How to Make Good Looking Pie Charts

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How to Make Good Looking Pie Charts
Pie charts are a great way to visually represent statistical data. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Pie charts can be a great way of displaying statistical information in a visual way that is much easier to interpret than just lists of numbers and percentages. To get the most out of your pie chart, create it in a way that is both attractive and engaging to the audience. Choosing a proper layout or even what software to use can be the difference in creating a good-looking pie chart or a bad one.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use the right program to create your pie chart. There are dozens of sites that allow users to create pie charts for free, but many of them do not have the polish that a professional desktop publishing program will provide, such as Microsoft PowerPoint.

  2. 2

    Create a pie chart. If you are using an online creator, then it is usually a straightforward process, since it is typically the only option available. To create a pie chart in PowerPoint, click the "Insert" tab from the top ribbon and select "Graph." You will then be able to select the visual style of your pie graph and the data inside it.

  3. 3

    Input your data into your pie chart. When are you finished inputting the statistical information, the pie chart will act as a visual representation for all of the input data.

  4. 4

    Edit the visual shape of the pie chart. Many pie chart creators allow users to tweak the visual shape of their pie chart, such as displaying the chart in 2D, 3D, or 3D with a slight tilt. Choose the visual shape that best reflects the tone of your presentation and will compliment the rest of your information best.

  5. 5

    Change the default colours of your pie chart to highlight the important information. Use strong colours, such as red or orange, to make the important data easily noticed by the audience. Generally, you don't want your weakest data on the pie chart represented by the strongest colours.

  6. 6

    Change the text displayed on your pie chart for easy reading. You can change the font family or size if you've got the room, but, especially if you are the colours on the individual slices, you'll want to choose your text colour carefully. Don't choose colours that are too close together or difficult to read.

  7. 7

    Use an existing template if possible. Desktop publishing programs, such as PowerPoint, usually feature templates that can be downloaded for pie charts. The templates are usually customised for easy reading and quicker assembly.

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