Creating a yearbook in Google Slides is easier than you think. Before we dive into more advanced graphic design, let's first learn how to create a basic yearbook using a blank canvas.

Change page size

Page Setup (Size)

  1. Click File on the left side.
  2. Scroll down to Page setup.
  3. Anytime you see a triangle, click on it for additional options.
  4. Select Custom.
  5. Change the dimensions to 8.5 x 11 inches.

Change the size of your slides

Using an 8.5 x 11 page size will have a white margin trim. Another option is to use the dimensions 8.75 x 11.25 inches (or the size your printing company recommends). Then use a grid to stay within the 8.5 x 11 margins. The printing company will trim the edges so that the color bleeds. Watch Understanding trim and bleed to learn more.

Background color or image (1)

Change Background color or image


  1. Click on the word Background. If you do not see the option, click outside of a text box.
  2. A background menu now appears.
  3. Select with Color or Image.
Insert Google Drive Image November 2017 Update

Insert Images

Store images in a Shared Google Drive Folder with the students via Google Classroom.

  1. Click on Insert.
  2. Select Image.
  3. Click Google Drive.
  4. Look or Search for the folder.
  5. Click on the photo. Please note that multiple photos can be selected at a time.
  6. Double click Insert.

Insert or delete images or videos

On November 6, 2017, inserting images in Google Apps was updated. While the updated allows users to see the images and the canvas at the same time, the Snapshot option disappeared. According to this tweet, snapshot feature is temporarily gone and a future update will bring it back. Until then, Here are a few options:

Webcam Snapshot

Use Webcam Snapshot Camera by Alice Keeler

  1. Click on the extension in the upper right corner.
  2. Select Take a snapshot.
  3. Select Insert -> Image -> Drive.
  4. Double click on the image to insert snapshot.

Insert or delete images or videos

Mask image into shape

Mask images into shapes

  1. Select the image.
  2. Look for the crop icon and select the arrow next to it.
  3. Select one of the four types of masks and then a mask of your choice.

Mask an image in Google Slides

Insert text box (1)

Insert Text box

  1. Select Insert.
  2. Click on Text box.
  3. The cursor will become a plus sign. Click where you want the text box to begin. Then drag the box out and down. Release when done.

The video on the left introduces SlidesYearbook Basics. It demonstrates how to change the Page size, insert Snapshots and insert Shared with Me images using Google Classroom. The directions are also posted on this page.

* Please note that Google recently updated how to insert images. I plan to make a new video after snapshots returns to Google Apps.


Hidden inside Google Slides are graphic design shortcuts begging to be used.