When you have unlimited downloads of royalty-free vectors and photos, the creative possibilities are pretty much endless. Each download has a million iterations awaiting creation. Need some killer slides for a pitch deck? A social media post for a game night? Even if you’re not making an infographic, the perfect design elements could be in our Infographic Templates Collection.
The key to selecting design elements is being able to see beyond what you’re looking at and imagining what it could be. Design element sets are meant to include more than you need, so remember to look closely at each template. For this post, we’ll use an education infographic elements set to create five different projects.
To get started, you will need a vector editor. In the examples below, we used Adobe Illustrator but a free vector editor will do the job as well. Here’s a look at our starting point:
Remember that vectors can be scaled to any size, so what might be a tiny icon in the download could be the focal point of your new design. In this example, we found a perfect template in Canva for a post about an art night—the only problem was that the original template was an ad for eyeglasses. To customize the post, we took a small paintbrush icon from our infographic template and made it the focal point of the final product.
Think Outside the Theme
In this example, we created a slide in Canva for an ice cream business’s year-end review—even though our original template was education-themed. Using an infographic template is one way to give a graph or chart a little bit more design than just using the tools included in your slide builder. We also added a photo for extra flavor.
In general, you don’t want to get hung up on details that can easily be changed (like colors). Here we used this photo in addition to our template to create a completely new infographic. In this case, it was helpful to find a template that thematically aligned with our final goal. Learn more about creating custom infographics here.
Even if you’re not making an infographic, the design element you’re looking for could be included as part of an infographic template. Here we used Illustrator and Photoshop to create an animated GIF of a school bus with one of the icons included in our education infographic template.
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Break It Up
Scan the template for just the elements that are relevant to your project. In this example, we created multiple Artboards in Illustrator and exported them as separate images. We then imported those images into the MailChimp newsletter below and created buttons in MailChimp using the same color scheme.
And there you have it! With a vector editor and some creativity, you can transform our infographic templates and design element sets to suit your business, brand, or personal style. Looking for a little extra guidance? Learn how to create a custom infographic using starting with an infographic template.