Graphic design is crucial for any type of publication, whether that publication is posted on the web or printed on paper. Simply inserting a few photos and text boxes on a slide doesn't make a quality presentation, comic book or even yearbook.
One of the best ways to improve your graphic design skills is to replicate professional designs. Learn or review a few more skills before completing the activity at the bottom on the page.
The above photos are examples of graphic design in Google Slides. All three examples were created or modified in Google Slides by Darren Maltais. These lessons are posted on Darren's website and used here with permission. Another incredible graphic designer/educator Ryan O'Donnell. Check out Ryan's template page here.
By now, you have completed the following sections:
Use the skills and tools you learned on those pages plus a few more on this page to 1) use a magazine template and 2) create your own Google Slides template.
You will learn more about using image-size templates in Yearbook Layout. Until then, learn how to Replace an image-size template with these directions.
- Select the image.
- A new menu with Replace image will appear. Click on it.
- Select your choice: Search the web, Drive, Google Photos, By URL, or Camera.
Whichever image you choose will be cropped to this size. If the image needs to be re-centered, double-click on it and use the arrow keys to reposition the photo.
- Select the T icon in the format menu.
- Click on the edge where you want to start typing and then drag to where you want to stop typing.
- Click inside the text box to view the format menu. Then select a new font, change the size, color, alignment, etc.
- Type the content.
- Optional: Use Format options to add a Drop shadow.
Insert Shape and Type Inside It
- Select the shape icon on the menu.
- Click on Shape.
- Select a shape of your choice.
- Click where you want the shape to start and drag the shape where it will stop.
- Click on the shape to change its color. Click inside the shape to format the text.
- Type the content inside the shape.
- Click on the line icon or select the down arrow for more options.
- Optional: Select a line with an arrow, elbow, curve, polyline or scribble.
Straight lines - Hold the shift key as you create the line.
Curved lines - Click at the point of the curve. Double-click to end line.
Graphic Design Practice
The Magazine cover and Film Review graphics are examples of what your students can create in Google Slides. In the following activity, you will create both layouts using the knowledge you gained in the Basics section of SlidesYearbook.
- Replace image
- Recenter image (if necessary)
- Add Background color
- Insert - Text boxes, Lines, Shapes, and Callouts
- Change - Fill color, Font type, Font size, and Font color
- Move objects
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