Use Canva to build a brilliant concept map for organizing your thoughts, brainstorming or solving complex problems.

Organize and present complex relationships with a beautiful concept map

Simplifying the intricacies and relationships between a concept and related ideas can be quite tricky. Using a concept map, you can visualize and connect ideas and bring those abstract concepts to life so it’s easier for your audience to digest and pick up the most important points.

While explaining complicated concepts is not easy, creating a brilliant concept map can be with the right tools. Canva’s intuitive interface and drag and drop design features allow you to create high-quality and visually-appealing concept maps. Choose from several pre-designed layouts and templates and customize it in a few clicks. You can share your design via social media or email, embed it on a webpage or include it as part of a presentation or report.

Design a concept map in Canva with these simple steps

  1. Create a new Canva account to get started with your own concept map design.
  2. Choose from our library of professionally created templates.
  3. Upload your own photos or choose from over 1 million stock images.
  4. Fix your images, add stunning filters and edit text.
  5. Save and share.

Customize your concept map in minutes

  1. Change the images. Upload your own images or choose from our stock library of over 1 million photographs, graphics and illustrations.
  2. Change the fonts. Choose from over 130 fresh fonts.
  3. Change the background. Choose a background from our library or use an image.
  4. Change the colors. Change the color of your text boxes and text to add extra flair.

Map out the complex relationships of concepts and ideas using icons, shapes and lines

The goal of a concept map is to simplify complex concepts using circles, boxes and all sorts of shapes and icons to represent ideas and lines to connect them together. 

 Try mixing things up by using icons, images or illustrations to represent ideas. The awesome part about designing in Canva is you get access to an amazing media library with millions of images, illustrations, icons and vectors you can use. Go to the icons folder found within the elements tab or use the search bar to find something specific. When you’ve chosen one, just drag and drop it where you need it to go. It’s that simple! 

Control every element of your design with a just few clicks and drags

Designing in Canva means you won’t ever have to start from a blank page—not with hundreds of templates to use as your springboard. From there, it’s a matter of customizing as much or as little of the elements as you need. To resize a text box, icon or image, simply click and drag its edges. To change a color, select the element or text you want to recolor, click on the color button on the toolbar and choose from the ready-made palette or use the color wheel to pick any other hue.

Fonts are also super easy to work with. There are more than a hundred free fonts you can choose from to convey your style, purpose, personality or brand identity. Edit the pre-made text by changing the font type, size, color, alignment or emphasis.

Collaborate with a team to create your concept map

Since concept maps are often used in brainstorming or problem-solving scenarios, you might want to get ideas or new angles from your team or colleagues. Canva allows you to share an editable version of your design so anyone you send the link to can view it or add their own edits and comments regardless of their physical location. Since Canva designs are all up on the cloud, they need only log in to their account from any computer’s web browser to access and edit the design.


How can I resize a shape or line in my design?

To resize a shape or line in your concept map, first click on the shape or line you want to resize. A dotted outline with 4 circles on each corner will appear around the element. Click, hold and drag on any of the 4 circles to resize your shape or line. You might also need to zoom in on an element such really thin lines to make adjusting it easier. Once you’re happy with the new shape or line size, release the circle.

Are the concept map templates free to use in Canva?

All of the layouts in our library are free to use as many times as you like. There are also a large range of free images to choose from, otherwise all premium photography, vectors and illustrations in our stock library is all priced at just $1. There are no other fees to use Canva.

Can I edit my concept map after I’ve saved it?

You can edit and save your concept maps as many times as you like. Every time you create a new design, it will appear in the “My Designs” section of your Canva homepage. You can also access and edit all of your designs by adding Canva to your iPhone, iPad or Android devices. It’s free to download from the App Store and Google Play.