Guide

This page provides a guide both for using the templates and the external infographic tools that are linked to this application. The guidelines for using the tool can also be downloaded from the right sidebar.

Templates

1. Open the templates in Google Docs

2. Make a local copy of the document to your own Google Drive account from the File menu, Make a copy option

3. Modify the templates as you want, translate them to your local language or fill them in with information about your region (see Figure 1). You are free to edit the appearance and the content of the documents as much you want. If you have a regional website for RIS3, you can generate a QR code that redirects to your RIS3 website. You can do this online, for example, at http://www.qr-code-generator.com/.

Figure 1 – Editing the templates in Google Docs

4. Export your documents to an easily distributable form, as PDF’s for example (File -> Download as -> PDF) or copy a shareable link by pressing the "Share"-button in the upper right corner of Google Docs. You can also print the documents.

5. Share the material through multiple channels, e.g., at information events, online and in social media.

6. Adjust the material according to changing need or create new ones.

External tools for making infographics

This application introduces three tools that can be used to create infographics Canva, Piktochart and Infogram.

Canva

1. Go to https://www.canva.com/ with your browser.

2. Sign up for a new account or login by using a Facebook or Google account.

Figure 2 – First page in Canva after logging in

3. In the first page (see Figure 2), you can see your previously created documents.

4. Click "More…" (Figure 2) and select a suitable material template or size, e.g., Facebook post (Figure 3).

Figure 3 – Available material formats

5. Edit the template; drag and drop elements, change colours and fonts (Figure 4). The interface is rather intuitive and there are plenty of modification options. Save your progress by pressing ctrl+S. Note that some Canva elements are not free and you must pay a fee if you use those.

Figure 4 – Editing view, sharing options in the top right corner

6. Use the share or export button in the top right corner for sharing or exporting your document (Figure 4).

7. You can return to you documents later and even modify them in a group.

8. If you need further help or assistance, go to https://support.canva.com/.

Piktochart

1. Go to https://www.piktochart.com/ with your browser.

2. Sign up for a new account or login by using a Facebook or Google account.

3. In the dashboard (see Figure 5), you can see your previously created documents.

Figure 5 – Piktochart dashboard

4. You can create new Infographics by selecting "Create new" from the top of the view.

5. When editing an infographic you can add text, images, shapes, icons etc. and edit their location, colors and styles. See figure 6 for the editing view.

Figure 6 – Piktochart editing view

6. You can save the file as an image from the "Download" button at the top of the page, or get a link to share the material from the "Share" button.

7. You can return to your documents and edit them further at a later time.

Infogram

1. Go to https://www.infogram.com/ with your browser.

2. Sign up for a new account or login by using a Facebook or Google account.

3. You can create new Infographics by selecting the infographic document type upon login.

4. When editing an infographic you can add text, images, shapes, icons etc. and edit their location, colors and styles. See figure 7 for the editing view.

Figure 7 – Infogram editing view

6. You can share the infographic as a link on the web through the "Share" button. Downloading the infographic as an image or a pdf file is possible with the upgraded plan of Infogram.

7. You can return to your documents and edit them further at a later time.