Creating a cover or title page in Google Docs in a broad sense means inserting an image into the doc and writing something over it. But to make a really good-looking cover page, a few other adjustments need to be made, such as, for example, setting the margin size, creating the borders, and the correct text placing on the doc. That`s what we are about to do.
First, we want to adjust the page margins to get rid of empty space around the cover page we are making. For that, we go “File” on the toolbar on top of the page and then down to “Page setup”
Here, in the menu, in this column (as you can see in the screenshot below), you can see the default size of the page margins, which is 1 inch. For example, we usually do it 0.25 to leave some space on the page. Then we press OK when we finish the page margins adjustments here
NB! Of course, you do what suits you better and what you need according to your particular task.
NB! That was the first step if you need it, of course. This is a demonstration of tools you can use to create a cover page, not a step-by-step tutorial since it`s always absolutely individual.
Creating a Border
Then we create a page border. There is no direct way to create a page border in Google Docs, but a few easy-to-do workarounds exist.
We go to “Insert” on the toolbar on top of the page, then drag the mouse cursor to “Table” and do a basic one cell. Here it is
And now we expand it to the suitable proportions, press-holding on its bottom margin and dragging it down near the page end. Just good!
Then, we`ll make a border a bit thicker to make it look more like a border. So, go to this item on the toolbar on top (you will see it in the screenshot below). This is “Border width”. Press it, and here we select, for example, the last option (the thickest one). Much better!
And you can also change its color. So, go here to this pen icon (you will see it in the screenshot below). This is “Border color”. And select the color you would like to use for your border. For example, we will select a random color
Inserting an Image & Drawing on It
Now we insert an image inside of the border and then write a text on it. That is performed from a drawing workspace.
So, we enter it by going to “Insert” on the toolbar on top and pressing it. Now we drag the pointer to the third line. This is “Drawing”. And we select “New” on the right
That opens a drawing canvas over the document, where we do everything
First, we insert the image by clicking the rightmost icon on the toolbar. Then, you will be offered to get the image from various sources. And we will choose the fastest way now: we just drag the image right here from the computer. Here it is in the drawing workspace
And you can write over the image using the toolbar on top. For that, you create a text box by clicking on this icon on the toolbar (you will see it in the screenshot below). And now, we can draw a figure over the image. Here it is. You type everything you need in here. Then, you may want to format the text just like you normally do in the documents with these tools. Moreover, you can move your text box to where you want it to be. And so on
Once completed, press “Save and Close” in the top right corner. And here is your image inside of the border in the document
Some Final Edits
Now let`s center the image on the page.
So, select the image and use this item on the toolbar on top of the page (you will see it in the screenshot below). This is “Center align”
NB! You can expand the image as much as you want by pulling from its either edge. But don`t forget to leave space to specify the author`s name and the author`s institution, like school, university, or company, for example. Correct the border in accordance with the image size and so on.
We hope this tutorial will help you learn how to make a title page in Google Docs. Good luck!
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