’re trying to make. In addition to impressing them with your design, it will ultimately make your argument stronger and easier to digest.

A popup will appear to help you choose the best chart style for your data, coupled with a spreadsheet to input your data. If you want, you can connect the chart to a Google Sheet (if you use it for school). As you update the data in the Sheet, the graph will change as well.

Share your infographic

Once you’ve reached a point where you’re satisfied with your creation, you can download your work as an image or PDF, publish it online, share it with your teachers via email after you download it, or share your infographic directly on social media.

View your infographic on the output page by copy-pasting the URL when you publish to the web. Once you have it published, you can present live to an audience via Presentation Mode.

And you’re done! How easy was that? You’re well on your way to an A+ project or report! If you’re looking to up your game, check out this post for some lesser known tips and tricks.

Before you go, take a quick gander at this quick summary of how to get started!

**This post is part of our guide to using infographics in education. For more information, check out the guide here.

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