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.
- Click File on the left side.
- Scroll down to Page setup.
- Anytime you see a triangle, click on it for additional options.
- Select Custom.
- Change the dimensions to 8.5 x 11 inches.
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.
Store images in a Shared Google Drive Folder with the students via Google Classroom.
- Click on Insert.
- Select Image.
- Click Google Drive.
- Look or Search for the folder.
- Click on the photo. Please note that multiple photos can be selected at a time.
- Double click Insert.
Take photos directly in Google Slides Camera
- Click on the Insert image icon.
- Select Camera.
- Take photos. The app displays the last 3 photos taken.
- Select the photo of your choice and Insert.
- Resize and mask into a shape as desired.
Add new fonts
- Select the textbook.
- Click on Arial.
- Select More fonts.
- Check the font you want to add.
- Click OK.
The font will now be added the font menu in alphabetical order.
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.