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.
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:
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.