With recent updates in Google Slides, the ability to edit an image in the app is getting better. In addition to cropping, masking images into shapes, and making adjustments such as recolor, transparency, and contrast, we can now add shadows AND reflections in the Format options sidebar.
Crop an image
- Double click on the image or click once and select crop icon.
- Around the border, click and drag the blue squares into the shape you want.
- When you’re done, press Enter on your keyboard or click anywhere else in your file.
Mask an image into a shape
Cropping photos as rectangles is a bit boring. Fortunately, there are more options.
- Click the image you want to mask.
- At the top, next to the Crop icon, click the Down arrow.
- Click the shape you want.
- To adjust your shape, click and drag the colored handles.
Format Options: Recolor
- When you click on the image, the Format options menu appears.
- Click on Format options.
- Select the drop-down menu under Recolor on the sidebar.
- Select a color of your choice.
Format Options: Adjustments
In the same Format options sidebar, you have the ability to manually adjust the transparency, brightness, and contrast of the image.
This website is not meant to be comprehensive because 1) creativity grows and 2) Google updates. In November 2017, Google updated Slides to include Drop shadow and reflection.
Format Options: Shadow & Reflection
- Click on the textbox or image.
- Select Format options (you may have to select more).
- Click the drop-down arrow to view advanced options OR simply check Drop shadow (or Reflection).
Time to learn graphic design!