You might see a flowchart anywhere: a description of a research methodology, a science project, a tutorial graphic, a representation of a historical timeline. They involve organized blocks that are interconnected with arrows demonstrating the flow of time, logic, or causation. Flowcharts convey whole systems of information and relationships very efficiently, only taking the space of a single image.
To design a digital flow chart, you need a graphic design tool that will enable you to add shapes, arrows, and text boxes in an original schema. A good flowchart maker is flexible enough that the creator can adjust the design and organize the information as efficiently as possible.
I recommend Kapwing, an online image design tool, because it lets you design your flowchart and arrange the steps in any way you want. Kapwing also gives you the design tools to make your flowchart eye-catching, professional, on-brand, and polished. It's also free, so I recommend trying it out. If you prefer, you can also use a flowchart maker that has less design flexibility – just Google around to find a good fit.
In this article, I'll describe how to make a custom flowchart using Kapwing:
- Choose a Flowchart Template or Start from Scratch
- Modify Text, Arrows, Images, and Background
- Process & Download
Step 1: Choose a Flowchart Template or Start from Scratch
Different types of flowcharts often share similar appearances or features, so starting with a flowchart template can help you get started. These include horizontal, square, vertical, and even round options, with different backgrounds and layouts to fit your project, however you want its layout to look.
If you want to start from scratch instead, go to Kapwing.com and click “Start editing” to go to the Kapwing Studio. Here, you can upload a background image or GIF, or click “Start with a blank canvas.” In the upper right-hand corner, you’ll see a list of “Output Size” options. Clicking one of these will give you a different shape to start with for your flowchart. For precise changes, you can choose “Custom Size” and enter the exact dimensions you want in pixels.
Step 2: Modify Text, Arrows, Images, and Background
Here’s where the fun starts! Begin by clicking “Text” in the upper toolbar to add a title for your flowchart. You can change its font, color, position, and style using the options on the right side of the window – you can even animate it for a video or GIF flowchart.
Now, add all the text boxes, pictures, and arrows that you need to complete your flowchart. To add pictures from the internet or your own device, click “Images” in the top toolbar. Here, you can search Google for any image, or use the “Upload” tab to choose photos that you have saved on your computer or phone. If you have all your pictures in a convenient place, you can also simply drag & drop them into the Kapwing Studio for a quick & easy upload.
Flowcharts almost always use arrows and lines to connect all the parts of the chart together. To add simple arrows in Kapwing, click “Shapes” in the top toolbar and choose the arrow option. By changing Line Width, Line Styles, and Color in the right-hand toolbar, you can make your arrows look just the way you want, and reposition them using the buttons on the ends of the arrow. If you’d like to use more detailed or curved arrows, try clicking “Images” and searching for phrases like “curved arrow png” to find the perfect icon.
Since flowcharts can follow any order, and features several different branches, Kapwing’s templates make it easy to move, duplicate, and add any arrows, images, and text boxes to rearrange your flowchart. Flowcharts can flow consistently from one step to the next, jump around in a grid of information, or branch out like a logic tree. Here are a couple examples of the different arrangements you can make:
Step 3: Process & Download
Once you're all done making and customizing your flowchart, click "Publish" in the upper right corner of the Studio. Kapwing will begin processing your image – this should take less than a second. When your picture is finished processing, click “Download” from the right side of the screen.
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