This Layout lesson is a continuation of the previous page. This is because the layout of the photos, captions, and objects is important when designing a professional-looking yearbook.

During the Guides lesson, you learned how to set 2, 3, and 4-column guides. In this lesson, you will learn how to add image-size templates to layouts that will be reused throughout the yearbook.

Create a Layout with Image Size Templates

An image-size template is a SlidesYearbook creation. When creating a yearbook layout template, a placeholder allows us to design the overlook of the yearbook without the distraction of which photos to choose.

Why use image templates and not a shape? Images can be replaced with yearbook photos while shapes cannot. The new yearbook photo will be cropped to same size and shape as the image template.

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The benefit of using image size templates include

  • Use the same layout on multiple pages.
  • Crop images into precise sizes.
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Review Shortcuts

  • Copy = CTRL + c
  • Paste = CTRL v
  • Format options = ALT + letter o\
  • Duplicate = CTRL + move object

Click here to review more Google Slides shortcuts.

Copy/Paste Image-size Template

  1. Open image-size template Slides.
  2. Select the image-size template of your choice. I recommend the blue one-size-fits-all image template.
  3. Use the copy shortcut.
  4. Open your Slides and use the paste shortcut.

Resize Image with Format Options

  1. Select the image.
  2. Click on format options or use the shortcut.
  3. Resize & Position the image as desired.

Remember to check Lock aspect ratio. If unchecked, the photo is cropped.

Directions for Insert Caption Holders

Captions tell stories and are necessary for yearbooks. At this point in yearbook design, we are more concerned with where the captions will go and which fonts will be used than what we will actually write. For this reason, we use Lorem ipsum as a placeholder.

What is Lorem ipsum? According to, lorem ipsum is slightly jumbled Latin that is used as the standard for replacement text in the desktop publishing world.


Once you have finished the template layout, Duplicate that slide and use Replace image to add your personal photos.


  1. The film strip is on the left-hand side of the screen.
    Right-click on the Slide.
  2. This is a two finger tap on the Chromebook touchpad.
    Select Duplicate slide.
  3. Optional - Hold the Shift key to select multiple slides and then Duplicate.

Add, delete & organize slides

Reorder Slides (Pages)

  1. Select Grid view icon in the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Click on the slide.
  3. Drag to the new position.


* Ideally, we will create an add-on that will pair pages together like publisher program. This will allow side by side view of layout spreads.

Layouts for Different Sections

The yearbook class will want to create layouts for different sections. These sections may include

  • Monthly activities
  • Electives
  • Clubs
  • Sports teams
  • Best of/Superlatives
  • Student achievements
  • Collages
  • Purchased pages
  • Individual Student Portraits

This was the Compton 2017-2008 layout.

Individual student portraits

My school has over 600 students and a photographer program for individual portraits. We use the photographer's program to create the Individual Portraits. Those pages are then exported as a PDF and added to the yearbook as a separate file sent to the printer. We can even take that PDF and drop it into Adobe Photoshop to create a transparent background.

If Lifetouch software is not an option, use a SlidesYearbook template such as Quintus or create a portrait layout of your own following the directions below. Use a 4-column grid to help with aligning the portrait templates and name holders.

Directions for Creating a Portrait Layout


Edit Master

The ability to Edit master will create a uniform look from cover to cover.