Create a Briliant Process Flow Diagram with Canva

Show how the different parts of a process relate to each other with a process flow diagram.
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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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How to create a process flow

Launch Canva

Open Canva and search for "Process Flow" to start your design project.

Choose a process flow template

Take a look at our collection of process flow templates. You can filter the results by style and theme, and then select a template that best fits the process you want to visualize.

Add your data

Fill each section of the template with the steps or stages of a process. Add supporting details to make sure that all tasks and actions are clear. Give your process flow a title, too. If you want to work with your teammates, just send them a link to your template.

Customize your process flow template

Once the template has been filled in, personalize the look. Use color to lead the eye and distinguish different parts of the process. Choose professional-looking font styles and add as many arrows or pointers as needed. You can also add more text boxes or illustrations and stock photos from our free media library.

Download and share

Download your process flow chart as a PNG, JPG, or PDF file and add it to your Canva Docs, presentations, infographics, and more. Need to send it to your teammates? Share it instantly via social media or email.

Create a process flow

Create a process flow

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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