Gantt charts are tools used to schedule large projects by splitting them into tasks and subtasks and laying them out on a timeline. Each task is listed on one side of the chart and each has a horizontal line opposite it corresponding to the length of the task. By mapping tasks like this, you can easily see how long each will take and which tasks will overlap.
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Colors are an important visual cue in Gantt charts. They are often used to denote the stage of a project at which a task takes place. But you can also use them to show which department in your organization is responsible for the task. Or, for small teams, which team member is responsible.
Change your design’s colors by using the color wheel tool on the toolbar. Click the element or text you wish to recolor, then choose any hue from the color wheel or type in a particular color hex code to fit your branding requirements.
In any project, there are some tasks that will need to be completed before others can be started. As well as ensuring you schedule tasks accordingly, you can choose from Canva’s huge range of arrows to link tasks and show which ones follow on from others. You can customize the size, shape and style of arrow, as well as its color. It’s a good idea to make each arrow the same style, and use color consistently.
To add an arrow or any other shape or icon to your design, head to the Elements tab, click on the Shape, Line, or Icon folder and choose one that suits your need or style. Drag and drop it to where you need it in your design.
Most big projects involve lots of different teams or departments working together. Often these teams will be in different buildings, or even different cities or countries. Canva makes it really easy to work collaboratively like this. Just click on Share, tick the box that enables others to edit your design and send them the link. Team members and colleagues can then access and edit the design from anywhere in the world, from any computer, iPhone or iPad.
Once everyone in your team is done editing and happy with the finished Gantt chart, you’ll want to distribute it. You can email it from inside Canva, just by clicking the Share button and copying and pasting email addresses into the box. Gantt charts are meant to be displayed on a wall, though, so why not download a high-res PNG or PDF to print and hang on the wall?
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