Creating a yearbook in Google Slides is easier than you think. In fact, you could create a yearbook simply by following the directions on this page; however, I highly recommend that you start with Graphic Design in Google Slides for a more professional look.

Google Slides is a blank canvas. By changing the page size and inserting images and text boxes, we can capture memories for future generations. The price of the yearbook becomes the price to print it.

Page Setup (Size)

  1. Click File on the left side.
  2. Scroll down to Page setup.
  3. Anytime you see a triangle, click on it for additional options.
  4. Select Custom.
  5. Change the dimensions to 8.5 x 11 inches and click Done.

Change the size of your slides

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 add guide lines 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.

Google Slides Camera

  1. Click on the Insert image icon.
  2. Select Camera.
  3. Take photos. The app displays the last 3 photos taken.
  4. Select the photo of your choice and Insert.
  5. Resize as desired.

Border Decorations

When you add a border weight, the border has a rounded edge. This decoration edge can be changed.

  1. Select the image.
  2. Click on Format.
  3. Select Borders & lines.
  4. Select Border decorations.
  5. Click on the edge of your choice.
  6. The Milter join has a straight edge like an old-fashioned photo.

Click on each photo below to compare the edges of three border decoration.

Mask images into shapes

The traditional rectangle shape of an image can be masked into a shape such as a rounded rectangle, oval, cloud, and more.

  1. Select the image.
  2. Look for the crop icon and select the arrow next to it.
  3. Select one of the four types of masks and then a mask of your choice.

Mask an image in Google Slides

Style Guide

A professional-looking yearbook requires consistency. Create a Style Guide with your students.