The success of an infographic depends on how visually arresting its images are.
While Piktochart image tools are somewhat intuitive, I wanted to share a few tricks that will make an Piktochart apprentice into a Piktochart professional.
Uploading and Inserting an Image
You are not stuck with using only the images that Piktochart provides. You can upload any image you own and use it in your infographic.
1. In Piktochart, click Uploads.
2. Do one of the following:
Drag an image from your desktop into the area provided
Click Browse Images, locate an image, and open it
3. The uploaded image will appear in the palette below the Uploaded Images area.
To insert the image, select the block where you want it and the click the image.
Note: The amount of storage space you have for images will depend on the type of Piktochart account you have. A Lite account offers 100MB of space; a Pro account offers 400MB of space. Your remaining space is pictured below the Browse Images area.
Piktochart offers a ton of icons for you to use. Some of the icons are color and some are mono (black or white). Mono icons can be easily colorized.
To view the Mono icons:
1. Click Graphics
2. Click Icons
3. Click Mono
To Colorize an Icon:
4. Select the icon
5. Click the Paint Bucket tool
6. Choose a color from the Default Colors area.
Note: You can also click the plus sign beneath Recent Colors and enter your own color value.
Looking to learn Piktochart but don't have a lot of time or money? We've got you covered. Check out Karin's upcoming Piktochart Quick Start mini course (it's just $79). During class, you will explore visual communication basics and design principles as well as traditional infographic categories. You will also explore some infographics that work well–and some that do not.
Geeky Girl Karin Rex is an online learning pioneer and infographic evangelist. Since 1989, Karin has owned Geeky Girl, LLC, a boutique learning organization, where she devotes her time to writing, course development (instructor led and eLearning), and teaching.
Karin has authored several technology books, including: Office 2010 Demystified (McGraw-Hill) and hundreds of user guides, reference manuals, and tutorials. She’s also developed an extensive number of learning programs for a wide variety of global clients.
Karin is a certified synchronous facilitator, designer, and producer, with a master’s degree in professional writing. Additionally, Karin teaches undergraduate writing courses for Penn State University and is the Instructional Design Lead for InSync Training.
An effective infographic has the power to inform, impress, and influence. As learning tools, infographics can support learning transfer and retention. On top of all that, they are FUN to concoct!
During this class you will explore visual communication basics and design principles as well as traditional infographic categories and when to use each. You will be introduced to some infographics that work well--and some that do not. You will also get started with a very cool free tool for creating infographics online: Piktochart. Finally, your instructor will guide you in publishing an infographic.
Bring with you: examples, ideas, and some creative juice!
Who Should Attend?
Instructional designers who want to include infographics as part of their learning toolkit
Marketing and web wonks who want to add flair to their value added content
Anybody who wants to understand how to use and create attention-grabbing infographics