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How do I prevent the dark overlay on Classroom headers? 4 Recommended Answers 229 Replies 2862 Upvotes
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Hi Awesome Developers!
I appreciate that there is an automatic dark overlay feature to any customized images uploaded for a Google Classroom header. Typically, features such as this add depth and interest to images. 

This, however, is not the case for this automatic feature. It only serves to desaturate the image and render it so dark that it's no longer visually appealing.

Could we adapt this feature so that classroom name and code appear in light colored font on dark images or dark colored font on light images? That would be better than automatically darkening every image.

I know that many teachers would appreciate customizing their classroom, selecting theme and background colors so they could use color and design elements with purpose.

Please improve on this feature. See attached image for more details.
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yeh, thats not immediately helpful.
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I totally agree. Not helpful when we are trying to set up our classes and make it inviting rather than dark and dreary!
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Was this ever resolved? My header is dim too and it looks boring.
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I had hoped my Google search to resolve this would be answered here, but apparently not...
Any news from anyone to get rid of the darkened overlay?
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The dark overlay is annoying!  We should be able to change it like we can in Google Sites.
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dark overlay still there, is there any work around?
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Hello! 
 
Welcome to the Google Classroom Help Community. 
 
Unfortunately, that's not currently possible in Google Classroom. There’s is no workaround to this. This Is not a glitch or an issue to “resolve”. This is how Classroom is designed at this time. 
 
Again, I encourage you.... If you'd like to see this feature changed, please send your feedback directly to the developer team via the '?' button in the lower portion of the classroom screen. They do read all feedback received through that channel and take it into consideration when planning future updates and new features.
 
Laurah Jurca
Certified Google Education Trainer
Certified Google Innovator
GSuite for Education Product Experts Team Member
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Just sent feedback.  It really is awful - not sure what they were thinking - it makes it much worse because of how boring the new background images are - I think even the darkened images are better than those...but not very visually appealing at all - if they are worried about not being able to see the header text - why not enable us to change the font color on the header if needed.
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Has anyone found a way to design something that looks good? Even white is dark gray. :P
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Agreed. I color code each class period's "inbox" in my classroom, and would like to do so for Google Classroom, but the dark overlay prohibits me from doing so. Been trying to figure this out (off and on) for over a year, and it's not fixed. Seems an easy fix for a programmer if Google would devote the resources to it.
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The dark overlay when uploading classroom theme photos is so depressing.  Sharp photos should be able to be uploaded and remain sharp, clear and colorful once placed in the classroom header.  This is clearly a design flaw, which forces teachers to use the provided themes - which are less than desirable ....

Presentation is so important when engaging students, and a dingy header does not allow our classroom pages - which we work so very hard on - to look appealing.

Bad choice Google.  Please fix this.
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Ditto!  I am so disappointed by these terrible themes and Google's dark filter that forces you to use the ugly themes.
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Yup . . . same complaints.
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I just sent my feedback as suggested here, until any changes I learned how to customize my headers with Drawings for nothing right now.  I hope it will change soon.  Thanks!
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The dark overlay stinks. I just spent forever on a custom header and posted it and my white font is gray and blech. The new headers are boring. I preferred the old headers so much more. Please fix this google!
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Sent my feedback as was suggested.  I hope they can make this change ASAP!
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I also came here looking for this solution. All the pre-designed choices are terrible and then when you make your own custom design they make sure to screw that one up too.
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I have the same complaints as everyone else.
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UGH!  I came here to find everyone else has the same issue!  Come on Google, seems like a pretty easy fix!
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Please fix this!!!!!!
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Please fix this!  I usually upload our school's logo and banner, and last year the students loved it!  This year it looks so sad and dark.
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Please fix this! Our custom headers for each class are supposed to create a welcoming and vibrant digital environment for our students, and this is visually unappealing.
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I am having the same problem. Please fix this.
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Yes! This dark header looks awful and I have no interest in using your ugly generic ones. Please, please change this Google! You can do it!
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Yes!  Please fix this!
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I'm just adding my name to the list.  Lighten the theme photo!
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Most likely, the first thing a student notices when they log into their google classroom is the header on the page. Students will invest and be empowered by their own learning when they take ownership- that said, by fulling allowing teachers to customize a header free from the 'dark shadow mode" enables educators to create a more personalized entrance into the door of learning. Google, please fix this design flaw.
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I'm surprised to see that this problem has not been corrected over months of requests.  Hopefully it will be rectified soon!!
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Same!  Please fix this!
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Same issue!
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Couldn't there just be a darkening slider, so people can manually adjust the contrast that they would need for a background image for text to be legible.  I'm having the same issues as everyone else.
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I agree with the posted comments. I made a moving gif header but the colours are very muted. I did use the feedback option to leave a comment. Let's hope it changes soon!
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I sent feedback directly to the developer team via the '?' button and "Included screenshot" The background in the screenshot didn't look faded, had a different font for the class name.

If I made the color darker overall, but had a few highlights, would this work?
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I can't even find a single image that looks good--all turn dark and muted. Please fix!!
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Same issue. Looking for a resolution. Soon.
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Same issue here as well.
Looks like my photo is greyed out. I had picked something cute and cheery and it looks awful.
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My students are complaining about how depressing my nature pictures look. Please fix!
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Agree! Please fix?
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Since no one seems to know what to do on this feed, I posted a question on Twitter. Perhaps @alicekeeler can help? This is very frustrating. @professoraneves
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This doesn't help me now.
And since this question was asked before me, months ago, I can't see any help any time soon.
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I'm in the same boat! It would be great if they found a way to fix it...
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I realize this isn't a bug or glitch. The language of my request (i.e. 'an automatic dark overlay feature') indicates that I realize it isn't a glitch or bug. I have submitted a request to change this and requested everyone who comes to me with a similar concern does as well. Perhaps an update indicating whether the request was received and if they plan to implement a change would be more appropriate than reiterating to submit a request which as already been done.
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Hello Bradley! 
 
My most recent response was directed at the last several responders, who seem to think this is a glitch that hasn't been fixed yet. I realize what your original request was- my previous response (much earlier on this post) was in relation to your original post. 
 
The best way to keep up with new updates when they are announced is to keep an eye on the Google Classroom Blog
 
Laurah Jurca
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Certified Google Innovator
GSuite for Education Product Experts Team Member
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Brad here--

No worries. I'm just trying to indicate that I've used the proper channels. Many teachers are frustrated with this. I agree that most perceive it to be a bug, and not an unintentional consequence of design, but wanted to clarify that I've used the proper channels.
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Laurah Jurca,

It doesn't matter if it's a glitch or not, enough teachers are taking time to express dissatisfaction with this feature. If you truly want the best for Google Classroom, why don't you submit this discussion to the developer team? You have more authority with Google than we do. 

While you are at it, please consider allowing teachers to schedule future assignments for multiple classes at a time. 

Thanks,
Allysa Jones
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Hello Allysa! 
 
Welcome to the Google Classroom Help Community. 
 
I'm not a Google employee- I'm an educator just like you, and I'm simply here volunteering to assist with technical support! The higher volume of requests the developers receive through the proper channels, the higher the likelihood that this feature will be changed- so please submit your requests via the ? button!
 
Laurah Jurca
Certified Google Education Trainer
Certified Google Innovator
GSuite for Education Product Experts Team Member
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I also color code my classes, spent several hours customizing my banners, and looking for a solution to bypass the overly.  I am completely frustrated with the overlay.  Please allow the for the option of an overlay rather than adjusting it automatically.
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Not helpful: I agree with everyone else that the overlay is dreary and even creepy.
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Ditto above. Don't like it.
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Please remove the filter! Even if the background is white, it appears dark gray! Uck!
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Very frustrating! I spent all that time trying to personalize my header and now it's so dark you can't even see the colors on it!
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Hello! 
 
Welcome to the Google Classroom Help Community. 
 
If you'd like to see this feature changed, please send your feedback directly to the developer team via the '?' button in the lower portion of the classroom screen. They do read all feedback received through that channel and take it into consideration when planning future updates and new features.
 
Laurah Jurca
Certified Google Education Trainer
Certified Google Innovator
GSuite for Education Product Experts Team Member
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I HATE this dark overlay. I colour code my classes which saves me so much time but I can't do it for Google classroom because the overlay makes everything dark and dreary.
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Ditto.  I have kids designing the header images for classes and it drowns out their work.
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Same. Hasn't been addressed.
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I've spent a long time designing my header to see it covered by this dark overlay. I was quite surprised to see that this is a quite old issue and it hasn't been addressed yet.
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Same for me. I have designed custom headers in the past and have had no issues. It seems like this should at least be an option that can be selected as opposed to an unchangeable default setting. I hate that I wasted time creating a header that won't display as intended. This seems like a silly issue to leave unaddressed for such a long time. Surely this isn't a difficult fix.
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What a horrible "feature" and the complaints about this go back almost a year. I can't believe it hasn't been addressed. I submitted feedback via the "?" but I feel like if it's been ignored this long they aren't going to change it anytime soon. So frustrating since I spent the time making custom banners for my classes. At the very least they could just undo this.
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Please, change it
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Still not editable?  Why is this?  I hate how my vibrant images are dark and dreary.  If this is Google's intention, then why are the headers that are provided brightly  tinted?  I want to personalize my class header with images that directly relate to the kids and the content that they are learning in my classes.  For example, this header image is of one of my classes.  This image is too dark to transcend how bright these kids really are. 
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I completely agree! I am having the same problem! This can't be hard to fix- can they make a "Post as is" button to stop the dark overlay?
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The same complaint!
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