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A Student’s Guide to Getting Started With Piktochart

So here we are. Maybe you’ve been assigned a project where you need to make visuals for the classroom.

Maybe your teacher or professor has asked you to try out Piktochart for making infographics.

Perhaps 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. 😅

Whatever your reasons, here’s a quick and simple guide to getting started with Piktochart for students.

If you need to make an infographic, a school presentation, report, or posters, you’ve come to the right place.

With Piktochart’s powerful yet easy-to-use editor, tools, and features, you’ll be a visual storytelling genius in no time. We think your teachers will be mightily impressed!

 Create a free Piktochart account so you can easily follow along and get access to the high-quality version of the templates. You can also check out our Piktochart for Education plan.

Table of contents

Step 1: Getting started with Piktochart

First things first in any guide: You’ll need a Piktochart account. This 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!

screenshot of Piktochart's signup page
Piktochart sign up page

If you already have an account, you can sign in to your Piktochart account.

See? Not so hard.

Your dashboard is the first thing you see when you log in to your Piktochart account.

screenshot of Piktochart dashboard
Piktochart dashboard

If you want to create classroom visuals, choose Piktochart Visual on the right.

Piktochart Visual lets you visuals for the classroom in minutes. This is also where you can save your school projects and select whichever template fits the layout you would like to use.

You can easily switch between Piktochart Visual and Piktochart Video from your dashboard.

At this point, click on your preferred visual format in the dashboard — infographics, presentations, posters, reports, flyers, social media posts, or your preferred sizing.

screenshot of the different formats to choose from in Piktochart Visual
different formats to choose from in Piktochart Visual

The short video tutorial below shows you how to navigate your Piktochart dashboard.

Step 2: Pick a template

Your next step is to choose the right template for your visual. You can either go to our template gallery or choose the visual format of your choice in your dashboard.

The screenshot below shows you a quick look of the templates once you click on “Infographics” in the dashboard.

screenshot of preview of infographic templates in Piktochart
preview of infographic templates in Piktochart

We’ve got them sorted by type – infographic, report, poster, and presentation – so look for a layout that inspires you (or one that goes well with your topic). These formats will certainly aid you in that science poster, history presentation, or economics report.

Bonus tip: Don’t limit yourself to a specific format. For example, you might see a more suitable template for your next school presentation in the “Posters” category.

As an example, you will find the student profile template below in the “Posters” format category. However, students can also use it during presentations.

If you’re looking for a particular idea or theme (like “sports” or “history”), you can use the search bar.

preview of how to use the search bar in Piktochart
example of how to use the search bar in Piktochart

We also recommend keeping an eye out for a layout that works for you.

For example, if you want to explain a process, use the step-by-step layout (like in the template below) or a comparison template to compare and contrast two subjects.

preview of infographic template with process layout

Once you’ve found the template you like, hover your cursor to the template and click “Preview” (eye icon) to take a look in more detail.

screenshot of how to preview a template in Piktochart
how to preview a template in Piktochart

Step 3: Design your visual

Once you’ve decided on a template, click “Edit Template” to load it. Afterward, you will be taken to the editor.

You’re now ready to edit and customize the template with your information.

The left sidebar of the editor houses all the tools you need to help you design your visual easily. These include graphs, charts, maps, photos, icons, color schemes, text frames, you name it.

screenshot of the powerful Piktochart editor
left sidebar in the Piktochart editor

Change the default text by double-clicking on a text box. For example, add your project title to keep you focused on your school project.

Change and edit the graphics

Make your visual come to life with graphics such as illustrations and icons. Piktochart has millions of icons, illustrations, and text frames to choose from.

Click or drag-and-drop the graphics you need from the menu to your template. It 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.

screenshot of example of choosing icons and graphics that are relevant to your visual
example of choosing icons and graphics that are relevant to your visual

Resist the temptation to use more than three or four colors in your project. You don’t want your viewers getting distracted from your message. With Piktochart, you can change your visual’s color scheme with just a few clicks by clicking the “Styles” icon.

screenshot of how to make your own color scheme in Piktochart
you can even make your own color scheme in in the Piktochart editor and use it for your future visuals

You can also customize how your graphics look by changing the colors, resizing, and rotating them.

Finally, Piktochart allows you to replace images seamlessly. Add an image or photo frame of the perfect size with just a single click. You don’t have to waste your time cropping or resizing images. 

Visualize your data

Use the tools available in the left sidebar to visualize your data. There are tons of options on Piktochart for students to create graphs, charts, and maps that can be customized to beautify your data.

Of course, this is applicable if you have data to present in your project,  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.

screenshot of how to edit graphs and charts in the Piktochart editor
graph and chart options in the Piktochart editor

Step 4: Share your infographic

Once you’re done and satisfied with your work, 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.

screenshot of download options in the Piktochart editor
download options in the Piktochart editor

You can also share a public link of your visual by clicking on “External Link Settings”.

screenshot of how to share a public link of your visual in Piktochart
how to share a public link of your visual in Piktochart

Once there, click “Copy External Link”.

screenshot of Copy External Link in the Piktochart editor
how to get the public link of your visual in Piktochart

With this link, you can present your visual to your audience by clicking the “Show Presentation” tab.

screenshot of how to share your visual as a presentation using Piktochart's public link feature
how to present your visual in Piktochart through an external link

And you’re done! How easy was that?

You’re well on your way to an A+ project or report!

Here are more resources to help improve your visual creation skills in the classroom:

Editor’s note: This blog post was originally published on May 9, 2017 and updated on June 16, 2022 for relevance, new templates, and comprehensiveness.

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