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Flowcharts are the perfect content format for visualizing processes, workflows or systems, which is why they’re widely used across many diverse fields, from business and marketing to engineering and education.
Creating them with traditional tools like Microsoft Word, however, can be a time-consuming task. After spending hours combining shapes, text, lines and arrows, you often end up with a result that looks bland and unprofessional.
This is why we spent the last year developing a tool that will allow you to easily create eye-catching flowcharts, concept maps and decision tree diagrams in a few minutes, as standalone pieces or as part of your presentations, infographics and reports.
To give you a better idea of what you can create with the new flowchart tool, here are a few examples made with Visme to inspire you.
Flowcharts can be used to visualize or audit processes within any department in a company, such as the hiring process followed by the Human Resources department:
Our new flowchart tool can also be used by marketers to create practical visual guides in the form of decision trees for their audiences:
Educators can use flowcharts in almost innumerable ways to visualize complex processes or concepts for students.
For example, you could use a concept map such as this one to visualize character development or plot the relationships between characters in a story:
Teachers can also visualize scientific processes such as the causes and effects of climate change:
Writers such as journalists and bloggers are always in need of better ways to communicate complex or dry concepts to their audiences. What better way to do that than through a flowchart?
For example, an article on how to deal with stress could use a decision tree to guide readers on the path to a worry-free life:
The result of several requests from our users, this new feature goes above and beyond what other similar presentation and infographic tools such as PowerPoint, Canva and Piktochart currently offer.
Let’s look at a few ways we’ve made diagramming and flowchart creation easier...
For example, you can get a head start on your diagram by choosing any of several dozen pre-built flowchart blocks, found under the Basics option on the left-side panel.
Quickly build out your flowchart by mixing and matching the blocks to reach your desired layout.
Instead of manually placing lines and shapes together to create flowcharts, you can now use the integrated fork feature found within each shape to choose the number of prongs to quickly build out your diagram.
We also created a smart set of objects that stay connected even when they’re rearranged or moved.
For example, when you drag a line and attach it to a shape, you’ll see a tiny radial animation to indicate that the object has been snapped to the shape. (We paid attention to these tiny details to improve your user experience.)
In addition to different types of shapes, you can also choose from several different lines styles. Besides solid and dashed lines, you can choose from different elbow lines (angles shapes like elbows) and those with arrows as end points.
After choosing a type of line, you can then fully customize its look by adjusting the thickness, roundness and the length of dashes. You can even choose the type of endpoint you’d like to give your line, such as circles, arrows or squares.
We made it super easy to completely customize the look of your flowchart.
After inserting a shape, you’ll see several customization options on the top toolbar which allow you to apply not only your own fonts and colors, but also change the type of shape and adjust the line height, letter spacing, border thickness and color, and transform lowercase letters into uppercase letters (and vice versa) with one click.
You can also mix and match different colors and shapes so they don’t all have to be the same color or style.
One of the most convenient features of the Visme flowchart tool is the fact that you can insert text into shapes and not have to worry about resizing them to fit the content since the system does it for you.
Simply type in your text and then choose the font and desired size--the shape will change to fit your content.
You can easily create all types of paths with the different line styles available within Visme. For example, you can build a curved path (to visualize a timeline of events, perhaps) by applying some roundness and clicking on the red circle near the endpoint to extend your line.
Or, you can easily create a zig-zag path by setting the Roundness to 0 and following the same steps as above.
To get the most out of the new Visme flowchart tool, we created this short tutorial that will get you started in no time:
If you haven’t already created a Visme account, you can do so for free with just your name and email at www.visme.co.
If you wish to create your flowchart as a standalone piece, you can click on the option Custom Size and then select any of the most common sizes or click “Infographics” and then type “flowchart” in the search bar to find and edit any of the existing flowchart templates.
Or if you’re looking to use a flowchart within your presentation, report or infographic, you can browse any of these templates and edit them to include a flowchart diagram.
We strongly recommend you also plan out the layout and content of your flowchart on paper before creating it in Visme to avoid unnecessary changes along the way.
Next, within the Visme editor, you can then select the Data option on the left-side panel and click on the Flow Charts tool found at the top-right of the left-hand panel.
Then, you’ll see a series of shapes to choose from, including rectangles, circles, hexagons, diamonds in both fill and outline form. If you want to build your flowchart from scratch, you can click on the desired one and then adjust according to your needs.
For example, you can resize the shape by clicking and dragging the selection handles and apply a color scheme by clicking on the color swatch found on the far left side of your top toolbar. You can choose from any of the presets or create your own swatch by clicking on the plus sign under the Colors tab. You can also apply a border style and replace the shape from the Settings option.
If you want a little help at the beginning, you can click on the Basics option on the left-hand panel and choose any of the pre-built flowchart blocks as a starting point for your diagram.
Type in your text and see how the shapes resize to fit your content. You can then apply your own font styles, size and color, as well as adjust the line height and spacing between letters.
Once you’ve defined the fonts, colors and style for one shape, you can now proceed to build the rest.
Hover over the edge of your shape and click on one of the gray arrows and choose one of the different types of prongs. Use these to quickly build out your flowchart.
Or you can build your diagram from scratch by choosing from the different line options on the left-hand panel and attaching them to your shape.
If you used the fork tool to build your diagram, you can then change the style of all connecting lines at once by clicking on them and then adjusting the options under Settings found on the top toolbar.
The best part about using Visme is that you can further style up your design by tapping into an extensive vector icon library and large selection of customizable data widgets to create visual statistics, figures and pictographs.
If you’d like to reuse your diagram in other content formats, you can easily do that by saving your flowchart as a content block, as seen below. Simply click on the My Content tab under Basics to reuse it in future projects.
Finally, you can generate a unique URL to your diagram by clicking on the Share button at the top-right of your screen and then choosing either the Share Privately or Publish to Web options.
If you plan to print your flowchart or send via email as an attachment, click on the Download button at the top-right of your screen to create a PDF or image file of your creation.
How easy was it for you to create decision trees and concept maps with our new flowchart tool? Let us know in the comments section below!