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Add images to your drawing

To insert an image into your drawing, follow these steps:

  1. Click Insert > Image..., or click the Image... button in the toolbar.
  2. In the window that appears, you can choose one of these options:
    • Click Upload and navigate to the image from your hard drive that you'd like to insert. Choose this option for images you have stored on your computer.
      In order to insert an image, it must be:
      • a .PNG, .JPEG or .GIF (no animated GIFs) file
      • Max 5000 pixels in each dimension
      • Max 50MB
    • Click URL and paste the web address of the image you'd like to insert. Choose this option if you already have an image you'd like to add.
    • Click Google Image Search, type a word and click Search images. Once you find a result you like, click the image. Keep in mind that there are specific usage rights that apply. Select only images that you've confirmed you can use legally in your intended context, and make sure you include appropriate attribution if necessary.
  3. Click Select.

You can also drag-and-drop an image into your drawing from your computer into a drawing. Once you drag-and-drop the image, it'll appear in your drawing.

After inserting the image into your drawing, you can add scribbles, shapes, lines, arrows, and text boxes on top of the image.

You can resize the image by dragging one of the resize (white) handles, and the image will expand and contract with your cursor's movement. Images can be resized to scale by holding the Shift key while dragging a corner resize handle. To flip an image, click Format -> Rotate, and select one of the options available.

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