How to Draw on Google Slides

How to Draw on Google Slides

Making your Google Slides presentation more interesting is easy when you add drawings. You can use the Scribble tool right in Google Slides to draw lines or circles for emphasis. If you want to make more detailed drawings, like shapes or illustrations, you can use Google Drawings, which is a part of Google Drive.

Then, you just insert your drawing into Google Slides. There’s also a free tool called Annotate that works with Chrome, letting you write or draw directly on your slides.

This guide will show you how to do all of this on a desktop or laptop, so without waiting further let’s dive in.

Method 1: Using the Scribble Tool in Google Slides

Want to add a personal touch to your Google Slides? Look no further than the scribble tool! It lets you draw freehand directly on your slides, adding a touch of creativity and visual interest in just a few clicks. Let’s explore how to use this handy tool.

1. Open your desired slide:

  • Go to your Google Drive and open your presentation.
  • Select the slide where you want to draw.

2. Access the scribble tool:

  • Go to the top menu bar and click on “Insert.”
  • A dropdown menu will appear. Navigate to “Line” and then choose “Scribble.”

3. Start drawing:

  • Clicking “Scribble” will change your cursor into a crosshair.
  • Click and hold your mouse button on the slide where you want to start drawing.
  • Drag your mouse to create your desired shape or line.
  • As you draw, the line will appear continuously.
go to insert menu and click on line > scribble

4. Customize your drawing (optional):

  • Change line color: Select the drawn line and click the line color icon in the toolbar. Choose your desired color.
  • Adjust line weight and style: Click the line weight and style icon in the toolbar. You can choose different thicknesses and dashed lines.
customize your drawing

5. Finalize your drawing:

  • Once you’re finished drawing, simply release the mouse button.
  • Your drawing will appear as a selected object on the slide. You can now move, resize, or edit it further using the options on the toolbar.

Here are some additional tips for using the scribble tool:

  • You can draw simple shapes like circles and squares by holding down the Shift key while dragging your mouse.
  • You can use the undo and redo buttons in the toolbar to correct any mistakes while drawing.

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Method 2: Using Google Drawing Tools

While the scribble tool is great for quick freehand drawings, Google Slides offers another option for more precise and complex drawings – Google Drawings. Here’s how to use it:

Step 1: Open your Google Drive.

Step 2: Click “New” and then select “More” from the dropdown menu.

Step 3: Choose “Google Drawings.”

open google drive > new > google drawings

Step 4: A new tab will open for Google Drawings. Here, you can use various shapes, lines, and other drawing tools to create your desired image.

Step 5: Once you’re finished with your drawing, give it a name.

Step 6: Go to “File” and then click “Share.”

Step 7: Select “Publish to the web” and click “Publish” to get a link to your drawing.

publish your drawing

Step 8: In your Google Slides presentation, go to “Insert” and then “Image.”

add image by URL in google slides

Step 9: Paste the link to your drawing from Google Drawings and click “Insert.”

image added in google slides

Google Drawings offers more flexibility and control for creating complex drawings. You can edit the drawing further after inserting it into your slide by double-clicking on it and making changes in Google Drawings.

Method 3: Using The Annotate Extension Add-on

Before you begin:


Step 1: Open your Google Slides presentation.

Step 2: Click on the Annotate extension icon in your Chrome toolbar.

Step 3: Select “Turn Annotations On.” This will activate the Annotate toolbar.

enable your annotate toolbar

Step 4: Choose your drawing tool:

  • Pen: Click the pen icon to draw freehand lines in various colors and thicknesses.
  • Highlighter: Click the highlighter icon to highlight existing text or images.
  • Text box: Click the text box icon to add a text box anywhere on the slide and type a message

Step 5: Start drawing! Click and drag your mouse or trackpad to draw directly on the slide.

customize your drawing from annotate toolbar

Step 6: Customize your drawing: Use the toolbar options to:

  • Change the color: Click the color palette icon and choose a color.
  • Adjust the thickness: Use the up and down arrows next to the color palette.
  • Undo/redo: Click the undo and redo arrows.
  • Erase: Click the eraser icon and drag over your drawing to erase it.

Step 7: Move to the next slide: Your drawings will stay on the current slide. Repeat steps 4-6 for each slide you want to draw on.

Step 8: Save your annotations: Click the disk icon and choose “Save to” This allows you to access your drawings later.

save your drawing in annotate toolbar

Step 9: Exit Annotations: When you’re finished, click the “Turn Annotations Off” button in the Annotate toolbar.

Pro Tips:

  • You can use the laser pointer tool to highlight specific areas during presentations.
  • Annotate offers additional features like shapes, images, and screenshots in paid plans.
  • Remember, your drawings are overlays, and don’t permanently modify the original slide content.

By following these steps, you can easily draw on your Google Slides presentations using the Annotate extension for Chrome. Happy annotating!

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Closing Thoughts

There you have it! Drawing on Google Slides is a fun way to spice up your presentations. Whether you’re sketching freehand or creating complex designs, these methods have you covered. So, get drawing and make your slides stand out!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I draw freehand in Google Slides?

You can draw freely on your Google Slides! The easiest way is to plug in a drawing tablet and use it instead of your mouse. Just like drawing on paper, but on your slides!.

2. Does Google have a draw app?

Yes! You can create flowcharts, diagrams, and other online visuals using Google’s drawing apps.

3. How do you draw on Google Slides on iPhone/iPad?

Draw live on iPhone/iPad Slides: Tap “Present,” choose display, then “Draw.” Use your finger to draw, tap “Clear drawing” to erase, swipe to change slides, and tap “Draw” again to exit.

4. How do I delete a drawing in google slides?

Click the drawing and hit Delete, or right-click and choose Delete.

5. Can I edit the drawing after I’ve inserted It into the slide?

Yes, you can. Double-click on the drawing to reopen the drawing canvas. Make the necessary changes and click “Save and Close” to update the drawing on the slide.

6. Can multiple people work on Google Slides at the same time?

Yes, you can have up to 100 people view, edit, or comment on Google Slides at once.

7. Where is the pen tool in Google Slides?

In slideshow mode, hover over the bottom left corner and click the three dots to access “Turn on pen” and draw on your slides.

8. How to draw on Google Slides while presenting

During your presentation, enter slideshow mode and access the three-dot menu in the bottom left corner. Enable “Turn on pen” to draw directly on your slides.

9. Is there a paintbrush tool in Google Slides?

No, Google Slides doesn’t have a dedicated “paintbrush” tool like some design programs. While you can’t directly draw freely, the “Turn on pen” feature in slideshow mode allows you to write or draw annotations on your slides during presentations.

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