In short, drawing in Google Docs lets you create inside-document images with text boxes, shapes, lines, word art, upload and draw over uploaded images, and arrange their layout. This is just great if you need to graphically explain something, taking you just 5 minutes due to a tool's simplicity.
Create or open the document in Google Docs. In your document, put a cursor where you require to create the drawing
Click Insert, put your mouse on Drawing, and choose + New
The new workspace will appear right away, and this is your creative area. Here you can choose a particular type of drawing that you want. Select the type of drawing you are going to create in the Actions menu. Select Word art
Now you see a text field, where you type whatever you want. Use Shift + Enter to add more lines. When you are ready, click Enter to finish
NB! You can always change the text by double-clicking on it after. Now you can press-hold on it and drag it where you want it to be.
To scale it up, you press on either of the squares and move them till you reach the suitable position, and use this circle on top to rotate it.
So, when you select the item, the toolbar is updated with your regular text formatting features.
How to Customize Your Word Art?
Let us customize our sample a little.
The text color, text border color, border weight or thickness, and border dash.
Now the font. And if you scroll down, there are literally just a few fonts, so you press More fonts, and here you have what Google has to offer, which is hundreds.
We choose any random font (in our case, Caveat), press OK, and you see it’s instantly applied. And after that come the bold and italic formattings.
Here you have Undo and Redo buttons, and then Zoom options, where you select a better view, Show ruler button and Show guides button to make the drawing more accurate and organized, snap options, and the Full-screenmode, turning off the toolbar.
The mouse button to return to the selection mode
The line insertion function. Here you can choose from the drop-down list of available items (lines, arrows, etc.). Your pointer turns into such a cross, you press-hold on the chosen starting position and drag to where you want your line to end. By the way, you can always change it by selecting it and then dragging either ends to where you want them to be. Or you can delete it and create a new one.
Then you can change Line color, Line weight, Line dash, Line start, Line end. You can apply customization to any form (Line, Arrow, etc.). We show this on the example of a line
How to Create and Customize a Shape?
Here below, you can see the button with a drop-down list to select the shape from.
If you want to create a new shape, it will be put over the first figure (if you move it towards the previous drawing)
If you want to change that, select the item, right-mouse click, go to Order, and press either of the options (Send backward or Send to back). Now it’s under the first shape, but it also works in the opposite direction, which is Order and Bring to front
How to Create and Customize a Text Box?
Then it’s a common text box creation button. Press it, click on the start point, drag to where you want it to end, and you’ll get a transparent form for text input.
Very similar to the shape creation, you can fill this form with color, create and color the border, its weight, and its dash. Then it’s a font selection, its size adjusting.
Pressing on the three dots additional menu, you will open additional options. Common formatting functions (bold, italic, and underline), and then there’s a text color and highlight color. Align options and spacing options. Moreover, you can create lists and adjust the indent
You can move the figure, rotate it, but you cannot change its size by default, as it is bound to text size. But you can press the button on the left to the text box and unlock that feature by pressing Do not autofit and do whatever you want with its size.
Then with a right-mouse click, you can change its order on the page among other elements, rotate, and center it.
How to Insert an Image?
Image insertion is performed by pressing a special icon. And then upload the image you want to appear in the document via just dragging it here from a computer or locating it manually. You can click Choose an image to upload or other options
Now press Save and close, and the drawing is put where your mouse cursor was at the last time. You can see that it’s acting like an image. So, you can adjust its size, select text wrapping, change its location and get back to editing it by pressing Edit.
Great! So, our team sincerely hopes that you will find this tutorial helpful. Start practicing and learn Google Docsfurther. Good luck!
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