Image Workshop for Google Slides

image workshop for google slides

Working with Google Slides and want to include a picture? You have choices!
There are several ways to insert images into a Google Slides presentation. You can:

  • search for a picture online
  • upload a picture from your computer
  • take a snapshot with a webcam
  • link to a photo on the Internet using the URL of an image
  • connect to a picture in an existing album
  • insert an image from Google Drive

Start by logging in to Google Drive using Chrome. Open your Google Slides presentation.
Click the Insert menu and choose Image or click Image.
Insert Image

A. Search for a Picture Online

  1. Click Image or from the Insert menu, select Image.
  2. Choose Search the web from the menu.
  3. In the search pane, type a search word. Press ENTER.
  4. Scroll through the pictures until you find one you like.
  5. Click on it and then click Insert.

B. Insert by Uploading a Picture from your Computer

  1. Click Upload from the Insert image box.
  2. Drag an image to the area indicated or click Choose an image to upload to launch a file explorer window. Navigate to the desired file.
  3. Insert pictures in Google Slides

  4. Click Open.

C. Insert by Taking a Picture with a Webcam

  1. Click Take a Snapshot from the Insert image box.
    TIP: Accept the prompts to allow Adobe Flash Player settings and allow access to your camera.
  2. Take a picture.
  3. Click to choose the desired photo and then click Select to add it to the information slide.

D. Insert by Choosing a Picture from the Web

  1. Open another browser tab to search for an image.
  2. Right click an image. Select Copy image URL.
  3. Return to the map tab. Click By URL from the Insert image box.
  4. Right click and choose Paste to add the URL to the path box.
  5. Image Workshop for Google Slides

  6. A preview of the image will appear in the bottom of the window.
  7. Click Select.

E. Insert from Your Albums

  1. Click Your albums. Pictures that you have uploaded to Google+ albums will be visible.
  2. Select an album to choose a picture.
  3. Image Workshop for Google Slides

  4. Click Select.

F. Insert from Google Drive

  1. Click Google Drive. Pictures that you have uploaded to Google drive will be visible.
  2. Select a folder or picture.
  3. Image Workshop

  4. Click Select.

Optional Challenge – Crop a Picture into a Shape

  1. Add a picture to the timeline.
  2. Select the picture. Click the Mask image arrow.
  3. Crop an image into a shape

  4. Pick a category, then select a suitable shape.

Shapes in Google Slides

Looking for a technology project to try out the image workshop skills with Google Slides? Check out TechnoMap and TechnoTimeline. Both projects are also available for Microsoft PowerPoint.


Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.

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