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We're gonna go over three things today in the webinar. I'm gonna show you the infographic templates and when you would use them, and which one is right for you. How to use Google Slides, which is what you'll be using to modify these templates. And then, I'll show you exactly how to modify them. First, let's take a look at the four infographic templates that you are going to get. These are the templates right here. They're in Google Slides, and I'll open up that Google Slides presentation in just a moment. Google Slides is Google's free version of Microsoft PowerPoint. That's one of the reasons that I created these templates in Google Slides. Almost everybody has used PowerPoint at one time or another, so there's no learning curve. Or, if there is, it's very small. So, you don't have to reuse something like Canva, or definitely not Photoshop or Illustrator. Nothing that complicated. There's also paid tools that you can use, like Piktochart. I've actually tried to use those before and I felt like my infographics looked like everybody else's, using those. What I'm giving you here are some options for different looks and feels for the infographics and different ways you would use them.
Here are the four different infographics and what really they're best to be used for. The first one is what I call the simplest infographic. It's made up of five rectangles. Each of these green backgrounds here are rectangles. They have text on top of them and then a dotted line here. It's really pretty simple. This is great for explaining how something works and it uses nothing more than rectangles, lines, and icons right here. This has an icon. I'll show you how to use icons a little bit later in the webinar. Each of these infographics actually tells you how to use it. This infographic is telling you that we're using shapes to create the different infographic elements. And, these are the different shapes that I've used within Google Slides. Rectangles, circles, and these two are arrows. That's it. You don't have to draw. You don't have to have any artistic ability, any graphic design ability. It's very simple to do.
The next one is the checklist. This is great when you have a process that people need to do in order and you want them to make sure they get everything. They can check it off. You can also replace these check boxes with numbers so that they get a numbered list. It's great for a list of items. There are five subheads here for five things that people need to do, but you can change that. You can add more. You can take some out. Notice here also that I'm telling you exactly how to use this. Your checklist title goes here. Your subtitles go here. This is the font that it is, and the size. Here's your explanatory text. Here's the font and the size and why I've used it. A checklist is great to use when you've got something that people need to make sure that they do every single thing.
This one is called the explainer. This is great for explaining how something works. You don't necessarily have to do it in order, but it's great for explaining how so works or why something is or what. It's not something that people necessarily have to check off. This is a great thing to help people understand. If you were doing something, Robyn, like how bees make a hive or how honey is made, that could be something here. Lisa, you could use this for some of your dyeing processes. The thing here is this uses nothing but rectangles, arrows, and icons. That's it. This top, the title here, this black section, believe it or not, that's a big arrow. These right here are white arrows. You can take those off if you don't need them. You can even put them so they're vertical instead. And then, these are icons that I added. I'll show you how to do that later on in the webinar.
Lastly is what I call the hybrid infographic. This is when you have to show a graphic and you also need a list. It's not just either or, but you need several different kinds of elements. You might need an image, you might need a list, you might need several things in here. I created this little Venn diagram in Google Slides. You would be amazed at the images that you can create just with simple circles or squares or something like that. These down here are icons. Again, I'm gonna show you how to use all of these.