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Free Online Cycle Diagram Maker

Create a cycle diagram to show how one event, process, or cycle flows to another using Canva’s online diagram maker and whiteboard tools.
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Cycle diagrams are used for all sorts of processes and series of events. You can use one to show the flow of money in an economy, the way resources move through a production process, or the life cycle of an idea. The key to a cycle diagram is that there is no beginning or end, one step follows another repeatedly.

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How to create a cycle diagram

How to create a cycle diagram
Create a cycle diagram

Create a cycle diagram

What is a cycle diagram?

A cycle diagram (sometimes called a cycle chart) is a visual representation of a repeating process or continuous flow state. It is usually represented with a circular graph. You can use a cycle diagram to showcase a series of events or steps that occurs chronologically and are repeated over time, where the beginning and end blend into each other.

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Different industries use cycle diagrams differently. For example, in education, teachers use cycle diagrams to explain scientific processes like the water cycle and Kreb’s cycle. In business management, leadership teams may use cycle diagrams to showcase a new strategy and decision-making policies.

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Visualize your Cycle diagrams using Draw

Express your ideas with cycle diagrams easily using Canva’s built-in drawing and whiteboard tools and professionally designed templates. Use Draw, our freehand drawing app, to set the grounds for your cycle diagram. Add shapes, lines, arrows, line connectors to match your chart’s purpose. Complete your cycle chart with text, colors, and graphics to clearly show how one step flows to the next.

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Drag and drop elements in Cycle diagrams

Content is at your fingertips when you use our free cycle diagram maker. Access our entire content library of graphics, fonts, backgrounds, layouts, colors, and more to realize your cycle chart vision. You can even illustrate a step within your process using images, GIFs, videos, or turn a prompt to an image using our Text to Image app.

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Collaborate by adding comments and using the timer

Work wherever inspiration strikes. Access Canva from any device. Our cycle diagram maker shows colorful, real-time mouse cursors, letting you know what a collaborator is doing and where they are on the design. Level up your collabs using the timer, add emoji reactions and tags, or leave comments. Workshop ideas and present the final cycle diagram straight from the dashboard.

More space for flow and continuity

Expand your Cycle diagram illustration to whiteboard

Cycle diagrams are all about movement. They illustrate how stages move from one to the next. Let your canvas flow infinitely by expanding it to a whiteboard. With our unlimited design canvas, automatic connectors, and Shape Assist, you can create, brainstorm, and iterate with ease and confidence—giving you the freedom to unleash all your ideas.

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