Using Gliffy, creating a basic Venn diagram takes only minutes. If you invest a little more time, however, your work can look exceptionally professional. All you need to do is follow these top five Venn diagram pro tips:
5. Try a Template
While it’s child’s play to assemble a two-set Venn diagram, as you add sets the complexity — and need for precision — increases exponentially. By the time you’re working with four or five sets, it can take you a significant chunk of time just to get your circles, ovals, or curved lines perfectly positioned.
That is, unless you use one of our ready-made templates, in which case we’ve done all that work for you. You’re welcome!
Check out our article on Venn diagram types & templates for easy access to all our Venn and Euler diagram templates. Just click to open one and start personalizing it.
4. Throw Some Shade
Color is important in any diagram, but in a Venn diagram, it’s near crucial. Take a moment to consider if you want the colors of your sets to complement each other or to clash? One way accentuates agreement and the other disparity.
To change the color of almost any shape in Gliffy, just open Edit Shape Properties. Choose from one of 80 set colors or click ‘Custom’ to select any RGB or hex value you desire.
Don’t forget: you can set a complementary or contrasting border color, too.
3. Just My Type
While many of you will make a point of adjusting your diagram’s text properties, few take full advantage of Gliffy’s flexibility in this regard.
Not only can you choose fonts, sizes, colors, styles, and alignment, but you can change these settings within any block of text. When you’re creating a Venn diagram, this can be extra useful.
Sometimes you’ll want to reduce text sizes for labels that need to fit in the cramped union between two sets. Other times, you’ll want to vary text color to draw attention to key set components.
In general, we recommend sticking to one font for headers and perhaps another for everything else — unless you’re aiming for a comic effect (and even then…). In terms of size, style, color, and everything else, just remember that your point should be to communicate clearly.
2. Get Connected
Whether you’re working on complex set theory problem or just illustrating the similarities between Star Wars and The Force Awakens, double-checking your work is always a good policy. An even better policy is to let someone else double-check your work.
Using Gliffy, you can invite anyone with a computer, modern web browser, and an internet connection to collaborate on your diagrams. With all data stored to the cloud, they can even be in a far-flung time zone or on a different continent.
Just select Share/Collaborate from the top Menu and see what your colleagues and friends think before you publish.
1. Let it Loose
Speaking of publishing: you should. Whether you want to include your Venn diagram in a PowerPoint presentation, embed it on a blog, or print it for distribution, all of those options are available — and recommended — through Gliffy.
You spent time creating your Venn diagram. It would be a shame not to share it.
Ready to try your hand at creating your own Euler or Venn diagram?