The Beauty of Google Draw
The things you need to know and see about Google Draw
Basics of Google Draw
Google drawings is a program that allows you to easily create, share, and edit drawings online. Here are a few specific things you can do:
- Edit drawings online in real time with anyone you choose, and invite others to view your edits in real time.
- Chat with others who are editing your drawing, from within the drawings editor.
- Publish drawings online to the world as images, or download them in standard formats.
- Insert text, shapes, arrows, scribbles, and images from your hard drive or from the Web.
- Lay out drawings precisely with alignment guides, snap to grid, and auto distribution.
- Insert drawings into other Google documents, spreadsheets, or presentations using the web clipboard, then tweak them inline.
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Google Draw Tutorial
To start creating drawings in Google Docs, go to your Docs list, click the red Create button and select Drawing.
Then, use the menu options and the buttons in the toolbar to create flow charts, design diagrams, and other types of drawings.
Once you're done, you can add your drawing to your document, presentation, or spreadsheet.
Click this drop-down menu to cut, copy, paste, duplicate, and change a shape.
Use this menu to insert lines, arrows, scribbles, polylines, text boxes, and images. You can also click the individual buttons in the toolbar to do this. Once you select an option, follow these instructions:
- Line: Click to place one end of the line, and drag to the other end.
- Arrow: Click anywhere to place the end of the arrow, and drag to add the arrowhead.
- Scribble: Click to choose your start point, and drag to create the scribble. It will be automatically smoothed out once you've finished.
- Polyline: Add continuous lines composed of multiple segments by drawing a segment of your polyline, clicking to end the segment and beginning your next segment. Learn more about using polylines.
- Word art: After selecting this option, type your text and press Enter.
- Text box: Click where you'd like to add the text box, enter your text, and press Enter. Your text will be added to your drawing. Use text boxes instead of word art if you'd like to use word wrap or specify a different text size. Learn more about using text in Google drawings.
- Image: Enter a URL of an image or do an image search to find what you're looking for, and click Select. Learn more about adding images to your drawing.
In line, arrow, and scribble modes, you'll keep adding lines until you go back to select mode by clicking the Select button from the toolbar (the small arrow to the left of the Shapes button), or pressing the Esc key.
Click this menu to change the background of your drawing, align and rotate items, select snap to grid or snap to guide, change the order of the items (for example, bring a shape forward), and group items. Learn more about formatting your drawings.
Here are some of the buttons available in the toolbar:
Undo or redo changes
You can undo and redo changes by clicking the two arrows to the left side end of the toolbar.
Zoom in and out
To zoom in and out on your drawings, click the Zoom button in the toolbar.
Select a shape from the Shape menu in the toolbar. Then, click anywhere in Google drawings to insert the shape in the default size, or drag your mouse to change the size of the shape.
Create word art by clicking the Shape menu and selecting Word Art (the letter "T" in the second row of shapes). Then, type your text and press Enter. Learn more about using text in Google drawings.