Every day, more and more people are discovering the power of Google Drawings and how to use it to communicate with clients, teach their team and make their workflow easier. Here are ten things you didn’t know about Google Drawings that will help you do all of these things in an effective way. Let’s get started! 10 secrets you didn’t know about Google Drawings
1) Any file can be opened in draw
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Open any file in draw. If you can’t find the file that you want to open, click the New button in the toolbar and select Blank document. Then drag a picture from your computer onto the blank page and edit it using the drawing tools.
2) You can view a drawing as a photo
To view a drawing as a photo, right-click the drawing and select Save Image As. You can also save an image by clicking the camera icon in the upper left corner. This will open a pop-up window that allows you to save the image to your computer or upload it to Google Photos.
3) There’s a ruler tool
Some features are more obvious than others, but there are a few tools that can help make your drawings look a little bit better. The ruler tool is one of them. It’s similar to the measuring tape in Google Docs, but it’s designed specifically for drawing. You can toggle between millimeters and inches by clicking on the icon that looks like a ruler at the top right corner of the screen.
4) Text boxes can be edited
1. You can use the drawing toolbar to create shapes and lines. 2. When you hover over an object, it will turn into a hand and allow you to resize it or drag it around the canvas with your cursor. 3. You can change the size of the pen by clicking on the pencil icon in the toolbar and then selecting a size from the drop-down menu that appears. 4. To undo what you’ve just drawn, click on Undo at the top of the screen 5. To clear your entire canvas, press Ctrl+A 6. You can right-click any object to cut it out or copy it 7. If you want to move an object without having to manually drag it there, select the move tool (the arrow), which is located in the same spot as where cut and copy would be found
5) Page navigation is easy
All of these features make it easy to collaborate on a design and make edits with other people. You can also share your work by exporting the design as an image, PDF or SVG file. If you’re looking for a way to show off your designs, check out the new Google Slides Showcase!
6) Moving elements is easy
You can quickly and easily move shapes around the page by selecting them and dragging them with your mouse. You can also use keyboard shortcuts to move shapes if you prefer. Holding down the Shift key while dragging a shape will constrain its movement to a horizontal, vertical, or 45-degree angle. Holding down the Ctrl key will allow it to only move in 45-degree angles. Holding down the Alt key will allow it to only move horizontally or vertically.
7) See what will be printed before printing
1. You can insert images from the web and make them your drawing’s background by right clicking the image and selecting insert.
2. When you right click on an object, it gives you a number of options to change that object’s appearance or size.
3. If you want to move something, click on it and drag it where ever you want it to go.
8) Print with multiple colors/shapes on one page
1. To make shapes, select the Pen Tool from the toolbar.
2. Click and drag to create a shape on the page, then release the mouse button. 2. To edit a shape after drawing it, use arrow keys to move and resize (or press H for handles).
3. To group shapes together so that they can be edited as one object, select them all and either click Group in the top menu bar or use Control-G on your keyboard.
9) Delete anything easily
Drawing on a computer is not just for the professionals. With Google Drawing, anyone can make drawings and even animations with ease. The best part? You don’t need any drawing skills to get started! Here are 10 secrets we think you should know to take your drawings from average to awesome.
1) Your imagination is the limit – There are no limits when it comes to what you can create in a drawing. 2) Use layers to organize your drawings – Layers let you see different pieces of art at once and work on them individually. 3) Change colors using the fill bucket – Change colors easily by selecting an area of the drawing, clicking on ‘Fill,’ then choosing which color or pattern you want. 4) Save as many versions as you like – Save time by making lots of different versions of one drawing without having to start over each time. 5) Make quick changes to existing drawings – Use ‘Undo’ or ‘Redo’ to move back and forth through all the changes you’ve made. 6) Add text anywhere on your drawing- Go ahead and type anywhere on your screen where there’s space available. 7) Connect lines with a curve – Select two points on a line segment, click on Curve, then choose the kind of curve that suits your fancy.
10) Undo and redo functions are easy to use
Undo and redo functions are easy to use and will save your butt from a big, embarrassing mistake. The undo function is also great for when you’re not quite sure of what you want to do, but have narrowed it down to a few choices. The undo and redo buttons are located in the upper right corner of the toolbar next to the color palette.