Things You Shouldn’t (And Can’t Afford) To Miss When Designing Chart Templates 

Ready. Set. Share! If only it were that easy. But it can be with iCharts.

Learn how to maximize pre-made or custom templates to spice up your (data) story. Get more control of the look and feel of your charts by choosing from one of 15+ iCharts pre-made design templates OR upload your own (Platinum users only).  Here are some tips and tricks for making either/or work.

Choose a Chart Size.
Drag and drop the chart page to set the height and width dimensions or enter in the values right into the pixel counters at the bottom right corner of the chart page. Rely on the maximum column width of your web site or blog to give you an indication of what the values should be. Keep in mind, however, that charts should ideally be under 530 px in width order to satisfy most web requirements.

Define the Chart Area.
Define the exact position by dropping the chart area into place and drag the corners to specify the size.

Format Your Horizontal and Vertical Axis.
Define the color and thickness of the lines. Select the font size for the labels. Set the decimal formatting for the measure axis.

Format the Chart Title.
Configure the font style, size and color. Place the chart title text box where it should be.

Select Data Series Colors.
Set the colors of your data series with the palettes available to you or enter in specific HEX or RGB codes.

Choose Your Data Value Format.
Determine the data value font formatting, decimal formatting and whether it should display outside or inside the data series.

Data Tip Formatting.
Determine the data value font formatting and decimal formatting for the interactive pop-ups.

Define Grid Formatting.
Set the color, line thickness and fill color of the grid. If you want to set the grid formatting but have it hidden as a default, simply uncheck them from being visible. Your formatting will be saved to the template for when you do want to use them.

Select Images and Logos.
Ensure that the images and logos are tagged to be included in the template in the Image Manager.

All of the presets that you key into your templates can be updated. Since each dataset is unique, you may need make a few refinements after the templates have been applied. Polish the features of your chart as you see fit. If you are looking to more formally update the entire template, you can overwrite it by saving another design of the same name.

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