Create Timeline Infographics with Templates or from Scratch

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How to create timeline infographic like an expert yet spending the least time? This article will show you the way to create timeline infographics quickly with ready-made templates.

Timeline infographic is an infographic showing a list of events in chronological order. With the linear structure, timeline infographic makes it clear for people to understand when each object appears on the stage.

Timeline Infographic - Baby Milestone

Timeline infographics are often used to portray history or display chronological steps of an event. For example, you can use a timeline infographic to display the history of a company, or show someone's life story. This timeline infographic tells the growth of a baby, which includes events, date of events, description, and pictures.

What to Consider Before Designing an Awesome Timeline Infographic?

Before creating a timeline infographic, you have to take several aspects into consideration:

  1. What do you use it for? For presentations, for social media or something else?
  2. What types of the timeline will you choose? Horizontal, vertical, or winding?
  3. How to create the visual hierarchy of information to attract the intention of your audience?

How to Create a Timeline Infographic?

First of all, you need to download an infographic maker. With this versatile maker, you can get all timeline templates from our there. If you want to design timeline infographics online, you can choose to start working immediately here at Edraw Max Online:

Step 1: Get the Content Prepared

Before start, make sure you have already collected all the information and finalized the content, because this will guide you to decide which layout or style you are going to use. Get these things clear:

  • How many points (events) the timeline infographic will include?
  • How detail the infographic would be?
  • Will it contain pictures or not?

Step 2: Choose a Timeline Infographic Template

According to the anwers above, choose a timeline template from the library. There are a variety of timeline infographic templates for you to free download. Drag out from the library to see clear details and decide which one to use.

timeline 1
  • little text with icons
  • timeline 2
  • little text without image
  • timeline 3
  • text on one side
  • timeline 4
  • highlight one point
  • timeline 5
  • heavy text no image
  • timeline 6
  • aligned style
  • timeline 7
  • images in circles
  • timeline 8
  • text on two sides
  • timeline 9
  • date in the middle
  • Step 3: Add Your Own Content and Personalize the Format

    Drag and drop the timline you selected and start editing. Every detail can be edited. You can:

    • Add text blocks to any location, change the font color, type and size.
    • Recolor, replace, and relocation the shapes.
    • Set event number.
    • Add other cliparts or infographic elements from the built-in libraries.

    use timeline template from library

    Above is the original template, and below is the one we customized. We changed the color of the lines and shapes, replaced the images, added a title, and changed the font. After that, we chose a background from the "Texture Background" library. PS: the cliparts of the little babies are mostly found in the "Baby" library.

    modify infographic timeline template

    Step 4: Start from Scratch

    If none of the above templates suit you, you can design from scratch using our quick shapes such as line, circle, rectangle, flag, arrow, etc.

    Add a Line

    Draw a line with the line tool and set the line color, width, dash type or arrow from the line format tab on the right.

    Draw a line

    Add the Nodes

    Use the Oval tool to draw a circle. You can draw two cirlces and overlap them to make the hollow style. Or you can open the Basic Shape library to use the ready-made circle shapes.

    Add time nodes

    Add Text Blocks

    Design text blocks with the pre-made shapes. Use Union tool to make two shapes become one.

    Add text blocks

    Add Embellishments

    Embellishments will make the timeline more infographic. That means, with embellishment such as clip arts, icons, images, the timeline infographic will become more vivid and visually pleasing.

    add infographics timeline embellishment

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