How to Draw on Google Slides

Not everything you want to show in your presentation is as simple as adding an image. Maybe you need to make your own design. You have two ways to draw on Google Slides and we’ll show you both.

Whether it’s something basic like a stick figure or a smiley face or something more complex like an idea for a new product or a logo design, Google Slides offers ways to make it happen.

Draw in Google Slides using Scribble

For a quick way to draw your image, you can draw directly on your slide. Then, use the available tools to format your drawing as desired.

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Open your presentation and select the slide you want to use. Go to Insert in the menu, move your cursor to Line and choose “Doodle” from the context menu. You can also use line, arrow and other tools if you want.

Click Insert, Line, Scribble

You will see your cursor turn into a cross symbol. Use it to draw on the slide.

Draw with Scribble on Google Slides

Format your scribble drawing

After drawing your image, you can use the toolbar to change the thickness, color, or dash of the line. Select the drawing so that you can see the border of the object. Then choose an option from the toolbar.

Modify the drawing

To change the size or position, or add a shadow or reflection, select the image and click “Format Options” in the toolbar.

Select formatting options

When the sidebar opens, expand the option you want to change. For example, you can check the Reflection box and then expand the section to adjust transparency, distance, and size.

Use the Format Options sidebar

Close the sidebar by clicking the X in the top right.

Draw on Google Slides using Google Drawings

Another option is to use Google Drawings to create your image and then insert it into your slide. This is a good way to go if you want to create a detailed drawing.

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As of this writing, Google Slides doesn’t offer the ability to simply insert a drawing. So it takes a few extra steps, and you have several ways to do it.

To create your image, you can go directly to the Google Drawings site. You can also click File > New > Drawing in the Google Slides menu to open Drawings in a new browser tab.

Select File, New, Drawing

Draw your image, use the toolbar to format it however you want, and be sure to give it a name in the top left.

Create and name a Google drawing

You can then use one of two methods to insert the drawing into Google Slides.

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Option 1: Publish and link to drawing

With the first method, you publish the drawing, copy the link, and use the URL to insert the image on your slide. Publishing the drawing makes it publicly available to anyone with the link. One of the advantages is that if you make changes to the drawing and republish it, the drawing is automatically updated wherever it is linked.

On Google Drawings, click File > Publish to Web from the menu.

Select File, Publish to Web

Select the Link tab and optionally choose a size. Click “Publish” and then “OK”.

Select the Link tab

When the link appears, copy it using Ctrl+C on Windows or Command+C on Mac.

Copy the link

Go back to Google Slides and click Insert > Image > By URL from the menu.

Select Insert, Image, By URL

Paste the link into the field using Ctrl+V on Windows or Command+V on Mac. Then click “Insert”.

Paste the URL and insert the drawing

Option 2: Download the drawing and upload it to Google Slides

Another way to insert your Google drawing into Google Slides is to upload the image and then upload it to your slide.

On Google Drawings, click File > Download and choose an image format such as PNG.

Select File, Download

Return to Google Slides and click Insert > Image > Upload from Computer.

Select File, Upload from Computer

Locate the image and click “Download”.

Download picture drawing

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Format the inserted drawing

Once you’ve inserted your design using one of the two methods above, you can adjust the position or size, or add a shadow or highlight as described earlier. Select it and click “Format Options” in the toolbar.

Use the Format Options sidebar

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So if the one you want to use is something you have to create yourself, you can easily draw on Google Slides.

To learn more about images in Google Slides, learn how to add image placeholders to your slides or how to save objects as images.

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