Start your diagram by adding shapes

Adding shapes

Add a shape by dragging from the toolbox and dropping onto the canvas. To add more shapes, draw out a line and select from the autopromt, or drag another shape from the toolbox. Use the search box to find a specific shape, and click more shapes to select which libraries appear. For even more shapes, you can create custom shape libraries and import Visio stencils.

Once you've created your diagram, add color and style

Format your diagrams

Select a shape or group of shapes then use the properties bar to change the border line thickness and color, as well as the fill color. The Graphic Panel provides more advanced options for corner roundness, gradient fills, image fills, drop shadows, and opacity. Explore the themes tutorial for more details on color palettes, preset themes, and do-it-yourself themes.

Add text to your diagram

Add text to your diagrams

Add text by dragging out the Text object from the top of the toolbox, this has a transparent background, so if you want a filled background use a Text Block or most any other shape. Double click to edit text and use the text panel and properties bar to format alignment, font, and other elements.

Draw lines from any object

Draw lines

Draw a line from an object by placing the cursor anywhere along the border until you see the crosshairs, then click and drag out. Draw freehand lines by pressing 'L' or right clicking and select 'Draw Line' to activate the line tool. Then click and drag to place the line.

Format lines to make your diagram easy to understand

Style lines

Select a line or click and drag over a group of lines then use the properties bar to change the color, thickness, style, and arrow endings. Click at the end of a line to move connections anywhere along the edge, or drag to the center of a shape for a dynamic connection. You can also double click on lines to add text that stays connected to the line and can be moved around.

Add images to make your diagram even more visual

Insert image

Add pictures to your image library by dragging and dropping from your computer or using the upload button. Find images and icons from the web with the Google Search bar, then drag onto the page. Use the graphic panel to replace an image, crop it, or quickly add effects.

Modify page settings to perfectly fit your diagram

Page settings

Make the page look just how you like with the tabs on the page edge and the Page Settings panel. Select the page size or enter a custom one, flip the orientation, and add margins. Try changing the snap-to-grid and content size settings, and even turn on auto-paginate so you never run out of space. Also, add additional pages with the plus button and easily rename and reorganize them.

Diagramming is better when you collaborate

Share your diagram

Easily share your diagram by clicking the Share button, or select share in the menu bar and 'invite collaborators'. Enter email addresses or generate a one-time or multi-use link that you can send out. Also set the permission level for collaborators. Those invited will be asked to sign in or sign up and will be able to edit diagrams based on their account level and permissions.

Use links to jump between pages and to other websites

Add links to your diagram

Add a link by highlighting the text or object and clicking the link icon. You can link to another page inside the diagram, link to an external page, or even prompt an email. Right click or double click the shape to edit either link or text. And try using hotspots and states for more advanced functionality.

Create dynamic diagrams with layers and interaction

Hotspots and states

Use hotspots and states to add interaction to wireframes, mockups, or any other diagram. Add a hotspot by rightclicking an object and selecting 'Create a Hotspot', the Actions table lets you specify the type of interaction and what page or state it's interacting with. States are layers that can be opened and closed using hotspots. use the Demo panel to create a new state. You'll know you're editing the layer because everything else is faded out and a breadcrumb appears in the top corner. Finally test the interaction with demo mode, and quickly show the functionality of a website or mobile app.

There are many ways to save and share your diagram

Download your diagram

Download options are found under File inside the Menu bar. Download your diagram to PDF, PNG, JPEG, and Visio's VDX format. You can also specify which page or even part of a page you want to download, as well its quality. The file will then download to your designated downloads folder.

Import your Visio files into Lucidchart and start diagramming in the cloud

Import your Visio files

Import Visio files into Lucidchart from your Documents page. Simply click import, select your Visio file, and allow a moment for the file to convert to a Lucidchart diagram. Lucidchart supports VSD, VDX, and VSDX files, as well as VSS, VSX, and VSSX stencils. Stencils are imported through the shapes library.

Use the Visio export feature if you need to share with others that still use Visio

Export back to Visio

Easily export your Lucidchart diagram back to Visio from the Menu bar. Click File --> Download as, and select VDX.

Tutorials

Use the search box above to find quick tutorials that will help you find your way around Lucidchart.