How to use Flourish and Canva to enhance your digital projects
The Flourish integration with Canva makes it easy to combine data visualization with interactive content. Whether you're creating an internal presentation, social media post, portfolio website, or a PDF-like document, read our step-by-step guide on how to enhance your digital projects using both tools.
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Get started with Flourish and Canva
- To add your chart to Canva directly from Flourish, click on the Export & publish button in the right-hand corner of the editor, and select Add to a Canva presentation.
- To add Flourish charts within the Canva app, you need to install the Flourish app.
To install the Flourish app, open an existing Canva design or create a new one. Then, from the panel on the left-hand side, choose Apps and search for Flourish. The extension should pop up and prompt you to connect both tools. Once you do this, you should have access to all of your Flourish visualizations straight away and can drop them into any Canva design.
TIP: You can add both published and unpublished Flourish projects to Canva.
That's it! You can now create stunning digital data projects. Read the section below for some useful Flourish x Canva tips and tricks.
Flourish x Canva tips and tricks
We've compiled some of the most frequently used Flourish features that work really well when combined with Canva. Below, you'll learn how to create dashboard-like presentations, add autoplaying Flourish stories, enhance your charts with annotations and labels, and others.
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Create a dashboard using Flourish charts
If you are just starting with Flourish, you should be aware that the tool's real power is in data storytelling. However, sometimes all you need is to see KPIs and stats at a glance, almost as if you are looking at a dashboard.
To create a similar dashboard-like report:
Use autoplaying Flourish stories instead of GIFs
Creating the perfect GIF that's both high-quality and small in size can be very time-consuming. Fortunately, Flourish suggests a much easier alternative to regular videos or GIFs – autoplaying and looping stories! See an example of an autoplaying story below:
To use autoplaying stories in Canva projects:
TIP: If you are using the autoplaying story as a GIF alternative, make sure that you have turned on the Loop option. For best results, you can also disable the story navigation.
NOTE: Please note that this method of replacing GIFs is only suitable for online presentations. Downloading your Canva project that contains autoplaying stories as a PDF, GIF or mp4 would not export the Flourish visualization.
Enhance your charts with annotations, labels and stickers
When adapting Flourish content for different mediums, you may benefit from using Canva's rich library of graphics and elements to improve your charts even further. In the example below, you can see how we used Flourish and Canva to adapt Flourish visualizations for social media.
To add graphic elements to a Flourish visualization and story: