Easel.ly is a free, theme based web application for creating infographics and data visualizations. It features thousands of free infographic templates and design objects which users can customize to create and share their visual ideas online. Using the site is as easy as dragging and dropping design elements, and users can either choose a template from their extensive library, or they can upload their own background image and start from scratch.
Why use it?
- Infographics are everywhere because they are great at sharing information.
- Easel.ly simplifies the infographic making process.
- Easel.ly is ideal for educators, students, business owners, and executives who need to convey a thought, lesson plan, or concept in an easy-to-follow visual form.
An internet connection
A valid email address, facebook or Google+ account
Create an Easel.ly account
Visit www.easel.ly and login or register for an account by clicking on bubble prompts on the top right corner of your browser.
Note: Registering for an account requires either a valid email address, Facebook or Google+ account.
Start an infographic project
In Easel.ly, you can either create a project from a blank canvas:
Click on “Start Fresh” to get started.
OR you can open and modify a pre-existing infographic, created by others in the “Public Visuals” section:
Note: To open and edit a pre-existing infographic, click on an image and the canvas editor will open in the next window.
Edit your infographic
Once you have started a project, you’ll be taken to the canvas editor view. Here, you’ll notice Easel.y has divided infographic editing into 3 main sections:
They can be found on the toolbar on the top of the canvas editor:
Zoom in and out of your project using the (+) and (-) symbols in the toolbar:
Additionally, you can add backgrounds, shapes, and images of your own using the toolbar mentioned above.
Using the canvas editor, add elements to your infographic. Consult the tips found at the end of this tutorial for eye catching ideas.
Save and download your infographic
Once you are done editing your infographic, it is important to save it. It will be saved to your account within Easel.ly. The save function can be found on the top left portion of the canvas editor.
Next, download your infographic onto your computer. From here, it can be used in any media project.
Note: Your infographic can be downloaded in low quality, high quality, or PDF format. Select the format that best fits your project needs.
Check out this example containing 7 Super Tips for Creating Your Own Powerful Infographics