Enhance presentations with powerful visuals

Simplify processes with a diagram. Summarize concepts with a graph. Engage your audience through videos or animations.

With Google Slides presentations, bring your ideas to life through professional and polished visuals—no software required.

What you’ll need:

G Suite account

15 minutes

Enhance presentations with powerful visuals
1

Add visuals

Images and videos capture and keep your audience’s attention. Graphs summarize complex information easily and quickly. Adding visuals is a quick and easy way to enhance presentations, and they’re built right in Slides.

In this section, you'll learn how to:

1.1

Add images

To add an image to your presentation in Slides, do one of the following options:

  • Drag an image from your desktop into a slide.

  • Click Add image Slides add image or select Insert > Image. Drag your image to the Insert image box or click Choose an image to upload.

Add images
1.2

Add videos

To add a video to a slide:

  1. Click Insert > Video.

  2. On the URL tab, enter the URL of the YouTube video and click Select.


To search for a video to add to a slide:

  1. Click Insert > Video.

  2. On the Video search tab, enter your search terms and click Search Search.

  3. Click the video you want to add and click Select.

Add videos
1.3

Add graphs

To add a bar graph, line graph, pie chart, or any other type of graph to a slide, save it as an image and then select Insert > Image.

To add a graph created in Sheets, just copy and paste it. You can change a graph or chart’s size, dimensions, and colors in Sheets and then copy and paste it again into your presentation.

Add graphs
1.4

Add transitions and animations

Transitions make moving from one slide to the next a little more interesting, by fading or sliding into the next slide. Animations make shapes, images, or text boxes dynamic—they can fade in or out, appear and disappear, or fly in and out with the click of a button.

To add transitions to a slide or presentation:

  1. Select the slide you want to add a transition to.
  2. Select View > Animations.
  3. Click the arrow next to Slide.
  4. Select the type of transition.
  5. (Optional) To apply the transition to the entire presentation, click Apply to all slides.
  6. (Optional) To test the transitions, click Play.
Add transitions and animations

To animate text, images, or shapes in a slide:

  1. Select the object you want to animate and select Insert > Animation, or right-click the selected image, shape, or text box and select Animate.
  2. Select the type of animation.
  3. Select when to start the animation.
  4. Specify an animation speed.
  5. (Optional) To animate other objects on the same slide, select the object and click Add animation.
  6. (Optional) To test the animations, click Play.

Animations are played in the order they appear in the Animations pane. To change the order, drag an animation up or down in the list.

Add transitions and animations
2

Edit visuals

After you add a visual, you might want to make further changes. With Slides, you can edit images without using any software.

In this section, you'll learn how to:

2.1

Crop images

To crop an image in Slides:

  1. Click your image to select it.

  2. Do one of the following options:

    • Click Crop Crop, drag the box where you want it and press Enter.

    • To crop your image into a shape, click the arrow next to Crop Crop and select a shape.

To revert to the original image, select the image and click Reset image Reset image.

Crop images
2.2

Add borders

To add a border to an image, shape, or graph:

  1. Select your object and click Line color Line color.

  2. Choose a color for the border.

  3. (Optional) Click Line weight Line weight to adjust the border thickness.

  4. (Optional) Click Line dash Line dash to change the border type.

To remove a border, click Line color Line color and select Transparent.

Add borders
2.3

Adjust image color

To adjust the color of an image:

  1. Select the image and do one of the following options:

    • Click Image options.
    • Right-click the image and select Image options.
  2. Choose a different color option.

  3. Adjust the transparency, brightness, or contrast.


To undo these changes:

  • To undo the color option, click No Recolor.

  • To undo changes to transparency, brightness, or contrast, click Reset adjustments.

Adjust image color
3

Create diagrams and flowcharts

Diagrams and flowcharts make complex processes in your presentation easier to understand. All you have to do is add, combine, and edit shapes—no diagram software required.

In this section, you'll learn how to:

3.1

Add shapes

To create a diagram or flowchart, you can add and combine different shapes.

To add a shape:

  1. Click the slide where you want to add the diagram or flowchart.

  2. Add any combination of these shapes:

    • To add a shape, click Shape Shape and choose a shape or arrow.

    • To add connecting lines or arrows, click Line Line and choose a line or arrow.

Add shapes
3.2

Edit shapes

Click the shape you want to edit and do one of the following options:

  1. To resize a shape, drag one of the points on the shape.
  2. To change the shape color, click Fill color Fill color.
  3. To change the border color, click Line color Line color.
  4. To change the border width, click Line weight Line weight.
  5. To change the border type, click Line dash Line dash.
Edit shapes
3.3

Insert text

To insert text in a slide:

  1. Click Text box Slides text box and drag a text box on the slide.
  2. Click inside the box and type the text.

To insert text in a shape, double-click inside the shape and type the text.

Insert text
3.4

Example diagrams


  1. Flow charts
  2. Cycles
  3. Processes
Example diagrams

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