Plot Data Efficiently in Visual Line Charts
You may have to work on a project such as an annual report, paper publication or a blog post from time to time. You may be confronted with piles of documents containing snore-inducing numbers but you have to present something that will shine up. In these occasions, you can rely on data visualization: applying charts or graphs to show information visually and impressively. Let's take line chart as an example.
What Is Line Chart
According to Wikipedia, a line chart or line graph is a type of chart which displays information as a series of data points called 'markers' connected by straight line segments. It is a perfect tool for showing trend visually over a period of time. From the position of markers, viewers can understand the difference almost instantly.
Design Elements of a Line Chart
When designing a line chart, there are typically four main factors that you can customize. These elements are the title, the legend, the data (sections/bars/points), and the parameters (axes, tick marks).
The chart title is often the first thing come to readers' eyes. It should accurately describe the topic of the line chart. It should be large enough to be easily readable, but not too large or too distracting. In other words, it should do its job and then get out of the way.
The legend is what describes the data - it's what makes your chart meaningful. Legends can be placed beneath the chart or on the right. The colors of the items within the legend should correspond to the data on the chart. Depending on different needs, the data can take many different forms. It can be 2D, 3D or textured for example.
The axes and tick marks assist readers figure out the actual number each marker represent. They should sort of fade into the background but be easy to read when needed.
Draw Line Charts Instantly in Automatic Software
There are a variety of programs for making line charts. Edraw is a second-to-none solution as with any editable object in Edraw, you can manipulate chart pieces in a way that's not possible in a spreadsheet program. It offers slick features such as 3D charts and textures that can be mapped to graph sections. Creating a chart in Edraw is nice as well because it offers complete flexibility supporting various formats. Download and try it for free right now.
Edraw's Line Chart Symbols
Line chart shapes like line, 100% line, step line, area, step area, point, line with marker and more are available. Moreover, there are lots of beautiful backgrounds for you to choose.
Steps to Create Line Charts
Open the Line Chart Template from the Chart library. The template library opens along with a blank drawing page. This is where you can begin to customize the look and feel of your graph by choosing a chart type.
Drag the shape from library to start your line charts. Once you let go of the mouse button, a floating button will pop up which will allow you to either edit or import your chart's data.
Double click value text to edit the chart data. The marker position changes according to the rate of point value and axis max value.
Use the floating menu to add/delete a category/series and set max value or other appearance options.
When you complete the line chart, you can save it as the project file for revision later. You can print it or export it in the html, pdf,svg, transparent png format. You can also export it to MS Word, Excel or PowerPoint with one click.
For more details, refer to page How to Create a Line Chart.
Tips and Ideas for Better Line Charts
There are a few skillful ways to spice up your charts and set them apart from the pack. The most general principles of charting data are thus the following: Present meaningful data.
- Define the data unambiguously.
- Do not distort the data.
- Present the data efficiently.
To be more specific, you can try some skills to make your line chart reader-friendly. Use line with markers so that readers can see the vertex easily. Different series had better be distinguished in different shapes of markers and different colors.
Line Charts Templates/Examples
Line Chart Example - Key Event
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Line Chart Template - Comparison
To help our users with a clearer understanding of Line chart, we provide this example for reference.
Video Tutorial - How to Create a Line Chart