Easel.ly

Introduction

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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.
Things You'll Need
  • An internet connection

  • A valid email address, facebook or Google+ account

Steps
  1. 1

    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. 

    Login & Register button

    Signup with easel.ly | email address, password, confirm password, signup | Signup with Facebook, Signup with Google+

    Note: Registering for an account requires either a valid email address, Facebook or Google+ account. 

  2. 2

    Start an infographic project

    In Easel.ly, you can either create a project from a blank canvas:

    Click on “Start Fresh” to get started.

    Start Fresh

    OR you can open and modify a pre-existing infographic, created by others in the “Public Visuals” section:  

     Public Visuals | Start Fresh, images of assorted infographics

    Note: To open and edit a pre-existing infographic, click on an image and the canvas editor will open in the next window. 

  3. 3

    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:

    1. VHEMES

    vhemes: vhemes= visual + themes start by dragging a pre designed vheme onto the canvas

     

    2. OBJECTS

    Objects: drag and drop icons, shapes, text or upload your own from our extensive library of artwork

     

    3. TEXT

    Text: double click on the text to edit or change

    They can be found on the toolbar on the top of the canvas editor:

    canvas editor options: vhemes, objects, backgrounds, shapes, text, upload

    Zoom in and out of your project using the (+) and (-) symbols in the toolbar:

    zoom: + button -button

    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. 

  4. 4

    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. 

    Save options: name your visual, save button

    Next, download your infographic onto your computer. From here, it can be used in any media project.

    Download menu: low quality, high quality, pdf.

    Note: Your infographic can be downloaded in low quality, high quality, or PDF format. Select the format that best fits your project needs.

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