How to create infographics in PowerPoint – part I

Introduction

Surely you have seen many great infographics. Want to create your own? Never did it before?

First thing, do not be overwhelmed by graphics made by professional designers. Everyone was there where you are now. I suggest making your first infographics with PowerPoint. This guide will help you get started. So cheer up and let’s start.

 

But I do not have data

I also wonder where these folks get the data for infographics. The best way is to search for similar infographics and check their sources. Infographics zone is a great place to start. Google images will do the job as well.

The most important thing at this stage – limit your research time. This is where you will lose most time and eventually get discouraged. I recommend from 30 to 60 minutes. You need to find 4 to 5 stats like:

  • data series to show a trend
  • percentage values for pie chart
  • numeric values for simple bar charts (3-5 categories)

Size and format of a slide

You are probably used to a slide size you see by default when you start PowerPoint, either it is 4:3 or 16:9. However, you can use any slide size in PowerPoint. Infographics use “skyscraper” format. Height should be about 3 times the width:

How to re-size silde in PowerPoint
How to re-size a slide in PowerPoint

Here is screencast how to resize the slide:  how to create infographics in PowerPoint.

Background

Next let’s set a background for your infographics. Here is the easy way to do it. Select color and then add texture with transparency (watch below steps in how-to screencast) :

    1. Go to master slide view.
    2. Draw a rectangle covering a whole slide.
    3. Set color of the rectangle to RGB: 231, 226, 208
Setting custom color of PowerPoint shape 
    1. Duplicate the rectangle (Ctrl-D)
    2. Fill the new rectangle with texture “Paper bag”
How to fill PowerPoint shape with texture
    1. Set transparency of texture to 93%.
How to set transparent background of the shape in PowerPoint 

You should end with this such effect.

In part II I will show you how to create headersclean charts and data callouts to make an appealing infographic.

Watch this video tutorial for complete step by step tutorial, but be warned that it takes 22 minutes :):

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