Decision trees

Visualize choices and outcomes at a glance using Canva's online decision tree maker. Create a diagram for free by customizing ready-made decision tree templates then share it instantly—no design skills or complicated software required.
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Decision tree maker features

When simplifying complicated challenges, a decision tree is often used to understand the consequences of each possible outcome. While they may look complex, a visual depiction of several alternatives can make it easier to make a decision.

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 decision tree

Embed your decision tree in presentations, reports and more with no fuss

Easy drag-and-drop tools, made with the non-designer in mind


How to make a decision tree

  1. Launch Canva - Open Canva and search for "Decision Tree" to access our decision tree maker and start your design project.
  2. Choose a decision tree template - Explore our collection of decision tree templates and choose one that applies to you. You can narrow the search results by theme or style. Once you find a design you like, click it to customize and create your own diagram.
  3. Fill it with data - Include each step of your decision-making process in your diagram. Use our maker tool to add text boxes, shapes, and arrows to your decision tree template. Place supporting details and give your decision tree a title. Check your tree and make sure each action leads to a decision.
  4. Customize your decision tree template - You can follow your branding as you customize your decision tree. Apply your brand colors to the text boxes, text, and arrows. You can also change the font styles and sizes. Explore our media library to further customize your decision tree template and add free icons or stock photos to your design.
  5. Download and share - Save your decision tree as a JPG, PNG, or PDF, so you can add it to your Canva Docs, presentations, and reports. Or, share it online instantly with your teammates or friends via social media or email.
Create a decision tree

What is a decision tree?

A decision tree is a way to represent the logic of a problem using a diagram. It allows you to see how one choice leads to another and how each choice affects the outcome. When you use a decision tree, you can determine the possible results for any given situation. Decision trees are used in many fields and industries, but they're especially useful when you have to make many decisions quickly and effectively.

Evaluate every choice like an expert

Decision trees can be time-consuming to create, especially when you have a lot of data. But with Canva’s free online decision tree maker, you can create one in minutes! Simply choose a decision tree template to start designing. It takes a few drops, clicks, and drags to create a professional-looking decision tree that covers all the bases. Leave the design to Canva and concentrate on making the right decisions.

Customize colors to reflect your identity

Presenting your decision tree in front of colleagues at work? Make an impact and show that you care about the details by incorporating your company's brand assets into your design. Use your company's color palette to update some aspects of your decision tree template and upload your business logo for a professional finishing touch.

To change colors, use the color wheel tool and pick any hue in the spectrum. If you have your brand's specific hex codes, just input them into the provided box, and you're good to go. Uploading custom logos and images is also really easy with our maker tool. Head to the Uploads tab, then select any JPEG, PNG, or SVG file from your computer. Drag and drop your business logo where you need it to go, and you're done!

Collaborate and share anytime

Creating a decision tree is a process that takes time; sometimes, you'll need to collaborate with your colleagues or have your boss give you the green light before you present or distribute it to others. Click the Share button to share via email or social media or provide a direct link. You can also decide whether you want your recipient to view or edit your design.

With Canva’s online decision tree maker, collaborating is super easy. You can even embed your designs onto websites and in blog posts. If you make a great decision, why not embed your decision tree into a blog case study and educate others on the process?

Highlight important parts with text

Make sure your decision tree is easy to understand by highlighting key parts. Use Canva's online text tool to make the most important parts stand out by changing font style, colors, and alignment for different effects. You can experiment with different fonts and styles to communicate a range of different tones. If you want to emphasize your textual content further, make your text bold, italic or uppercase. Consider increasing text spacing on important points to make it easier to read.

Decision tree templates

Don’t waste time with complicated software. Canva’s decision tree templates are your shortcut to good-looking, easy-to-make decision trees. Simply click on the graph to add your own data. Create your decision tree in minutes. Choose from the templates below to get started.
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Frequently Asked Questions

A decision tree is a visual representation of the different ways to reach a goal. It's used to evaluate different options and make decisions by answering questions about them. You can use a decision tree when you need more information to make a decision but need guidance in the next direction. Decision trees can be used for many different purposes, like planning projects, creating marketing strategies, identifying areas for improvement in your business or organization, or making choices about what products or services to offer.

A decision tree is called a decision tree because it's an algorithm that represents decisions. In short, each node in the tree represents a choice, and each branch represents a possible outcome. The leaves of the tree are where you decide what outcome to take.

You can create a decision tree by first identifying all possible outcomes of your decision. Then, for each outcome, list the possible options you have. Lastly, for each option, list the outcomes that could occur if you chose that option. Decision trees are a great way to ensure you have considered all your options before making an important decision.

Decision trees are simple to understand and interpret. They can be used to analyze any kind of data, regardless of what format it's in or where it comes from. However, they also have their limitations. Decision trees don't take into account all possible variables, which may lead to inaccurate predictions.

Yes, a decision tree is suitable for prediction. You can use a decision tree to predict outcomes of future events based on information collected from previous events. It's a visual representation of the decision-making process. However, note that a decision tree is only recommended if you have enough data, as incomplete data can lead to inaccuracies.


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