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How to Make an Infographic in Google Docs

By Danesh Ramuthi, Feb 20, 2024

How to Make an Infographic in Google Docs

In an era where chatbots are writing content, getting people’s attention is becoming difficult.

But infographics are as engaging as ever. But most still people think creating infographics is hard and choose tools like Google Docs to make them.

Google Docs is free, available online, syncs with your Google account and you don’t need to be a graphic designer to use it. Win-win option right? Wrong. Google Docs limits your creative options and you get no customizable infographic templates.

In this post, I’ll show you how to make an infographic in Google Docs and then show you a few options to make your own infographic using a professional Infographic Maker and infographic templates.


Click to jump ahead: 

What is an infographic?

Infographics are visuals that present information or data in a way that is easy to digest.

Charts, diagrams, images, and icons feature prominently on infographics to make information easier to understand and conceptualize.

Here’s an example of what I mean:

the ideal bedtime routine

Notice how you don’t even have to read the text? The icons alone visually communicate the information.

6 types of infographics you can create in Google Docs

If you’re making an infographic, you’ll need to pick one that is best suited to present your information.

Although there are many types of infographics, for most use cases, you can stick to the following six.

Note: For each example below, to recreate the example in Google Docs, you would have to draw the infographic manually using in-built shapes and the import images feature.

1. Statistical infographics

Statistical infographics are your go-to when it comes to data visualization.

These infographics help you share findings such as results from an employee survey, the latest research findings, and more.

Here’s an example of a statistical infographic:

Brown Coffee Statistical Overview Infographic

2. Informational infographics

Informational infographics are great if you want to summarize large chunks of text into a smaller, more digestible format.

Again, visual elements are vital in informational infographics to reinforce concepts visually.

Here’s an example:

How To Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

3. Timeline infographics

Timeline infographics help you present information in chronological order.

They’re perfect if you want to illustrate the progression of facts or figures in a format that is easy to follow.

Here’s an example of a timeline infographic:

The Evolution of Sports Equipment Through the Ages

4. Comparison infographics

Want to do a side-by-side comparison of two or more items? Comparison infographics can highlight differences and similarities, making them ideal for use cases such as product reviews.

Here’s a comparison infographic that highlights differences between cold and hot showers:

Advantages of Hot vs Cold Showers Comparison Infographic

5. Geographic infographics

Geographic infographics help visualize data related to specific regions or locations.

For example, let’s say you want to show where population density is highest in the US. Instead of a table of numbers, a color-coded map is more impactful.

Geographic Infographic

6. Process infographics

Process infographics let you present a series of steps or stages in a clear and organized manner which makes them ideal to explain procedures, workflows, or the progression of tasks.

Here’s an example of a process infographic:

MailChimp Export Email Template

How to make an infographic in Google Docs

I’ll show you how you can create a simple list infographic in Google Docs. There is a guided walkthrough of the steps in this section, so don’t miss out!

Here’s a step-by-step overview:

  1. Create a blank document in Google Docs
  2. Set your page orientations (Click “File” > “Page Setup“)
  3. Use shapes to create infographic structure
  4. Add your text and images
  5. Customize your infographic with color and/or fonts
  6. Review, finalize, and export your design

Here’s a detailed walk-through with visuals.

Step 1: Create a new document in Google Docs

Sign into Google Docs and select a blank new document.

If you already have a document open, select “File” > “New” and then click on “Document”.

Step 1: Create a new document on Google Docs

Step 2: Set up your page

In Google Docs, you need to specify the layout and dimensions of the page for infographics.

This is to ensure your infographic fits within the canvas and compatibility reasons if you plan to print the infographic later on.

Head to “File” > “Page Setup”.

Here, you can select the orientation (portrait or landscape), color, and size according to what you need.

I recommend landscape for an infographic and a page size of 11″ x 8.5″. If you’re looking to print it on an A4 paper, then select the A4 size.

Once done, click on “OK“.

Step 2: Set up a page

Step 3: Add a shapes to create infographic structure

In Google Docs, there are no editable infographic templates. This means you’ll have to draw shapes by hand to create infographics.

To insert shapes go to “Insert” > “Drawing” > “New”.

Step 3: Add a shape or image

You’ll find a range of shapes, from squares, circles, to arrows.

I’ll use three rectangles to act as separate blocks an informational infographic.

Note: Since it’s hard to recreate rectangles of the same size, I had to copy paste them.

infographic shape set up

Make sure to “Save” and “Close” once done.

Step 4: Add your text and images

Now that you have the basic structure, it’s time to add content.

Click on your infographic in Docs and select the “Edit” button.

add text infographic google docs

The drawing window should open up again, and this time we’re going to select the “Textbox” option.

While adding the text was fairly simple, getting the textboxes to align was a pain using Google Docs ruler at the top.

To add images, select the “Image” option.

add text and images to google docs

Step 5: Customize your infographic

The infographic above looks pretty dull so far, but let’s see how we can spice it up a bit more with Google Docs customization options.

By using the “Fill” and “Border Weight” options, I was to change the color of each box and add more border to one area over the other.

google docs customization options

If you want to add a chart or diagram into your Google Doc infographic, click “Insert” > “Chart”.

Google Docs has several options for you to choose from, ranging from bar graphs, line graphs, column charts, and pie charts.

Doing this will add a chart below the infographic rather than inside it which means your infographic won’t be a single visual asset.

Step 6: Review, finalize and export

Once you’re happy with your creation, click on “File” > “Download” > “PDF” to export your infographic.

Otherwise, since Google Docs is part of the google apps ecosystem, you can always find your infographic in Google Drive as well.

And that’s it! You’ve made your infographic using Google Docs.

While I’ll admit this process is relatively straightforward, the infographic looks very elementary (similar to what I’d make when I was 8).

To make something you can actually use in public, you’ll need to spend hours trying to make elements align or fit together.

How to make professional infographics with Venngage

Want to create infographics that actually get people’s attention? Look no further than Venngage.

Venngage is a great platform to use when you don’t have time to create something from scratch or want an easy way to create infographics.

You’ll get access to tens of thousands of templates, an in-editor library of thousands of free, professional icons, plus diverse icons, and the ability to add charts, graphs, and maps in-platform or by importing data from Excel.

Note: Some of our infographic templates are free to use and some require a small monthly fee. Sign-up is always free, as is access to Venngage’s online drag-and-drop editor.

Here’s how to create an infographic with Venngage:

Step 1: Sign up for an account (it’s free!)

Sign up for a Venngage account using email, Gmail, or your Facebook account.

Step 1: Sign up for free

Step 2: Pick an infographic template from our library

Venngage has no shortage of templates you can edit, including infographic templates

You’ll find all types of infographic templates on Venngage from process infographics to comparison infographics and even medical infographics.

number of options you can pick from.

Want a geographic infographic? There are at least 50 templates you can choose from.

Or maybe you want to present data in a visual format. In that case, browse our statistical infographics until you find one you like.

Here’s an example:

Digital Banking Infographic

Step 3: Edit your infographic

All our templates have been built by professional designers and optimized for various scenarios.

But if you want to change it to your liking, you can easily do so! Some of your options include ability to swap icons, swap images, change colors, fonts, and more.

For example, let’s say I want to change the colors of the listicles in this article. All you have to do is select the box and click on the replace background color option.

It’s as simple as that!

6 shocking facts about drug addiction in the United States

If you sign up for a Business plan, you’ll also get access to My Brand Kit. This feature lets you apply your brand colors to any template with one click.

If you want to create an infographic from scratch, you can do that too in our editor tool. You’ll get access to the same resources you’d have if you were editing a template.

And if you really want something that’s your own without have to do any design work, check out our AI infographic Maker.

Just enter a prompt and wait for the magic to happen. 

AI infographic editor

Step 4: Share a link to your infographic for free or upgrade download

Once you’ve finished creating your infographic, share it with the world!

Any Venngage user could share their infographic with the public — even free users! You’ll always have access to a link that you can share.

But if you want to download your infographic, upgrade to a Business Account.

download venngage infographics

Conclusion: Encourage conversations with Venngage infographics that cut through the noise

If you want to see success with infographics, don’t bother wasting time creating one that is subpar in Google Docs.

Instead harness the power of Venngage and create infographics in just a few clicks. It’s free to use and you don’t to be an expert designer to create cutting-edge infographics.


Frequently Asked Questions

Does Google Docs have infographic templates?

Google Docs does not offer infographic templates, but you can find templates in Google Slides. However, these are still limited in terms of variety. If you want polished and creative design options, consider using Venngage infographic templates.

Can you create an infographic in Google Docs?

Yes, you can create infographics manually in Google Docs. However, dragging and dropping shapes in places and manually entering text and images will take time. Also, you won’t get access to any pre-built templates that can help you speed up the process.

Where can I get free infographic templates?

Visit Venngage to get free infographic templates that are appealing and unique.