How To Create A Google Slides Template In 3 Easy Steps

by Jun 26, 2020Creating Printables

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Don’t you just love that word “free”? I know I do! Now anyone who has read this blog will tell you that I think PowerPoint is an amazing tool for creating printables. But it’s not always the affordable choice.

Especially when you have free ones available…like Google Slides.

But creating a template in Google Slides is nothing like PowerPoint. Since PowerPoint is a paid program you can have access to the templates right when you open the program.

With Google Slides you will do it differently. Luckily it is very simple to create a template and will only take you about 5 minutes. It could be more if you are stuck trying to choose the little details.

 With Google Slides you will do it differently. Luckily it is very simple to create a template and will only take you about 5 minutes. It could be more if you are stuck trying to choose the little details.

how to create a google slides template

Before I go on…have you ever thought about using Google Slides to create a printable? It took me quite a while before I realized the potential.

The good news is that if you have a Gmail account then you have access to Google Drive which includes Google Slides, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and a lot more.

Google Drive is an Essential FREE Tool for New Bloggers

I use Google Drive all the time for my blog. From writing the blog posts, tracking information (like keeping a master list of all my posts and URLs), and of course printables.

But the big bonus reason why I always recommend Google Drive is that it is free. That is one less expense to worry about to build a thriving blog and each resource has a lot of potentials.

For this post though, I am only focusing on Google Slides. It’s a great graphic design tool that can be used for so much more than presentations. The possibilities include infographics, checklists, calendars, worksheets, and even mockups.

But to make the most of this tool, a template is needed. A template will allow you to be more efficient and organized with your time.

Templates = Lots Of Time Saved!

I can’t tell you how much time I wasted creating printables without a template. This includes all the other programs I used as well (Canva, PowerPoint, PicMonkey). 

To be a successful blogger you need to be able to manage your time efficiently. This is true for any business in life.

Let me give you a quick preview of what time you save using a template. With one, you do not have to adjust the font, page size,  or colors. Instead, each element is set according to what you want or need.

Don’t waste time redoing each step over and over again when you don’t have to.

Making a Template in Google Slides Is Different than Powerpoint.

Like I said above, with PowerPoint you can create the template. This an awesome feature because when you open a new template you can select the one you want to use right on the new document screen.

Google Slides doesn’t work that way. And part of the reason for that is because it is free. The good news is that making a template is supremely easy. In fact, if you have used Canva, then you most likely have already done something similar.

If you want to know more about Google Slides then click this link for Google’s quick overview of Google Slides and the programs in Google Drive. 

Bonus Tip: Check out Google Docs’ official blog to keep updated on what is happening with Google Drive. This is a great way to learn tips and tricks and get a perspective on how other people are using this tool. Click this link to check out the blog!

5 Reasons I Love Google Slides

  1. I can access my documents anywhere – that includes the almighty cell phone.
  2. It has a lot of features that PowerPoint has.
  3. A very easy and simple program to use.
  4. Upload fonts easily.
  5. You can get Add-Ons to upgrade Google Slides.
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How to Make a Template in Google Slides.

Once you have your page set up the way you like, it will literally take you 3 easy steps to save it as a template. 

Step #1: Title Your Template

Keep it simple and easy for you to figure out that it is a template. To change the name you will go to the top left corner of your Google Slides and click the text Untitled presentation. Then insert your template title and hit enter. 

Some examples to choose from are:

  • Blog Printables Template
  • Blog Brand Template
  • General Template (8.5 X 11)
  • 8.5 X 11 Template

I recommend creating a generic template that you can then use to create all your other templates. 

For example, your basic template is called General Template, and then your specific printable one is called Checklist Template. 

Step #2: Save to a Template Folder.

Keep the templates you created in a separate folder. This is to avoid you from accidentally using your template as a normal file you are working on. 

To do this you will need to click the Move icon located right next to your presentation title. The icon looks like a folder with a right-pointing arrow in the center.

Then click the new folder icon at the bottom left and name your new folder Templates. Click the checkmark to create the new folder and then select the Move Here button.

Step 3: Opening Your Template Folder.

This is the tricky part that you will have to work to remember, but it’s not like PowerPoint where you can just open the template and it will have a new presentation for you every time. Instead, you will go to the Templates folder you created, find the template you want to use, and right-click that template.

Next select Make a copy. This will allow you to always have a blank template ready for your next project.

It is important to note that if you do any edit in the original template document you created, it will be there the next time you open it. 

And That’s It. Easy As 1-2-3!

Isn’t that a nifty shortcut.  I personally love it. I didn’t really like to work with Google Slides (once I knew about creating a template in PowerPoint) because it was such a hassle to always have to set up my document.

But by learning how to create a template, Google Slides is a lot easier to use.

By the way…you can use this set up for all the Google Suite apps. Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Forms are the other free Google programs that I like to use and create templates. 

There are some differences in the setup but in general, you can make templates for each program.

3 Elements Every Template Should Have.

There are certain aspects of your template that will be consistent no matter what you are creating. This includes a standard page format that your audience can use, your font of choice, and your brand colors.

By having these set up in your template, you are saving yourself a lot of time and are able to keep a consistent look. A consistent look is a simple branding tool to automatically have your audience recognize your blog.

Take a quick moment and think about the blogs that you know based on their color choice or their font.

That is your goal. You want to reach that same level of branding.

Page Format

When you first open a new Google Slides it will be in the standard presentation format. But that is not the one used for typical printables.

Remember that your audience will most likely be printing their printable on the standard 8.5” X 11”. So try to keep your designs in that page format. 

You can change the slide format with these 3 steps:

  1. Click File.
  2. Then select Page Setup.
  3. Choose custom and input the page size.

That’s it. As you can see they make it really easy. At least compared to PowerPoint where it took me searching Google for the answer.

Theme Color

If there is only one task you do to customize your template, then adding your brand colors is the one you should do.

Using your brand colors is a simple way to have consistency between your blog and your printables. Your audience will be able to link the two together.

Doing is important for the fact that you’ll save yourself a boatload of time. I can’t express how annoying it was to constantly have to grab my hex colors and add them every time I created a printable. 

If nothing else, create a template to save yourself this hassle.

Changing the theme colors can be done in 4 easy steps:

  1. Click the Slide tab in the top menu.
  2. Select Edit master.
  3. Click the Colors icon in the toolbar.
  4. The Theme Colors view pane will open on the right and you can add your choice of colors in the dropdown menu.

And voila! You now have your brand colors uploaded to Google Slides!

Fonts

As crazy as it sounds, choosing a font you will like is no easy task. Even for something as similar as a basic paragraph text. 

Or maybe it is for some of you and I am just the weird one. That is a very likely scenario.

For your template text, it is best to stick with either a Serif or Sans Serif font. I personally love to use Sans Serif fonts like Montserrat or Poppins.

Something about those straight edges just makes me happy inside.

The other reason is that I think Sans Serif fonts are a lot easier to read, especially if you have text in a paragraph. In the end, it all depends on your personal preference.

A good rule of thumb when being creative is to try to not use fonts that are very common like Arial or Times New Roman. Choose something that is a little different than most.

I know it might seem silly but even the most basic of fonts have differences that set each other apart from other fonts.

Other fonts to avoid for your template include any decorative or script fonts. I recommend waiting to add those in for when you are creating your printable.

You can change the font in 6 easy steps:

  1. Click the Slide tab on the top menu.
  2. Select Edit Master.
  3. Then click the slide that is labeled Master in the left pane. 
  4. Select the title text box and change the font choice. 
  5. Then do the same thing for the body text box. Make sure you select the box as a whole and not an individual level. 
  6. Click the close icon (“x”) at the top right corner of the master slide screen.

Printable Tip: Use a bolder font for title text and a normal font for body text.

Are You Excited to Use Google Slides Now?

It has a lot of amazing features that you can use to create your digital products or even presentation (lol). They make it so easy to use and the best part is that you can get access to it anywhere. On your phone, tablet, or desktop! 

Want to know more about what Google Slides has to offer? Then click this pretty blue link to find out about the 6 Google Slides Tools for Creating Printables!

Before You Head Out, I Would Love to Hear from You.

Did this help you figure out how to create a template? Are you excited to not have to do the entire set-up process ever again? I know I was! Tell me about it in the comments below!

Happy Days – 

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