How to create and edit images using Google Slides on your Chromebook

When you think about editing images you most likely assume you need some image editing software. The great thing about technology is you’ll always find workarounds, which work fine. You get the default image editor available on your Chromebook. This is great if you want to resize, rotate or crop your images. If you want to edit images beyond these basic editing options. Then you’ll need to use other software. Before you go spending any money. I’ll show you how you can create and edit images using Google Slides.

Google Slides is available as standard on your Chromebook because anyone with a Google account has access to this software. When you think about Google Slides you may be thinking this is Google’s equivalent to Microsoft PowerPoint. This is absolutely true; Slides is something you’d use to create presentations. That being said, it’s just as capable of creating and editing images on your Chromebook and it’s free to use.

Setting your image dimension in Google Slides

The great thing about Google Slides is it gives you all the necessary options to create and edit images. In this example I’m going to work on the basis you want to make your own image for your Chromebook desktop. The first thing you’d need to ensure is the image covers the whole of your desktop without the image being stretched. You’d also want to ensure the image covers the whole of the desktop and is not a smaller image in the centre of your desktop.

To do this you would need to set the image dimensions for your display. If you’re using a Chromebook or Chromebox, which provides Full HD. Then you can easily set the dimensions for this. Full HD resolution is 1,920 by 1,080. This means there are 1,920 pixels horizontally and 1,080 pixels vertically. Google Slides allows you to change the image dimensions to suit your needs.

How to set image dimensions in Google Slides

Create a new Google Slides presentation. Once you’ve created a new presentation you can set the dimensions for your image. Do this by following the below instructions:

  • Navigate to the File Menu and find the menu option Page Setup.
  • From the Page Setup menu choose ‘Default‘ and in the second drop-down box choose ‘Pixels‘.
  • Then enter 1920 in the first field and 1080 in the second field. It should look similar to the image below. Simply hit the ‘apply’ button to set the image dimensions.
set image dimensions in google slides

You have now set the image dimensions to Full HD.

Inserting images in Google Slides

If you want to add an image or multiple images to your final image you will need to import these images into Google Slides. To do this you’ll need to have the images saved locally or in the cloud using a service like Google Drive.

To insert images in Google Slides:

  • Navigate to the ‘insert‘ menu. From the drop down menu navigate to ‘image‘ and then ‘upload from my computer‘.
  • Select the image or images and then click on the ‘open’ button.

The images will then be showing in Google Slides. You can arrange and resize the images to suit your needs.

Inserting text and shapes

You may want to add some text and other shapes to your image. Doing this in Google Slides is easy. Simply navigate to the insert menu and choose either text or shape.

You’ll find plenty of different options available to you on Google Slides to help you create and edit images. Once you’ve got the image just how you want it you’ll need to save the file as an image. Google Slides is a presentation program, so by default, it saves your file as a presentation. However, you do have the option to save individual slides as images.

Saving a file as an image in Google Slides

When it comes to saving a file as an image in Google Slides you have a few options available. The most common image formats available are JPEG and PNG. Both of these image types are available in Google Slides, so you can choose the image file type to suit your needs. Generally speaking, PNG is much better for saving flat vector style graphics and JPEG is better if saving files of pictures than contain depth.

To save the current slide as an image in Google Slides:

  • Navigate to the File Menu near the top of the screen.
  • Then navigate to ‘Download’.
  • In the Downloads sub-menu you’ll see the option for JPEG image and PNG Image.
  • Click on the image format you’d like to use to save your image.
  • Then simply choose where to save your image.

That’s it. You now know how to create and edit images in Google Slides on your Chromebook. It will not be suitable for all image editing, but there are enough options for the basics. By using Google Slides to edit and create images. Saves you having to find dedicated image editing software on your Chromebook. If you’d like to see how to do this visually. Then take a look at a video I created on my Chrome Computing TV YouTube channel.