How to Insert, Crop or Mask Images in Google Slides

In this new Slidesgo School tutorial, you’ll learn how to insert images or GIFs into your Google Slides presentations. You’ll also find out how to crop or mask pictures so that they better suit your needs. Are you ready to begin?

Adding an Image or GIF

  • Open your presentation in Google Slides.
  • Select the slide where you want to add an image or GIF file.
  • Click Insert → Image. You’ll see a list in which you can choose from where you want to add the image. You can even look for images directly in Google and add them to the presentation.
Options to insert an image in Google Slides
Options to insert an image
  • To add an image from your computer, select Upload from computer. A new window will open, where you must locate the image. Once selected, click Open.
Inserting an image from your computer into a Google Slides presentation
Inserting an image from your computer
  • If you want to add an image from Google Images, select Search the web. A new panel will open on the right side of the screen, where you can search for images. Once the image is selected, click Insert.
Inserting an image from Google Images
Inserting an image from Google Images
  • You can also add images stored in your Google Drive account. To do so, choose Drive, select the image that you need and click Insert to add it to your presentation.
Inserting an image from Google Drive
Inserting an image from Google Drive
  • There are other options:
  1. Photos. Get images from your Google Photos account.
  2. By URL. Enter the URL of any image found on the internet.
  3. Camera. Add a picture from a camera that is connected to your computer.
  • Lastly, you can just drag the image from your computer directly to the slide. Once done, it will be inserted into your presentation.
Dragging an image to a Google Slides presentation
Dragging an image to a Google Slides presentation

Cropping Images

  • Open your presentation in Google Slides.
  • Select the image that you want to crop.
  • Double-click the image or click the Crop button, located on the toolbar. Use the black handles to adjust the cropping. Once you’re done, press Enter or click the Crop button again. You can just click outside the image too.
Cropping an image in Google Slides
Cropping an image
  • If you want to reset the image to its original state, right-click → Reset image, or just click the Reset image button, located on the toolbar.
Reset image option in Google Slides
Reset image option

Masking Images

  • Open your presentation in Google Slides.
  • Select the image you want to mask.
  • Click the drop-down arrow next to the Crop button.
Masking an image in Google Slides
Masking an image
  • Select the shape that you want the mask to have. Once selected, the image will be masked according to this shape. You can further adjust it using the handles.
Mask shapes in Google Slides
Mask shapes
  • If you want to reset the image to its original state, click the Reset image button or right-click → Reset image.
Reset image option in Google Slides
Reset image option