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A Shortcut to Construct Circular Diagram

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Posted by James Freeman | 11/26/2020
This article offers a shortcut to make circular diagrams aided by the smart and easy-to-use shapes.

A circular diagram's advantage compared to linear ones lies in its cyclical nature of inputs and outputs, without dead-end within the sub processes. To maximize its effect, we suggest you to do the following preparation before starting to draw. See how to create a circular chart from this video: Video Tutorial - How to Create a Circular Diagram

Preparation before Creating Circular Diagram


What is the topic you want to visualize by a circular diagram? A deep understanding of it will facilitate your presentation process. Find more materials to support your idea.


How many phases are included in the cycle? What is their sequence and how are they connected? Do you need to put more description in the diagram to illustrate each phase in detail? If you do, collect and collate them.

Simple Steps to Create a Circular Diagram

Open the Stencil

After you start Edraw, you can find the circular templates in the Business Diagram category. Double click the Circular Diagram icon to open a blank drawing page and the related stencils.

Circular Icon

Create Circular Diagrams from Templates

There are a wide variety of ready-made templates for instant start. You can choose arrow style, stack circles, pie or ring style. See the below image.

Circular Diagram Symbols

Configure the Circular Diagram

  • Choose a suitable circular shape and drag it onto the canvas. The shape is selected by default.
  • Move the pointer towards the floating button to configure the diagram, including the circle numbers, arrow size and direction. Let's take the Circular Motion 3 as an example.
  • After you choose to add a segment , the shape adds one arrow automatically.
  • You can change the direction of arrow (from clockwise to anticlockwise or from outward to inward), by only one click on the Invert Arrow option.
  • InvertArrow

    Nowlet's have a look at another template - Circle 4.

    1. Add or delete a segment by clicking the floating menu.
    2. Click the shape, after a few seconds or longer, click a subshape (the interval is longer than double click). Note that when a subshape is selected, the selection points turn blue. While the whole shape is selected, the selection points are green. Replace the fill color of sub shape by clicking a color in the color bar.

    Change Gap Size

    To emphasize the central topic, you can enlarge the gad size. This can be illustrated by Circle 6.

    1. Click on the outer ring twice to select it. A yellow control handle appears.
    2. Drag the yellow handle outwards to increase gap size. The ring width decreases at the same time.
    add a ring

    You can edit this templates for more possibilities. One template can be edited in many ways to form a wide variety of new styles.

    1. Click the floating menu to add more rings.
    2. change gap size
    3. Select a certain ring to change its segment number. Each ring has it own floating menu.
    4. edit-ring
    5. Change the color of subshapes of any ring.
    6. Change the gap between rings and the width or rings by dragging corresponding control handles.
    7. add a ring

    Insert and Format Text

    1. Double click the shape to insert text.
    2. Click the Text on the Home menu and the choose Text Block Tool to edit the text block.
    3. Click the second time on the target subshape and a purple box shows, representing the text block.
    4. Change its size by dragging its square control handles and alter its orientation by moving the round rotation control handle.
    5. In the Font tools group on the Home menu, you can change the text alignment and add bullets to the text.
    Text-Tool Text-Orientation

    Change Circle Size

    1. Click on the shape the first time then a green box shows.
    2. Move the green square control handle to change the size of the central circle.
    3. Click twice on the circle you want to alter and then a blue box shows.
    4. Move the blue square control handle to change its size.
    5. Clicking the round control handles rotates the circle including the text block.


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    Circular Diagram Examples

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