How to Add a Drop Shadow to a Picture in Google Slides

While you can format pictures with a program like Photoshop before you add it to a Google Slides presentation, those programs can be difficult to work with, and some of them are rather expensive. But your presentation might require an effect on your image, which can leave you looking for options to achieve the desired effect.

Google Slides has a few ways that you can modify the appearance of your slide images, including the addition of a drop shadow. A drop shadow has long been used as a way to give a picture a “finished” look, and can do a lot to improve an image without any significant editing. Our tutorial below will show you how to add a drop shadow to a picture in Google Slides using the tools available within the application.


Formatting a Google Slides Image With a Drop Shadow

The steps in this article were performed in Google Chrome. However, they will also work in other desktop and laptop Web browsers, such as Microsoft Edge, or Mozilla Firefox. This guide assumes that you have already inserted the picture into the slideshow. If not, you can add a picture to Google Slides by clicking the Insert tab at the top of the window, then selecting the Image option.

Step 1: Go to your Google Drive at and open the presentation containing the picture that you want to format with a drop shadow.


Step 2: Right-click on the picture, then select the Format options button.

format options for google slides picture



Step 3: Check the box to the right of Drop shadow in the column at the right side of the window, then click the arrow to the left of Drop shadow to expand the menu.

how to add a drop shadow to a picture in google slides



Step 4: Adjust the drop shadow settings as needed. Note that there are options for Color, Transparency, Angle, Distance, and Blur Radius.

google slides drop shadow picture options



Did you know that you can add videos to your presentation too? Find out how to embed a YouTube video in one of your slides by following a few short steps.

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