Infographics in PDF: Why Soda PDF is PERFECT for Infographics
PDF isn’t just for business. When it’s not needed to hold the universe together, Soda PDF is perfect for creating visual guides or infographics for the home or office.
In just a few minutes, you can create a stunning infographic for ANYTHING – cleaning the dishes, office rules, taking out the trash, not waking you up at 530 AM just because “you’re bored”.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through:
- Why PDF is perfect for visual guides
- How to create your first infographic quickly
- Tips for making awesome infographics
Info-What: What is an Infographic Anyway?
An infographic is a visual representation of information, data, or knowledge, often with images, graphics, and charts that contains very minimal text.
Does that make sense?
Basically, it’s information, processes, or some form of knowledge conveyed via visual media.
Here’s an example…
Say you want to show the kids how to do the laundry right (For the 5th time).
Instead of writing paragraphs of text telling them how to set the washer to the right setting, how to add the mineral washing balls, where the fabric softener goes, and to make sure to check their pockets for blue pens, you can just make an infographic.
Snap an image of the right washer setting, the fabric softener, the mineral balls (Do they even work?), and the proper time to wash, and cram them all into one “poster”. Then type a bit of text (EX: CHECK YOUR POCKETS), and slap it up above the washing machine.
A Quick Visual Example
Instead of a boring blog post about what PDF is, its key features, and why you should use it (You should!), we created this cool infographic. Readers love this stuff.
Sounds cool, but why use one?
Infographics present information quickly, clearly, and in an easily digestible way. Humans are visual creatures.
Recognizing a predator running at you at 80 Km/hr across the savannah is more important to survival than reading Confucius.
The data proves it. Infographics increase cognition and understanding of complex data. Over 90% of data transmitted to the brain is visual, according to one study cited in Forbes.
They’re also a lot more fun to look at than long blocks of text.
How to Use Infographics in the Home or Office
Things aren’t going to be normal again for a long time – if ever. That means we’ve got to learn how to adapt to the new normal.
We believe PDF is perfect for creating infographics to help parents, kids, students, office workers, or just about anyone learn how to adapt to life in a post-covid world.
Here are just a few of the ideas we’ve cooked up:
- A complete home cleaning guide: If the kids are home more often, they’ll need to learn how to keep the place reasonably clean. Why not an infographic showing them their chores, and telling them WHY cleaning is important for their health now.
- How to fight back against Corona Virus: Wash your hands, keep distance, avoid big public gatherings, wear a mask_why not make an anti-Covid-19 guide?
- Work from home guides: Is your office now a remote team? Why not use PDF to create a guide on new habits employees need to be successful? Keeping a regular schedule, keeping their workspace clean, taking regular walks, etc.
- Homeschooling guides: Who knows when public schools will be back. Creating an infographic for your kids about their new “school day” might just help them keep the straight and narrow and get good grades instead of wasting their lives playing Fortnite.
Soda PDF is Perfect for Creating Infographics
You don’t need to outsource anything to a creative design team overseas. Creating awesome infographics is easy with Soda PDF.
Seriously, we aren’t biased at all when recommending this tool to you.
Open the Insert menu and click Images:
Then stick it in!
Then, choose Edit and Type Text. Rearrange images and text to follow a logical path – for example in a “how to work from home” guide, start with waking up early, then move to getting ready for work, then to taking regular breaks, etc. We’ll explain this more in the next section.
PDF is perfect for infographics:
- Add images quickly
- Save the document so it’s uneditable
- Maintain the integrity of the infographic forever no matter what
- Share to anyone on any device instead of printing and handing them out
Tips for Making Your First Infographic
“Cool, can I just throw a bunch of images into a doc and say it’s an infographic?”.
No, not quite. If you want to make a great infographic that actually helps people, you’ve got to learn the ropes. Here’s what you need to know:
First, tell ONE story
Don’t start jamming dozens of different things into one infographic. Stick with one “story” or “theme”. It doesn’t matter if you want to tell the story of Michael Jordan’s career achievements or teach people how to check-in at the airport easily, just stick to one theme.
Follow a logical, pre-defined journey
The goal of an infographic is to convey a message. The best way to do that is to keep a logical path like we mentioned before. If your reader’s eyes are darting around trying to figure out what to read next, you’ve lost them.
Start at the top and take it step by step on down the page. Again, a work-from-home infographic might look like this:
- Wake up (Yawn) – Alarm clock, bed, sunrise, tell them why keeping a regular sleep schedule important.
- Get ready – Shower, brush teeth, get dressed, etc. You know the drill.
- Morning coffee (Finally) – A cup of hot coffee and a croissant plus why coffee is the only thing keeping society functioning.
- Start work – Pictures of a desk, a few reasons why you should keep your space clean, and all that.
- Take breaks – Add an image of a clock or 45-minute countdown. Add a few reasons why breaks are important.
See what we mean? Here’s a great infographic that takes a logical path for you to copy.
Organize it Into Sections if Need be
If you’ve got a ton of text, separate information into sections. Don’t just bombard users with information. We recommend keeping it as clean as possible, but if you absolutely must write a lot of text, use at least 2 separate sections separated by a line or other clear demarcation.
Don’t start mixing and matching colours just for fun. If it’s about Kobe Bryant, keep it purple and gold throughout. If it’s about Canada, white and red throughout. If it’s about keeping your house clean, choose some “clean colours” like light blue and white and use only those colours.
That’s really about it. Soda PDF is perfect for creating infographics and other stunning visual guides to help us all adapt to the new normal. Cleaning the house, fighting back against Covid-19, adapting to new work schedules_you name it. Just add images, text, and color, then make sure it follows a logical path. That’s it!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is an infographic?
A: Infographics are a visual way of communicating data or knowledge via images, charts, graphics, or other visual media.
Q: How do you use infographics?
A: Infographics can be used to convey complex data in a simplified manner so it’s easily digestible. Like in the example above, instead of taking thousands of words to convey mathematical probability, the author used images and other numerical representations to tell a story.
Q: What is the best software to create an infographic?
A: The best software for creating infographics is definitely Soda PDF! It’s simple, fast, and easy. If you want to make something more complicated, try Canva or Piktochart!
Q: How do I make infographics for free?
A: You can try Soda PDF for free today. If you want a more complex program, Canva also has free templates to use.