How to Insert Google Drawing into Slides

Key Points

To insert Google Drawing into Google Slides, you can either publish the Google Drawing and link to it in Slides, or download the drawing and upload it into Slides:

 

To insert the Drawing by publishing and linking:

  1. In Google Drawings, go to File > Publish to the web.
  2. Copy the published drawing link.
  3. Open Google Slides and go to Insert > Image > By URL.

 

To insert Google Drawing by downloading and uploading:

  1. In Google Drawings, go to File > Download.
  2. Then, open Google Slides and select Insert > Image > Upload from computer.
  3. Find the downloaded drawing image and click on Upload.

If you want to add a little personality to your Google Slides presentation, you can insert a Google Drawing. Google Drawings is a program that lets you create and edit simple drawings, and you can insert them into your Slides document just like any other image.

In this quick guide, you’ll learn how to insert Google Drawing into Google Slides, whether it’s a simple shape or a more complex drawing like a new product idea or logo design.

How to insert Google Drawing into Slides

Google Slides doesn't have a built-in option to insert Google Drawing. This is because there’s no direct access from Google Drive to insert drawings into Google Slides.

But there are two workaround ways you can use to insert drawing in Slides. If you haven’t used the Google Drawings app, you can install it from the Google Apps web store.

Follow the step-by-step guide below to do it.

The first method is to publish the Google Drawing and then insert a link to it in Slides.

  1. Open Google Drawings and choose the drawing you want to insert in Slides. Alternatively, in the Google Slides menu, click File > New > Drawing to open Google Drawings in a new browser tab.
  2. Click on ‘File’ > select ‘Publish to the web’.

Go to 'File' > 'Publish to the web'

  1. In the new window, click on the ‘Publish’ button and click on ‘OK’ in the dialog box.

click on the 'Publish' button

  1. After that, a link will display. Copy the link by pressing Ctrl + C on Windows or Command + C on Mac.

Copy the link

  1. Then, go to the Google Slides file and select the slide where you want to insert the Google Drawing.
  2. Click on ‘Insert’ in the menu > ‘Image’ > ‘By URL’.

Click on ‘Insert’ in the menu > ‘Image’ > ‘By URL’.

  1. In the new window, paste the copied Google Drawings link into the field.
  2. When the drawing loads, click on ‘Insert’.

insert the link

  1. The Google Drawing will be immediately inserted into Slides.

Google Drawings inserted into Google Slide

You can also resize the drawing image in Slides. However, if you edit the image in Google Drawings, the changes won’t be applied in Google Slides. To change the image, you would have to edit the image in Google Drawings and then copy the link with the steps above.

You might also like to explore how to rotate text in Google Slides.

Method 2: Download the Google Drawing and upload it to Google Slides

The other method is to download the Google Drawing and upload it to Slides.

  1. Open Google Drawings and choose the drawing you want to insert in Slides. Alternatively, open Google Slides, and click File > New > Drawing to open Drawings in a new browser tab.
  2. To download the drawing, click on ‘File’ > ‘Download’ and choose PNG as the image format.

click on ‘File’ > ‘Download’ and select PNG image

  1. Now, go to Google Slides, select the slide and select ‘Insert’ > ‘Image’ > ‘Upload from computer’.

Select ‘Insert’ > ‘Image’ > ‘Upload from computer’

  1. Find the downloaded drawing image and click on ‘Upload’ or ‘Open’.
  2. The image will display on Google Slides.

After inserting the drawing image using the methods above, you can right-click on it and select ‘Format Options’ from the pop-up menu. When the Format options panel appears on the left, click on the options to adjust the size & rotation, position, add shadow and reflection or change the image’s color.

Format Options

An alternative way you can insert drawing into Slides

Apart from the above-mentioned, you can also insert a drawing in Slides using the ‘Scribble’ option directly in your slide.

  1. Open your Google Slides presentation and select the slide you want to use.
  2. Next, click on ‘Insert’ in the menu and select ‘Line’.
  3. In the pop-up menu, choose ‘Scribble’ in the pop-out menu.

Click on 'Insert’ > ‘Line’ > ‘Scribble’

  1. When you see the cursor transform into a crosshair symbol, move your cursor to create your drawing.
  2. Additionally, you can use some of the other pre-made shapes in ‘Line’ such as line, arrow, connector, curve, etc.

You can use the same ‘Format Options’ to customize your drawing.

If you are interested in learning more about Google Slides, check out how to wrap text in Google Slides.