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How To Build An Infographic Using Microsoft Powerpoint

For years I've used Powerpoint to build graphic and data rich infographics. It's easy and quick to use and at the same time looks professional. This SlideShare takes you by the hand each step of the way until you have something you're proud of!

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How To Build An Infographic Using Microsoft Powerpoint

  1. 1. A Step-By-Step Tutorial on Building An Infographic with Microsoft Powerpoint by Paul Wilson
  2. 2. Step 1: Open PowerPoint
  3. 3. Step 2: Set Your Color Scheme By Going to “Design” and Selecting A Slide Theme
  4. 4. Step 3: Click On “Slide Size”
  5. 5. Step 4: Set Your Graphic Size By Clicking on “Custom Slide Size”
  6. 6. Note: Most infographics are 600x1100 pixels (or 6x11 inches)
  7. 7. Note: PowerPoint will ask if you want to Maximize or Ensure Fit. It doesn’t matter if your slide is blank
  8. 8. Step 5: Delete PowerPoint’s pre-created text boxes. They won’t help you.
  9. 9. Step 6: Layout your infographic by inserting “Shapes”
  10. 10. Step 7: Add Your Info & Data By Inserting “Text Box”
  11. 11. Step 8: Add Related “Icons” to your Info
  12. 12. Note: You can also add “Images” but use sparingly (particularly photographs)
  13. 13. Step 9: Go to “File” to save infographic as an image
  14. 14. Step 10: Select “Save As”
  15. 15. Step 11: Save as a png, jpeg, or gif
  16. 16. Step 12: Upload Infographic (as an image) to your Blog
  17. 17. PRO TIP: Custom Background
  18. 18. Don’t worry about using PowerPoint’s Themes. Go right to Step 4 in the tutorial and create your customer size
  19. 19. Go to or for copyright free images and find a background you like
  20. 20. Once you find an image you like add it onto the slide by going to “Insert” and selecting “Pictures”
  21. 21. You can crop your image by clicking on it and selecting “Format”…
  22. 22. …and then clicking on “Crop”
  23. 23. To not make the background so dominate you can insert a rectangle shape and cover the background
  24. 24. Then by right- clicking on the shape you can select “Format Shape”
  25. 25. To the right a pane will open with additional options. You can click on “Fill” and play around with the “Transparency”
  26. 26. From that point you can jump to Step 7 of the Tutorial and complete your infographic
  27. 27. Final Note: This is a quick and simple way to create an infographic. Unlike the example, though, most infographics have more than just a couple data points. When creating your infographic be sure to make it rich with visual data and info. You should always ask yourself, “Does this infographic have enough information to add value to the online conversation around this topic?”. If you can say yes, than you have a great infographic.
  28. 28. We Are Done!