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

Insert Image - Camera

Take photos directly in Google Slides Camera

  1. Click on the Insert image icon.
  2. Select Camera.
  3. Take photos. The app displays the last 3 photos taken.
  4. Select the photo of your choice and Insert.
  5. Resize and mask into a shape as desired.
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 default font for Google Apps is Arial. Use and to discover ideas for your yearbook. Learn more about fonts in the Typography section.

Change font

Add new fonts

  1. Select the textbook.
  2. Click on Arial.
  3. Select More fonts.
  4. Check the font you want to add.
  5. 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.