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What is a flowchart?

A flowchart is a diagram that shows the steps in a process. Flowcharts are often used for training, documenting and planning. They can also be useful for decision making. They often use arrows to illustrate how one step leads to another.

Use a flowchart when you want to explain the steps in a process with someone else – such as someone that you’re training in for a job. They’re useful in presentations and reports, too.

Flowcharts are related to process charts. Process charts differ because they use a set of specific symbols to indicate the different steps in a process.


Flowchart maker features

Canva’s flowchart maker is ridiculously easy to use. Unlike other flowchart makers, Canva’s templates are created by professional designers. And they’re fully customizable, so you can tweak them to your tastes. Adjust the colors, fonts, and arrangement until you get the look you want.

  • More than 20 professional types of graphs to choose from
  • Professionally designed templates to fast-track your workflow
  • Data visualization made easy – no complicated software to learn
  • Publish, share or download your high-resolution graph
  • Embed your flowchart in presentations, reports and more with no fuss
  • Easy drag-and-drop tools, made with the non-designer in mind

How to make a flowchart

  1. Choose a flowchart template.
  2. Click on the text to start customizing your flowchart.
  3. Customize details like colors and fonts.
  4. Add images, shapes and frames.
  5. Save and share.

The best looking flowcharts around

Flowcharts have come a long way. Canva’s team of professional designers have created stunning templates, so your flowchart can look sleek and impressive. And it’s easy to customize to get the look you want: change the colors, fonts, and images. We’ve got an extensive library of over 2 million icons, illustrations and photos, so you can make a truly unique flowchart.

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Teamwork made easy

Canva is made for collaboration. You can invite your whole team, and work on your flowchart together – no more going back and forth over email to make minor changes. You can control who can change what by giving View and Edit access.

Because Canva is stored on the cloud, you and your colleagues can access and edit your designs anytime, anywhere. All you need is an internet connection.

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All the symbols, icons and images you need for your flowchart

We’ve got a library of over 2 million flowchart symbols, icons and images. So you can illustrate your processes in the way that makes sense. You aren’t stuck with rigid templates and out-dated symbols – with Canva, you can make any flow chart you can imagine. We have traditional flowchart symbols such as diamonds, rectangles, arrows and ovals, as well as a whole host of shapes.

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Share, download or embed your flowchart

These flowcharts deserve to be seen. And with multiple file formats and sharing options, they can be! In just a few clicks, you can share your flowchart via email or social media, or save it as an image to be added to presentations, reports and more.

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Flowchart templates

Don’t waste time formatting your flowchart. Canva’s free online flowchart maker is full of designer-made templates, so all that’s left for you to do is add your information. Add and edit your flowchart steps in just a few clicks – simply click the holder text to add your own. Create a flowchart – fast – by selecting from our range of templates. Click a template to start editing.

  • “When it came to design reports, Canva had a wide variety of simple easy to use templates that allowed me to easily plug in my graphs and information, and helped me to focus on the actual content instead of spending hours and hours on design.”
    Advertising Specialist
  • “My favorite aspect of Canva definitely has to be the ability to create infographics using Canva. I have used this feature many times throughout the past year to create different kinds of charts and graphs and they always turn out amazing!
  • “The ability to quickly develop graphics or graphs using stock materials or import our own reduces stress while increasing productivity. “
  • “Canva helps even the least experienced designer (me) make simple and professional-looking social media posts, and diagrams for my clients.”
    Marketing Manager
  • “Create great graphs and diagrams even as a non-designer.”
    Content Specialist

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Canva’s flowchart maker free?
Yes! Signing up for Canva is completely free, and it’s free to use. Most of Canva’s pre-designed templates and images are free as well. Canva’s premium templates, images or illustrations and purchase come at an extremely affordable price. If you don’t want to pay, you can simply remove the premium elements from your design.
How is a flowchart used?
Flowcharts are used to show the steps in a particular process or workflow. They can be useful to help train new employees, or to show your thinking around a particular problem.
How to create a flowchart in Google Docs or Microsoft Word?
You can easily embed a PNG or JPEG of your flowchart in a Google or Word document. Simply create your flowchart in Canva, then publish as a PNG or JPEG. Then drag and drop the image into your file.

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