Easel.ly is an infographic template creator and editor that allows a journalist to display data, statistics or information in a clear, professional manner. The online program is free, but also offers a premium version.
All of the free templates are downloadable, and can be edited to one’s needs. Users can use their own design objects to the templates, or upload their own shapes, images or text. For instance, you can create a background for the template in photoshop, and upload it to easel.ly to easily integrate graphs, charts and other informative data.
Once uploaded, all of the elements are easy to drag and drop. To start, simply make an account. Then select one of the thousands of templates to start making an infographic.
For instance, in this graphic, you can change the text by double clicking, and changing the text box. Once clicked out, you can also drag the text box to the desired place on screen.
You can also change the color of text or objects by selecting the object, and changing the color on the toolbar. You can drag the color wheel, or add a hex code.
Other options include adding charts, more text boxes, shapes, lines and objects. In addition from choosing from hundreds of free clip art options, most file types are accepted as a free upload.
You can also hyperlink text to connect with videos or other links across the internet.
Once finished, you can download the file as a jpeg if you are using the free version. However, you must be a Premium member to download your infographic as a PDF.
Now you’re ready to integrate your infographic into your multimedia story.