Free timeline maker

Present how things change in a day, month, or year. Journey through the times chronologically with Canva’s online timeline maker to customize a visually engaging infographic on different events, processes, and routines.

Create Timeline

Travel from time after time

Many things happen over time. Keep track of the many events that occur as the hours go by. Display a list of them and see the passage of time when you create a timeline online.

Go back in time and beyond using Canva’s timeline maker. Our intuitive design editor lets you navigate through pivotal moments in history, essential step-by-step procedures, and even the nitty-gritty of your everyday life. Quickly plot these important stages of your time with our pre-made templates and rich media library. You can share your timeline infographic digitally or in print and take everyone with you on a time jump.

How to make a timeline

  1. Start your design journey
    Go to Canva and look for “Timeline Infographics” in the search bar. Begin editing while logged out, or you can open your existing account right away.
  2. Visualize the time
    Create your own timeline from scratch or browse ready-made templates. Picture how you want your infographic to look and pick from our unique design ideas based on your preferred type, color, and style.
  3. Discover features
    There are a million ways to tell the time. Browse our extensive stock library to select graphic elements that you can add to your timeline to display multiple points in time. Use our free and premium icons, illustrations, shapes, images, and videos to bring it all to life.
  4. Plot and customize
    Our intuitive design dashboard lets you edit any timeline layout in a few clicks. Easily drag and drop elements to allude to a certain event, stage, or process. Add texts and style them in beautiful and legible fonts and colors.
  5. Download and share
    Add final touches to your timeline. Download it in high-quality JPEG, PNG, and PDF. You can also share it right away to your social media accounts, email it to colleagues, or embed it on your blog or website.
Make your own timeline

Connect yesterday, today, and tomorrow

Sequence every event that transpired on a specific period. Arrange them in order, starting from the earliest act down to the latest. Then, figure out the scale of your timeline and set a bar to lay each segment of your story or project.

Create graphic timelines by using Canva’s library of lines and shapes. Place small circles along the bar to plot specific instances and use arrows to point out important details. Make your time travel complete with texts to describe an event. You can add personality to your timeline with striking fonts and stimulating colors from our options.

Seize that moment in time

Put meaningful contexts along with each point in your timeline. Illustrate an event or task further with visual cues that’ll help your students understand a history lesson or highlight a process to your colleagues at work. Bring clarity to your readers and boost the chances of having a visually appealing infographic.

Our extensive stock library lets you create a visual timeline. Add pictures depicting a particular scenario. You can search for relevant stock images to reflect a process or upload your archival photos of an event. Want to talk numbers concisely? Our chart elements let you visualize progress and growth within a specific time frame. There are also icons and illustrations to refer to a stage in your timeline.

Your timeline won’t take time

Days might be long, but it doesn’t have to be when creating a timeline. Our simple timeline maker lets you have the time of your life while designing. It’s intuitive and easy to use for beginners and experienced designers. You can brand it to your liking and collaborate with your peers using our drag-and-drop editing tools.

Publish your timeline infographic to present it for everyone to see. Save and download your custom design in any high-resolution file. You can share it on your social media platforms, embed it on your blog or website, or print it as a learning resource for your students or as a process visualization in your business or work.

FAQ

A timeline is a linear graphical representation of a particular time frame. The purpose of a timeline is to provide a visual overview of sequenced events through charts and images. Meanwhile, a schedule acts like a timetable to a procedure or routine.

Create a visual timeline easily with our editor. You can draw a line and add interesting shapes or callouts. Plot each date in your timeline using our text tool and illustrative graphic elements. Be sure to organize it chronologically so it’s quicker for everyone to follow.

Highlight important milestones and deadlines when you create project timelines. Add the tasks involved in the pipeline, along with specific dates, durations, and dependencies involved in each job.
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