Google Slides is more than a presentation app. We can create comic strips, magazine covers, newsletters, e-books, and yes, even yearbooks, in this versatile Google app.
If you are already familiar with Google Slides, then fill free to skim the page. You might learn something new or be inspired to explore the app even further.
Basic Graphic Design in Google Slides
If you need to learn or review the following skills, please click on the links below:
Change Slide Layout
The menu changes depending on what you select in Google Slides. For example, if you select on the slide itself, the word Layout appears. If you click inside the text box, a text format menu appears.
- Click on Slide (not in a text box).
- Click on Layout.
- Select the layout of your choice.
Change Background Color
Add a bit of color to the Google Slides by changing the white background to a solid color, a gradient color, or an image.
- Click on the background of the slide. A menu with Background, Layout, etc will appear.
- Click on Background.
- Select either Color or Image.
- Notice the multiple options. Select your choice.
- Click the blue Done to change the background for ONE slide. Click Add to theme to change ALL slides.
Add a Bulleted List
Bulleted lists communicate ideas. Google Slides has 6 default bulleted icons.
- Click inside a text box.
- Look for the icon.
If you do not see the option, look for ... to view more options.
Customize Bullet List
Knowing how to customize a bullet list with emojis may not help you create a yearbook BUT it is super fun on presentations and in Google Docs!
- Select the Bullet list icon or use the shortcut CTRL + Shift + 8.
- Type the list.
- Right-click (or 2-finger touch on Chromebook) on the bullet to view the menu.
- Select More bullets.
- Search the Categories or search by drawing an object in the box.
The emojis and characters will look different depending on the device and OS you are using.
There is no need to create complicated diagrams when you and use and customize the built-in grids, Venn diagrams, timelines, and more in Google Slides!
- Select Insert.
- Click on Diagram.
- Choose the type of diagram.
- Select the level, copy and style.
Google Slides provides templates at slides.google.com. Take a look at the templates like Photo Album.
- Select a template's image.
- Click Replace image and select Search the web.
- Search for an image.
- Select the image.
- Click Replace.
Like Docs and Sheets, Google Slides has Add-ons. These Add-ons give more functionality to the app. From experience, I have found most of these add-ons great for teachers but not accessible to students.
Look in the Menu bar for Add-ons. Then select Get add-ons and explore the options. New add-ons are added each month. Eventually, SlidesYearbook will be one of them.
- Select Add-ons on the menu bar.
- Click Get-add-ons.
- Search the store to find an add-on. Click on it and select Free.
- Add-ons include Unsplash (quality photos), the Noun Project, (icons) and Paletti (color templates).
Add-ons that work with our school filter
- AudioPlayer for Slides
- Doc 365 GIFmaker
- Easy Accents - Slides
- Flat - Music Notation
- Grackle - Accessibility Checker
- Insert icons for Slides
- Lucidchart Diagrams
- Magic Rainbow Unicorns
- Noun Project
- Slides Toolbox
Blocked for our students
- Adobe Stock
- Top Stock Photos
Use Explore in Google Slides
Sometimes creativity needs inspiration. This is why the Explore tool comes in handy. When you have minimal text and images, use the Explore option to view suggested layouts.
- Type minimal content and insert up to 2 images.
- Select the Explore icon in the lower right. It should be yellow.
- Scroll through the options to find the layout of your choice.
If the Explore tool is not yellow, read these suggestions from Docs Editor Help.
Copy/Paste Google Slide into a Google Docs
A visual created in Google Slides can easily be copied, pasted and linked into a Google Docs. Why use this feature? Images are powerful! They inspire ideas and help us reflect. The student can illustrate a story in Slides and use those illustrations in a Docs. The best part is when the Slides is updated, the student can select Update from the image in Docs.
- 6 NEW Updates for Google Slides by Teacher's Tech
- September 2017 User Group Meeting by Eric Curtis (Watch 1:08:53-2:01:15)
- Present like a pro: new updates in Slides designed to make you look good by Google
- Shutterstock Images & Shutterstock Editor Integrate with Google Slides for Richer, Simpler Presentations by Disha Harjani
- Presentation Tech: New Google Slides Updates You Need to Know by Stephanie Fulton
- Infographics Templates with Google Slides
Learn to Make Your Own Add-ons
Updated September 24, 2022.