How to Draw on Google Slides [Create, Insert & Edit]

by Hashir Zuniga

How to Draw on Google Slides

Google Slides is a web-based program that has a number of features to create a good presentation. Besides inserting texts, charts, and videos, you can create freehand drawings to personalize the slides. Unluckily, not many users know how to draw on Google Slides. Do you belong to this group?

If you have never tried this feature, scroll through to see how easy it is to insert your own drawing to the slide. A number of format options are also available to customize your drawings, such as change line color, drop shadow, add reflection, and much more.

How to Create Drawings on Google Slides

Just as with its presentation tool counterparts, Google Slides allows you to insert a number of objects like images, shapes, and lines. Even though it comes with default options, you might want to create your own drawings. Luckily, a freehand tool comes in handy to achieve this goal.

Scribble is a feature that lets you draw lines freely on Google Slides. Simply drag your cursor on the slide and it will create a continuous line as you move. 

Creating a freehand drawing in Google Slide is super easy. If you have an excellent drawing skill, using this tool can be a great way to personalize your slide. Here is a step-by-step instruction to draw on Google Slides.

  • Go to Google Slide and create a new presentation.

Create a new presentation

  • Click Insert, select Line. As an alternative, you can click the drop-down arrow on the Line icon in the menu bar.

Create a new presentation

  • Choose Scribble.

Choose Scribble

  • Click and hold your mouse then move freely on the slide. Release when you are finished.

Click and hold your mouse

  • Your drawings will be inserted to the slide.

This freehand tool is especially designed to draw lines and shapes to your liking. Whether you want to make a unique drawing for the presentation or simply add free lines, this is a great tool to help you out. The best part is that the freehand drawings can be edited to meet your preferences.

How to Edit Drawings on Google Slides

After learning how to draw on Google Slides, it’s time to get to know how to edit your drawings. When your free drawings are done, this web-based program allows you to edit the lines using format options. Do following steps to edit freehand drawings through format options.

  • Right click your drawings, select Format options.

select Format options

  • Choose between four main options. You can resize, rotate, and reposition freehand drawings to make your slide more attractive.

Choose between four main options

Format options come with basic editing features that allow you to change sizes and position, drop shadow, and even drop reflection. Here are the functions of each format option:

1. Size and Rotation

Size and Rotation

This format option lets you resize your drawings by changing its width and height. And if you want to keep its proportion when resizing, it comes with lock aspect ratio feature. You can also rotate and flip the drawings.

2. Position


From this option, you can change the position of drawings either from center or top left. Simply adjust the X and Y by clicking the arrows and your drawings will move to a desired position. As an alternative, click the drawings and hold to move to a desired position.

3. Drop Shadow

Drop Shadow

This menu lets you add shadow to your drawings. Put a tick on the box to the right of Drop Shadow menu and customize the settings. You can adjust shadow transparency, angle, distance, and blur radius. If necessary, change shadow color to your liking.

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4. Reflection


One of the best parts of format options is reflection. By ticking the reflection box, you will add a reflection to your drawings. It not only offers a visual attraction, but also helps cut your time to create a nice effect. However, you cannot adjust the reflection size, color, or angle.

With basic editing features, it is much easier to personalize the slides with your own object. Unleash your creativity with Scribble feature and create the best drawings to draw the audience’s attention. 

How to Insert Objects on Google Slides

How to draw on Google Slides is completely simple. But if you are done with freehand tool, there are a number of default shapes and lines to choose from. These objects allow you to create drawings without working from scratches. If your drawing skills are next to zero, default objects offer a huge help.

The question now lies in how to insert default objects like shapes and lines to the slides? No need to worry about this. You will find a step-by-step instruction to insert objects in Google Slides. Here is how to do it:

  • Go to the slide where you want to add an object.
  • Click Insert, choose Shape if you wish to add shapes, arrows, callouts, and equations. Or, choose Line if you want to insert a single line from default collections.Click Insert, choose Shape
  • Click on a shape or line.
  • Drag your mouse on the slide to add the shape or line.

Drag your mouse on the slide to add the shape or line

  • An object will be added to the slide.

Hold and drag the blue rectangular line of the object to resize. You can also click the object and drag to reposition. Choose a position that will attract your audience’s attention. As with the freehand drawing tool, these objects can be edited using Format options.

How to Add Animation to Your Drawings

Now let’s say that you are finished with your drawings. Whether you use a freehand tool or create from default objects, you can add animations to make your drawings more attractive. This presentation tool comes with animation features that lets you add animation to texts and objects.

Adding animation to objects and freehand drawing comes easy. The following steps will help you out:

  • Go to the slide where you add the object.
  • Right click the object you want to animate, choose Animate.

Choose Animate

  • Adjust motion settings according to your preferences.

Adjust motion settings according to your preferences

  • Under the Object Animations menu, click the default animation to change.

click the default animation to change

  • Add as many animations as you want by clicking the Add animation button.

There are plenty of options to give a life to the objects. Besides adding slide transition, you can add object animations. A large collection of animations are available in this program, like fade in, disappear, fly out, and much more.

There is also an option to adjust the appearance of each object, be it on click, after previous, or with previous. Hit the Play button to preview the animations you have added. As a bonus, it allows you to adjust animation speed from slow to medium to fast.

All in all, Google Slides is a good presentation program that comes packed with plenty of good features. With the ability to draw using a freehand tool, it enables you to customize the object to your liking. How to draw on Google Slides is quite simple especially if you have excellent drawing skills.

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