Once you finish building your perfect Lucidchart document (you visualized processes, added custom shapes, and even linked data), there are two final steps before you’re ready to showcase your document to others:
- Make your document beautiful.
- Present your document directly on Lucidchart with Presentation Mode.
In this article, you’ll find a detailed guide on how to make your diagram aesthetically pleasing, and instructions on how to use Presentation Mode in Lucidchart. Please note: Presentation mode is a premium feature offered on Professional, Team, and Enterprise accounts. To upgrade your account, check out our pricing page or contact our sales team.
Design matters. See for yourself: which of these flowcharts would you prefer to follow?
The one on the right immediately catches and keeps my attention – what about you?
Both diagrams contain the same information, but the second diagram uses color and other styling features to make its content attractive and easy to follow. Win, win!
We’ve collected a few sneaky tricks to help you transform your document from a black and white compilation of shapes to an intelligently designed, aesthetically pleasing presentation. Check them out!
Simply find an image online with a color scheme you like, drag-and-drop the image to your Lucidchart canvas, select the shape or line you’d like to add color to, and click the icon in your color picker to identify the RGB color code from the image. It’s best to choose just three or four colors per document to avoid color overload. If your document still looks too colorful for your taste, try adjusting the color opacity to reduce color contrast.
2.) Lines are your friends. Lots of lines are inevitable when creating a Lucidchart diagram, and that’s especially true for complex process diagrams. Sometimes, it might seem like the lines in your diagram add more chaos than clarity. However, lines can help you if you let them. Simple changes to line styling make a significant difference. Take another look at the line styles in the “before-and-after” diagrams above. The default lines in the “before” diagram overlap and can be easily confused with the swim lane lines. However, in the “after” diagram, the curved line style and added color streamline the flow from one shape to the next. To make your lines curved, or apply another stylistic change, select the lines while holding down SHIFT on your keyboard. Then, select your preferred line preferences (width, type, roundness, style, and end arrows) in the properties bar at the top of your canvas.
Psst: you can find more information on line formatting here!
3.) Fun with fonts. It can be easy to overlook the importance of fonts when aesthetics are not your priority. However, fonts are a great way to give your presentation personality and help you tell your story. Are you presenting a pitch to a new prospect? Impress their marketing team by importing a custom font to keep your presentation 100% on-brand. You can also add styling to text to emphasize key phrases or takeaways and drive your audience’s attention in the direction you choose. Deliberate design keeps you in control.
4.) Break it down into parts Sometimes, a document can become so large or complex that when it comes to adding styling, you do not know where to begin. Luckily, Lucidchart offers ways to break down your haunting document into smaller, more digestible parts.
- Layers. If your document seems too large to style, consider adding layers. Lucidchart layers allow you to show or hide certain contents of your diagram, so you only see the information you need when you really need it.
- Groups. Another way to break your document down into simpler structural components is by dividing the shapes on your document into “groups." Simply select the shapes you want in the group, then use the Command-G keyboard shortcut or right-click > “Group.” You can then move or add style to multiple shapes at a time. Once you’ve added the desired style to a shape or group, lock the shape(s) to prevent future modifications, as shown below.
Presentation mode in Lucidchart allows you transform your document into a slide deck presentation with just a few clicks.
Follow these steps to use Presentation mode:
- Open the document you want to make into a presentation.
- Click the “present” icon on the right toolbar.
- Click the “gear” icon to adjust the duration of each slide and the aspect ratio of the slides.
Check the box next to “Always Show Slides” to keep the slides visible on your canvas, even when you are not in presentation mode.
- Click to create a slide for your presentation. This will add an orange box to your canvas like this:
Drag and drop the the icon to move the slide on your canvas.
- Repeat step 4 to add more slides to your presentation.
- Click to open presentation mode. This will trigger a slideshow presentation of your Lucidchart document. You can toggle between slides using the arrow keys on your keyboard. Otherwise, the slides will change at the intervals you set earlier.
- You can also click to export your presentation to Google Slides.