21. Guides in Google Drawings

When moving an element in Google Drawings, you will find that faint coloured lines appear to help you centre, equally space and align your elements with other items in the Drawing.

As designers and creators, it is sometimes easier to create your own guides on the canvas but you do not want them to appear when you publish.  This is where guides come in handy!

Add your own guide lines to your Google Drawing from the View menu!

3. /edit

For each GSuite Tool there is a unique URL.  Each URL sends the user to that specific Google Doc, Google Sheet, Google Drawing, Drive Folder etc.


The URL is highlighted at the top of the screen.

It is quite handy – you can paste it into an email, send it through Hangouts, embed it behind an image or a button.

But this URL has the power to do a lot more than redirect someone to your Google Doc!  At the end of the URL, you will see a “/edit.”

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By changing these four letters, you will be able to control permissions and editing rights on an single click:

/copy forces the user to make a copy right away:

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/preview showcases the work as if it was published on the web:

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Now that one URL has just become a whole lot more powerful!

2. Search by Colour

Remember in art class when you were asked to create a collage?  You had to find old magazines and newspapers, scour through them (hoping that the best image wasn’t already cut out) and build a colour scheme/theme for it.  Frustrations always arose when your class was the last period of the day and all the magazines were picked through.

Google Image search allows us to easily create our own collages within Drawings or other applications with the ability to search by colour.

In a normal Google Image search, type in what you are looking for.  Once you have completed the search, you are then able to  click on the “Search tools” button below your search box.

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The “Search tools” button brings up many great search features, including “Colour”.  Now you are able to select the colour that is most dominate in the picture – hello easy collages!   So if you wanted to find a cute puppy for Valentine’s Day, you can search for “puppy” with the colour red like below.

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This is not only a tool for regular image search, but also is available for image search within our favourite GSuite tools, like Google Drawings.

By clicking on the “image” button in the tool bar or through “Insert” then “Image”, select “Search” from the options that appear.  Search your picture then below the search bar you are able to select the most dominate colour you would like in your image.


Now we can all collage happy!