In this video, staff author Jess Stratton shows you how to use Google Drawings to mark up existing photos, and create flow charts using shapes and text boxes.
- [Instructor] Google Drawings are powerful because you can mark up existing photos or diagrams and you can build flowcharts easily. From there, you can insert those drawings into your Google Docs. Let's start by marking up an existing photo. I'll click the blue New button in Google Drive, hover my mouse over More and choose Google Drawings. It's going to open up a blank drawing and the first thing I'll do is give it a title. Click Untitled drawing on the top left hand side of the screen. I'll call this one Social media post.
I'll create a post that I can put on social media. I'm going to start with a photo that I already have. I can click the Image button on the tool bar or Insert from the top menu and choose Image. I can upload an image, add it By URL, add it from Google Drive, but now because of the last video in which we incorporated it with Google Photos, I can also click Your albums and add something right from Google Photos. I'll browse to a folder, choose a photo and click the blue Select button.
Here it is and I can choose to resize it by clicking and dragging on any corner. I'll make it just a bit smaller and I can move it around on the screen. Now I can add some texts to it. In fact, I could add anything to it. I can add a shape by clicking Shape from the icon bar in which I can add shapes like flowchart shapes, arrows, call outs which includes nice banners, even equations. In this case however, I'm going to add a text box so I can add some text.
This is a nice minimalist photo so I'd like to just keep the text plain and simple. I'll click Text Box and now I can click and draw on the screen. Now I can add my text. Once I type my text, I can click and drag to highlight it and use the tool bar icons to change the font in any way. I can change the color of it. I can make it bold faced. I can make it larger. And if it's too large, I can even change the size of my text box.
I can also add another text box directly under it. This way, people can actually see what we're advertising. Once I'm done, all I have to do is close out of the browser tab window and I'm brought back to Google Drive. If I refresh the screen, I can scroll down and here's my social media post. I can tell by the icon that it's a Google Drawing.
Let's create one more. This time, I'm going to make a very quick flowchart. I'll click the blue New button again, hover my mouse over More, select Google Drawings and this time I'm only going to work with shapes. I'm not going to start with an existing photo. I'll choose a shape, anybody who's ever seen my courses know I really like the can icon. It makes very nice flowcharts. So I'll select the shape and click and drag. Once I have my shape, on the tool bar icon I can change the fill color.
With it selected, I can copy it by clicking Control + C on the keyboard if I'm using Windows and Command + C if I'm using a Mac. I can click off of it and then I can hit Control + V to paste or Command + V. I have a copy of it and now I can move it around on the screen. Google Drawings is going to tell me when it's lined up. So if I let go with my mouse, they're going to be nicely lined up in my drawing. I can also add more flowchart diagrams such as arrows or equation signs.
In this case, I'll choose an arrow. I'll click and draw with my mouse to draw the shape of the arrow that I want and here I can tell by the lines that appeared underneath the arrow that it's evenly spaced between the two cans. I can change the fill color of the arrow. I can even change the outline shape. And finally, we can add some text. If I double click inside this can icon, a blinking cursor appears and now I can start typing.
I'll highlight this and just like before, I can bold face it, I can change the text color so it's easier to read and I can make it larger. I can also center it in the can. I can do the same thing with the next one. Now I'm left with a very nice diagram that I can use in all of my Google apps like slides, sheets or Google Docs.
I can even export it as a jpeg or pdf file and I'll show you how to do that in the next video. But for now, let's give this one a name. I'll click Untitled drawing and I'll call it Flowchart. I'll close out of the browser tab and once again, the drawing has been saved into my Google Drive.
- Accessing Google Drive
- Navigating the web interface
- Uploading files via the web
- Converting files to Google Doc format
- Deleting and recovering files
- Purchasing more storage space for your files
- Organizing and searching Google Drive
- Using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
- Creating drawings
- Using Google Docs to collaborate with others
- Using Google Drive on a mobile device