Process flow diagrams illustrate how a large complex process is broken down into smaller functions and how these fit together. As visual tools, they can help your team or organization see the bigger picture as well as where they fit into its entirety. Create a process flow any time you want to illustrate the stages of a process.
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Create a process flow diagram to show the relationship between tasks in a process
You can create a process flow diagram using just text and arrows, but why do that when Canva has so many tools and resources that allow you to make one that’s colorful, easy to read and looks fantastic? Even if design isn’t your strong suit, Canva’s library of awesome templates will get you started in the right direction while its easy, drag-and-drop design tools makes editing and customization a breeze.
Rough out the process before you start
It’s tempting to dive straight in, but planning how your process flow works first is essential. How many tasks are involved? How do they link to each other? How do they need to be positioned on the page? All these questions need answers before you begin adding elements and linking them together. Once you have a rough idea, you can get started with the fun bit.
Choose fonts carefully
Canva has a wide range of fonts to choose from, but you should choose wisely. Make sure to choose a font that’s easy to read at small sizes. If your process flow diagram is for business or academic purposes, avoid fancy typefaces that detract from the message. Need help pairing fonts? Canva’s text tools have pre-made typography that takes the guesswork out of font combinations. Click or drag one into your design, change up the text and you’re done!
Use colors to lead the eye and deliver information
There are lots of ways to use color in a process flow diagram. You could have all the arrows in one part of the process the same color to make it clear they relate to that process. For example, you could use colors like blue and green to represent a cooling process or red and yellow to represent something being heated. To recolor any element or text in your design, select it, then head to the color wheel tool on the editor toolbar and choose from any hue on the color wheel or type in a specific hex code–perfect for capturing brand colors.
Process flow templates
Don’t waste time with complicated software. Canva’s process flow templates are your shortcut to good-looking, easy-to-make process flows. Simply click on the template to add your own data. Create your process flow in minutes. Choose from the templates below to get started.
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Create a process flow design that is instantly recognizable by uploading your logo, using your brand color palette and consistent fonts. To upload your logo, click on the Uploads tab, select the Uploads folder, and click on the green Upload your own images button. Select any PNG, JPEG or SVG file you wish to upload from your computer.
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