Crop and adjust images in a document or presentation

You can crop, mask, and add borders to images you have added to Google Docs and Slides.

Crop images

To get rid of parts of an image or to emphasize certain parts of an image in your document or presentation, you can crop the image.

Desktop
  1. Open your document or presentation.
  2. Select an image.
  3. Click the crop icon .
  4. Drag and drop the blue handles until the image has been cropped the way you want. A shadow of the original image helps you see how much you are cropping.
  5. Click Enter on your keyboard or click back onto your document or slide to save the cropped image.
See an example
Mobile

At the moment, this feature is only available in presentations.

  1. Open the Slides app to a presentation.
  2. Double-tap an image to pull up the black crop markers.
  3. Drag and drop the blue handles until the image has been cropped the way you want.
  4. If you want to resize or rotate the image while cropping, touch the image once to switch to the black markers. To return to cropping, touch the image again.
  5. In the top left, save the cropped image by touching the checkmark .

Note: At the moment, this feature is only available on desktop and Android devices.

Crop an image to fit a shape

In Google Slides, you can fit an image into a specific shape, also called a mask.

Desktop
  1. Open your presentation.
  2. Select an image.
  3. Click the dropdown arrow next to the crop icon .
  4. Hover over any of the following categories and select a mask:
    1. Shapes
    2. Arrows
    3. Callouts
    4. Equation
  5. Your shape will appear. You can resize it by dragging and dropping the blue handles.
See an example

Source: Hansueli Krapf, Aerial View of the Crop Circle in Diessenhofen, Attribution ShareAlike 3.0

Mobile
  1. In the Slides app, open a presentation.
  2. Double-tap an image.
  3. At the top, touch the mask icon .
  4. Choose between one of the following categories and select a mask:
    • Shapes
    • Arrows
    • Callouts
    • Equation
  5. Your shape will appear. You can continue cropping the image by dragging and dropping the black markers.
  6. In the top left, save the masked image by touching the checkmark .

Note: At the moment, this feature is only available on desktop and Android devices.

Add a border to an image

To make images stand out more, you can add colored borders, even after cropping or masking.

Desktop
  1. Open your document or presentation.
  2. Select an image.
  3. Click the line color icon .
  4. Choose a color or click Custom to create your own.
  5. Your border will be applied. Click off of the image to continue working on the document or slide.
Mobile

At the moment, this feature is only available in presentations.

  1. Open a presentation in the Slides app.
  2. Select an image.
  3. Touch the formatting icon .
  4. In the “Shape” section, choose Line color.
  5. Choose your border color.

Note: At the moment, this feature is only available on desktop and Android devices.

Adjust image color and filters in a document or presentation

If you want to change the color, brightness, transparency, or contrast for one of your images in a document or presentation, you can adjust your image options.

  1. Open a document or presentation.
  2. Select an image.
  3. Click the Format menu or right-click the image.
  4. Choose Image options.
  5. Under "Recolor," you can change the color of your image. Under "Adjustments," you can change the following:
    • Transparency: How much of the slide shows through behind the image
    • Brightness: How bright the image appears on the slide
    • Contrast: How much the image stands out from its background

Any changes you make will be applied as you edit.

Note: At the moment, this feature is only available on desktop.

Reset an edited image

You can reset an image back to its original form after you've cropped, edited, or otherwise changed it in a document or presentation.

  1. Open your document or presentation.
  2. Select an image.
  3. Click the reset image icon .

The edited image will automatically return to the original you added to the file.

Note: At the moment, this feature is only available on desktop.

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