Published 1 year ago
Due to advancements made in the internet, people are being exposed to more information than ever before in history. In order to deal with this massive influx in information, we tend to tune a lot of it out. This is where infographics come in. Thanks to human’s visual processing capabilities, an infographic can communicate complex information more efficiently and effectively than normal text.
Eye-catching infographics with captivating images go a long way in ensuring people don’t overlook your content. The problem is creating a simple infographic can at times be a hard task. This is especially true if you have no idea of exactly what you’re looking for.
There are dozens of infographic making programs out there. Finding one that works best for you and doesn’t cost much may be harder than you think. With so many to choose from, you are more likely to pick one that is cumbersome and clunky. More famous infographic makers like InDesign, Photoshop and PowerPoint are quite costly and this is a huge takeaway. The learning curve for these is also large. So it’s quite understandable for one to desire to find a program that has a balance of ease of usability as well as affordability.
Enter Focusky! This is an incredible infographic making tool that helps to create visual arts that are eye-catching and mind boggling. It has a free trial so you need not worry about the cost. It’s easy to use and completely user friendly. With this program, you are guaranteed to spend less time creating your content without having to worry about the quality. It has a number of free templates to choose from and customize to your liking. Its commands and tools are easy to spot and use so as to edit your content desirably.
1. Flexible output format: It allows users to publish their content in various formats so as to easily share with others.
2. Zoom without blur: One can rotate the mouse on the canvas to enlarge all the details especially images without blurring.
3. Mental mapping experience: One can create animated content in a mental mapping style to capture attention.
4. Easy and Intuitive: The user friendly interface allows you create, publish and present your content easily.
5. Built in WordArt:You can use WordArt to add special text effect to your content.
6. Charts and Graphs
7. Social sharing
Here are some pros and cons as of 2020 seen from user reviews.
Due to how user friendly Focusky is, it is incredibly easy and super-fast to create an infographic. All you require is an account and your creativity to get started. Here is a step by step guide on how to create an infographic using this program.
Go to www.focusky.com. Once there click on the Sign Up button on the top right of your screen.
You are redirected to a page where you can fill in your details to sign up. Alternatively, you can sign up with Google or Facebook.
After signing up a page like the one below will appear. Click on Free Try so you can get the trial version of Focusky.
Once you’ve done this you’ll be required to download the app for your desktop. Click on Download Now and pick either for Mac or Windows.
After the Software is downloaded proceed to install it to your desktop. Launch Focusky and get started making your content. It took me less than 5 minutes to do this.
Once you’re done your window should look like this.
Now you are ready to go. You can choose a template from the already available ones or start a New Project.
Step 1: Click Infographic option.
You’ll find this from the options list on the left of your screen. A number of templates will appear which you can choose from. If you’d like to start from scratch click on the New Empty Project option on the top left of your screen.
For my case I created a new project. So click on New Empty project and then choose a background color. Then click on Create. You can also choose the screen ratio.
Once you’re done, your screen should look like this.
Step 2: Add a frame
Click on the drop down arrow at the top left of your screen just below the files tab.
Choose the Rectangle frame option.
Drag the rectangular figure that appears above these options onto your canvas.
This is what your canvas should look like after:
Drag the edges of the rectangle to resize the frame to your suitability.
Step 3: Add background
Click on the Background option and choose a background. It will be added to your canvas automatically.
Step 4: Add image
For free high quality images go to your browser and type imagesload.net. Once you’re at the site search for an ideal image. Copy the URL of your chosen image.
Go back to Focusky and click on the Images icon immediately to the right of your canvas. Paste your URL in the URL search textbox and click on Add. The image is added automatically to your canvas.
After adding your image successfully resize it so it fits in your canvas. You can also edit different aspects of your image from the options that appear on the right side of your screen.
Here is what mine looked like after choosing a photo from imagesload.net. (https://imagesload.net/view/girl-with-a-bamboo-hat-transparent-background-png/SzZE6)
Step 5: Add Text
Click on the Text (T) icon on the right of your canvas. After this a dialog box appears. Click on Add text and proceed to drag the box to where you want your text to appear.
As you can see several icons appear which you can use to edit your text to your liking.
While you’re at this you can add shapes and symbols to your infographic.
To get the best output try as much as possible and familiarize yourself with the symbols on the right of your canvas. You can do a lot with them. It took me no less than 10 minutes to make my infographic and this was my first try! Mine is a little bit simple but here is what it looked like:
Step 6: Save project
Click on the Save Project tab and choose a folder where to save your content.
Step 7: Publish
Click on the Publish tab and choose how you’d like to publish it.
And voila! You are done. With a little more practice you’re guaranteed to get better. It’s fast easy and doesn’t cost you a thing. Try playing around with the commands to get a feel of everything and you’ll be making killer infographics using Focusky in no time!