Last week we talked about why Registered Dietitians need graphic design. This week's blog is all about getting started, beginning with the design platform. The two online platforms I use when designing are Piktochart and Canva. Let's get into the nitty gritty of Piktochart.
Best for Beginners
Relative to Canva, Piktochart is easier to use and does not require a ton of tutorials to get started. Canva does have some great tutorials, but honestly, who has time for those?
Piktochart has the most free icons available. The black icons are best because you can change the color. For example, in my Thrivacious! logo, the pineapple was originally black, but I was able to change the color to turquoise. Canva has some icons, but the options are limited and may cost $1 per icon (boo!). Piktochart also has some great options for charts used in reports. The chart can be made interactive and move when viewed online.
Limited Pre-sized Options
The size I am referring to here is the size of the entire graphic. Letter-sized (8.5x11) posters and handouts are usually 825x1075 pixels, and social media graphic can vary. A twitter header (1500x500px) is a completely different size than an instagram image (800x800px). Piktochart has preset options for handouts and presentations, but none set for social media graphics or other paper sizes. This means you have to search for the size of the graphic you want to make, then manually size it in Piktochart. Not too big of a deal, but a pain.
Lack of Organization
Unfortunately, there is no way to organize uploaded images or different projects into folders. Not a big deal when starting out, but finding old graphics a year into using the program may take awhile.
While Piktochart may be more expensive than Canva, it has several payment options based on how you plan to use it. If you are a beginner paying for this on your own, I would suggest playing around with the free version before splurging on the annual membership.
Is the PRO membership worth it? Absolutely, if you plan on actually using it. The PRO templates are especially useful for beginners who struggle with layouts and color schemes. The high res and no watermark PRO options are particularly important for quality - no one wants to see a blurry image with unnecessary branding!
FYI - if you are a student, teacher, or belong to a non-profit, you can get the PRO version for only $40/year. Totally worth it for this price!
Summary - Best for Icon-Based Graphics
Ultimately, Piktochart is the best platform for creating icon-based graphics (relative to Canva). Icon-based graphics include infographics, logos, and any other handouts/posters that use icons to communicate. The variety of icons is key for creating infographics, and paying per icon in Canva is not ideal.
Have any of you tried Piktochart? I would love to hear what you have used it for!
Hungry for more? Tune in next week for a review of Canva.
I am a Registered Dietitian, Personal Trainer, and self-taught graphic designer who loves delicious food, weight training, and colorful graphics.