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Designing Children's Book Interiors in Google Slides

teacher avatar Rebecca Livermore, Microsoft Office for Creatives

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Lessons in This Class

19 Lessons (1h 11m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. The Use of Color

    • 3. Bleed

    • 4. Page Size and Length

    • 5. Setting Up Pages in Google Slides

    • 6. Setting Up Margins in Google Slides

    • 7. Setting Up Master Slides in Google Slides

    • 8. Finding Illustrations for Your Children's Books

    • 9. Tips for Organizing Images

    • 10. Adding a Background Image

    • 11. Setting Up Images

    • 12. Custom Image Demo Part 1

    • 13. Custom Image Demo Part 2

    • 14. Creating 2-Page Spreads

    • 15. Gradient Backgrounds

    • 16. Whimsical Borders

    • 17. Saving Your Book as a PDF

    • 18. Kids Book Creator

    • 19. Your Project

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About This Class

I have a question for you.

Have you dreamed about creating children's picture books but have been put off by the high cost of illustrating the books?

Are you intimidated by expensive and complicated graphic and book designing software?

If so, I have great news for you! In this course I'm going to show you how to create awesome illustrations for your children's books using nothing but stock images and Google Slides

Among other things you'll learn:

  • How to set up custom page sizes in Google Slides
  • What bleed is and how to use it in your children's books
  • How and when to use margins - even if you're creating a book with bleed
  • How to plan out your children's book
  • How to use Google Slides Master Slides to create page templates
  • Where to find the best images for your children's book
  • How to take stock images and turn them into custom illustrations in Google Slides
  • How to create whimsical and colorful background pages for text
  • The best way to create two-page spreads
  • And of course, so much more

By the end of this course, you'll have all the tools and information you need to create unique illustrations for your children's book, even if you have no artistic ability and don't have the budget to hire an illustrator.

So what are you waiting for? Why not dive in to this training and learn all of my tips and tricks for designing children's book interiors in Google Slides?

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Rebecca Livermore

Microsoft Office for Creatives


Hi, I'm Rebecca Livermore, also known as The Office Creative. I'm a bestselling author, blogger, and the owner of Professional Content Creation. I've been a freelance writer since 1993 and have served as a content manager for top bloggers such as Michael Hyatt, Amy Porterfield, and Marcus Sheridan.

I've always loved PowerPoint, but it wasn't until a couple of years ago that I began to discover the many ways to use PowerPoint to create content. I use it for everything from blog and social media images, lead magnets, low content books, printables, videos, digital planners, and more. The more I use PowerPoint, the more amazed I am by the many types of content you can create with this one powerful tool.

I'm constantly learning new ways to use PowerPoint and other Micro... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hello and welcome to designing Children's picture book interiors in Google Slides. I'm Rebecca Livermore, and I'm a full time author, blogger, online teacher and Google Drive user. I have a question for you. Have you dreamed about creating Children's picture books but have been put off by the high cost of illustrating the books? Are you intimidated by expensive and complicated graphic and book designing software? If so, I have great news for you. In this course, I'm going to show you how to create awesome illustrations for your Children's books using nothing but stock images and Google slides. By the end of this course, you'll have all the tools and information you need to create unique illustrations for your Children's books, even if you have no artistic ability and don't have the budget tire and illustrator. So what are we waiting for? Let's go ahead and die, Van 2. The Use of Color: in my earlier training on creating low content books in Power Point, I made the case for using grayscale in your low content book interiors. The reason for that is simple. Color interiors are expensive. In spite of that, there are times when creating color interiors make sense. This is especially true when it comes to Children's books and photo books. The good news is the page count in those books tends to be less, which keeps the cost affordable. Now let's take a look at what bleed is and how to set up your book pages to include Room for Bleed. 3. Bleed: full color books such as Children's books often have bleed. Bleed simply means that the content, such as images, go all the way to the edge of the page. Here's an example of the difference between bleed versus no bleed. The image on the left has bleed, and as you can see, the image goes all the way to the edge of the page. The image on the right has no bleed, and you can see that there is a nice margin that goes around the image. Now, if your book has bleed, you'll need to add 0.125 inches or three millimeters to the page width and 0.25 inches or six millimeters to the page height. For example, if you decided that you want the trim size of your book to be 7.5 inches by 7.5 inches and you want the image on your book to go all the way to the edge, you will set the page size to 7.625 inches by 7.75 inches, or 19.3675 by 19.685 centimeters. 4. Page Size and Length: Now let's get into the common page sizes and length of Children's picture books. Common page sizes are 7.5 inches by 7.5 inches, seven inches by 10 inches and 10 inches by eight inches. Now remember. If you're creating books with bleed, you'll need to add 0.125 inches or three millimeters to the page, wet and 0.25 inches or six millimeters to the page. Height for a demo purposes. The Children's book that all work on during this class will be 7.5 inches by 7.5 inches, and it will include Bleed, so all create pages that are 7.625 inches by 7.75 inches. Now it's important to note that while books for adults and older Children are varied in length, picture books are traditionally 32 pages long. Since there are set number of pages in a Children's picture book, it's especially helpful to create a storyboard for the book. Now a storyboard is simply a plan for your book that lays out what you're going to include on each page. Storyboards typically combined the text. You're going to include in the book as well. A sketches or images or ideas about the images that you'll use. Think of it as an outline for your book that includes illustrations or ideas for the illustrations. You can create your storyboard multiple ways. I often use a table in Microsoft Word, but you can also go old school and use note cards with one note card for each page in the book. Since the book will have 32 pages, you'd need 32 note cards. Power Point also works as a storyboard tool. If you use Power Point as your storyboard, you'll need 32 slides for your story board. The handy thing about using Power Point as your storyboard is that you can first create the storyboard in Power Point and then create your book on the same slides. By the way, when creating the storyboard for your Children's picture book, keep in mind that two pages often fit together to make a complete picture. For example, you may have a single illustration that covers both the left and the right hand page, so that when the book is open, you see one larger image. If this is a little confusing for you. Don't worry. Later, in this course, I'll show you how to make two page spreads. For now, let's just get into how to set up your pages. 5. Setting Up Pages in Google Slides: OK, now let's get into how to set up your custom page sizes and Google slides. You'll go to file and then from file click on page set up. Now you'll notice there's the drop down menu here, where the default is widescreen 16 9 You're going to click on custom and for the demo purposes. For this course, I'm gonna create a seven point five inch by 7.5 inch book Now. The thing to keep in mind, however, is that I'm going to create with Bleed. So remember that we need to add to the page size to account for Bleed. So we're going to make this 7.625 inches for the wit and 7.75 inches for the height and click on apply. And now you'll see that we have a square slide. Ah, and this will be perfectly sized page for our Children's book with Bleed 6. Setting Up Margins in Google Slides: Now let's get it to setting up margins for your Children's book in Google Slides. If you're creating a book with Bleed, you don't have margins in the traditional sense in that you won't have white space around the elements in your book. However, it's still helpful to use margin markers when you're designing your book so that you're sure to keep all of the important elements of your book in an area that won't be cut off. Okay, so here's how to create margin marketers in Google Slides. You'll start by going to the little shape icon here and picking a rectangle. Now what you want to do is you basically want half inch margins. Or at least that's what I'm going to work with here, and you'll notice that there's a ruler up here at the top of the page, and there's the one inch there, so the half inch is right there, so I'm going over to the half inch area and dragging down the shape. And then I'm going to click on Control D and duplicating that shape and putting it over to the right, and then I'm going to do control the again and this time I'm gonna use this little handle thing and turn it to where it is horizontal instead of vertical. And then I'm just gonna bring it up to the page there, up to the top, and then I'll do control the again to duplicate it and bring it all the way down to the bottom so you can see it sticks over to the side a little bit. That's fine, because that's off the slide. It doesn't really matter. The main thing is that I've created space margins where I would be careful not to include any design elements, such as any artwork or any words, and he text anything that really matters. I want to keep it in side of these margins. And by the way, you would delete thes margin markers before you would actually publish the book. These air just guidelines to help you make sure that you don't put anything important outside of this area here that you've marked off 7. Setting Up Master Slides in Google Slides: using the master slide option in Google slides can help you set up page templates that you'll want to use multiple times in your book. This saves time and helped you to maintain consistency in your format. For example, let's say that you're creating a Children's alphabet book. The format of the pages for each letter of the alphabet will be the same, so having a template in the form of masters lights makes it easy to maintain consistency. In addition to that, if you make changes on the master slides, those changes are automatically made on the individual slides. For example, earlier in this training, I talked about margins. Margins help you keep all of your content with inappropriate confines, which is great, but you don't want to publish the book with those visible margin shapes. If you have a lot of margins to delete, that can take time. However, if you added the margin markers to your master slides and then delete them from the master slides, they will be automatically deleted from the rest of the slides that you created. Using the master slides this wall make more sense to you as all demonstrate just that I'll show you how to set up master slides and then demonstrate how making changes on the master slides impacts the rest of the slides. Okay, so we're now looking at a presentation that I started where I already added some margins to a slide. Now, in this case, I did not use a master slight for this. This was just a regular slide. So I'm gonna show you how to do it in a master slide and then demonstrate the impact of using the master slides. What world do is We'll click on the slide tab and then go down to edit Master. You scroll down to whatever layout that you want to edit, and in this case, I'm going to edit the blank slide, and I'm going to add margins on it, and I'll just kind of speed through this section. Since I've already shown you how to do this, you have the option to rename your master side layout. So I'm going to call this blank with margins and I'm going to click on OK, all right, now we'll go back to the slide presentation and I'll show you how to use this master slide that I just created to use the master slide from the drop down menu here, you can see that it says New slide with layout. We're going to scroll down and use the master slide that we created Blank with margins. Okay? And I'm going to duplicate that slide a few times. I'm just doing control de to duplicate. All right now, let's say I had finished creating my book and I wanted to get rid of the margins. I would go back into slide and edit master, and then we'll go down to the blank slide that I had added the margins to, and we're going to delete the's margin markers. Now. We'll go back to our presentation as you can see, this first slide that I did not create with slide Master, but that I put the margins on the slide without slide master. It still has the margin markers on it, but you can see that all of the other slides that I had created using the slide master no longer have the margin markers because I deleted them from the slide master. So there are huge advantages to using theme master slides, and that is that you can maintain consistency. And also, if you make a change on your master slight, it automatically makes changes on all of the slides that you used the master slide on. 8. Finding Illustrations for Your Children's Books: Now let's talk about finding illustrations for your Children's books. There are a couple of ways to go about finding illustrations for your Children's picture books First. If you're a talented artist, you condone. Draw the illustrations yourself. Now I only recommend this option. If you have a true talent for this, I don't recommend drawing your own illustrations. If you're in okay, artist, because you don't want your book toe look amateurish. The second option is that you can hire a professional. The problem with this is that hiring someone to create custom illustrations for you can be expensive. Because of that, I'm going to show you where to find illustrations for your Children's book and then how to make your illustrations unique. First, you can get free images, including illustrations from free image sites such as picks Obey. When you go to pick sabei dot com, you'll see that in the search bar, there's a drop down menu where you can select the file type. You want to select either vector or illustrations. Here's an example of what I get when I do a search for beach sane in Vector. Here's an example of what I get when I do a search for beach scene and illustrations. Now let's talk about licensing on picks. Obey as you'll see to the right under pics of a license. It says Free for commercial views, no attribution required. This means that you can use the image for commercial use, which means you can use it in items you sell. No attribution required means that you don't have to list credits such as the name of the Illustrator. You can also quick on the pics of a licence link and see the terms in greater detail. Now. The challenge with these free image sites is that people who upload the images are the ones saying that they own the rights and are giving permission to use them. The problem is that it's possible for people toe upload images that they don't have the rights to, and you could inadvertently use images that are technically not free to use. If you do so, that can land you in legal trouble. Because of that, I recommend using a paid image site such as deposit photos. Now here's how I find illustrations that I like to use in deposit photos in the same way as you could do on picks obey. You can search for both vector images and illustrations. I'm going to do a search for vector images that are beach scenes. You can see a but the top that there are several other options that can help you narrow your search. I'm looking for a background image, so all select beach background. Now we'll scroll through and find one that I like. You know, I think I like this one. Now that I've quit done it, you can see that it shows me similar images, images from the same Siri's and so on. This is great because it makes it easy to find several images that work well together. This is even more striking when it comes to things like characters or other elements that will want to add to my background image. Let me show you an example. I'm going to type in beach Children. You can see that when I quick on similar images, it brings up several images that may also work well for me. I can also quick on same Siri's and find more images that may be a good fit. Finally, if I don't find what I'm looking for or need additional images. I can go back to similar images and then click on Seymour. As you can see, that brings up a huge number of illustrations for me to choose from. In addition to the potential licensing issue with free sites like Pics of A, you can also see that a paid sites such as deposit photos offers you a lot more variety. Now, in the grand scheme of things, I feel that paying for images is relatively inexpensive and this far less expensive than hiring someone to create custom images for you. Because of that, if your budget permits, I recommend going with a paid image site for your books. 9. Tips for Organizing Images: The problem with stock images, especially free ones, is that you see the images everywhere. The great news is that it's easy to take a variety of stock images and put them together in a way that is unique. The way you put them together not only makes the illustrations in your book unique the illustrations you create help tell your story. I'm going to demonstrate how to take a stock illustration and make it unique. But before I do, I want to give you a couple of tips. First, I recommend collecting several images and having them available to play with when you're working on your book. I decided that I wanted to create a beach scene. So for demo purposes, I went on pics of a dot com and gathered the following images. You can see by looking at my folder of images that I've collected several images that would work well on a beach scene. If you're using a paid image sites such as deposit photos, you can right quick and save the image to your computer without actually purchasing the image. These images will have a watermark on them, so you'll need to purchase any of the images, you decide to use the reason to first save them without purchasing them. It's so that you can play with them and determine if they'll work for you before you buy them. I recommend keeping a list of the You are else for all of the paid images that you are collecting but haven't yet purchased so that you'll be able to find them again to grab the or l click on the title of the image that is above the list of image sizes and resolutions and then grab the U. R L. I like to paste the URL along with the image into a table or spreadsheet to help me keep track of where to find the images I want to buy. 10. Adding a Background Image: Now let's get into how to make our illustrations unique. We're going to start off by adding some new slides to our presentation, so the way to add a new slide is over here. You'll see a plus sign and a drop down menu. We're going to click on the Drop down Arrow, and then we're going to select one of the custom slides that we created Blank with margins . And just because I like to have multiple blank slides to work with, I'm gonna go ahead and duplicate this slide a few times by hitting control D. Okay, we're going to start off by adding a background image to our slide. And over here at the image drop down menu, you'll see that there's multiple ways to add images to your slide. You can upload from your computer. You can search the Web, select images that you have on Google Drive or these various ways. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to upload an image from my computer, and I'm going to use this one now. You can see that this image doesn't perfectly fit the slide, so there's a couple of ways to fix that First of all, I recommend starting off with an image that is roughly the dimensions of your slide. So, for example, we're working with a square slide because we have square pages in our book. So ideally, you'll start off with a square image. Now that's not always possible. You might find something that works well but is not exactly square, so this has a little bit more of a horizontal orientation. But it's close enough, so I decided to use it. Now there's two ways that I could fix this to make it fit the slide better. The first is that I could go up to crop and I could crop the image to make it more square, though you just click on crop and then you select this like this is more or less a square shape, so I could select that. Okay, the second way is to just stretch the image to fit the slide. The main thing that keep in mind is whether or not the image will look stretched out when you stretch it to fit the slide. So let's give it a try and see. So I started off with not exactly centering it on the slide, but getting it to where it's not way up at the top or way at the bottom. So I don't have to stretch it real far either way. So I'm just going to grab a hold of the edge of the image and stretch it up to the top, and then I'm gonna go down here and you can see there's, like, these little areas, this little blue box, and so I'm gonna put my cursor there, and then I'm stretching it down to fit, okay? And you can see that that it's not quite fitting to the edge on the right or the left. Some just going to stretch it to fit. And I'm gonna do the same thing over here. Stretch it to fit all the way across the slide. And actually, I see that it's you can still see part of the margin here, so I'm gonna stretch it a little bit higher until it covers this light completely. 11. Setting Up Images: So now we have a stock background image, and especially since this was an image from a free stock photo site, a lot of other people may want to use it as well. So we want to make it unique and different from anything anyone else has created. Now, this is where the fun really begins. First, I'm going to add a sample illustration that I already created and then show you how I made it. When you look at the sample image, you can see that it looks way different from the original background image. I like the way it turned out, but I see a couple of issues that I didn't notice when I originally created the image. As you can see, I have a lot of images very close to the edges of the page to help me out. I'm going to make the image slightly transparent so that I can see the margin markers to do that. I'll click on the picture, and then when I quick on format options under adjustments, I can adjust the transparency until I can see the margin markers. Now that the margins are visible, you can see that I have several items that would be cut off. So, for example, there's the edge of the beach ball that's cut off thes shells or cut off. Parts of the sailboats are cut off and so on. So when I worked to re create the image, I'm going to make the image that I'm working on, slightly transparent so that all avoid positioning items in areas where they'll be cut off . So let's do that now. Okay? I'm going to the background image, clicking on it and then format options under adjustments. I'm going to fix the transparency so that I can see the margin markers. Now. It's important to note that I only want this image to be transparent or semi transparent while I'm working on it. And I'll adjust the transparency back this way when I'm done because I wanted to be vibrant . And, of course, I don't want any margin markers to show. But while I'm working on it, I will have it be a little bit transparent so that I'm sure that I don't put anything outside of the margin markers. Okay, the next thing that I'm going to do is I'm going toe upload to Google slides all of the images that I've collected to make this scene. Now it's not absolutely vital to do this, but I like having all the images available to me on the slides so that I don't have to keep going back into my folder to grab them. And so it also just helps me remember what I've gathered. And then as I'm creating the scene, I can look at what I have, and I can pick and choose to create my image. The next thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to duplicate slides like this that have multiple images on them, and you'll see in a minute why this matters. So again, I'm just doing control. D and I want to have at least a few slides with this image on it. 12. Custom Image Demo Part 1: Okay, Now that we have everything set up, let's go ahead and create our image. We'll work our way from top to bottom. Let's start with the clouds that are in the upper. Right. Okay, so we're getting the cloud from this image. And so what I'm gonna do is I'm going to crop out the cloud and then copy and paste it onto the image that I'm working on. Yes, I'm gonna move it into position. And I recall that from my image that I'm working from my guide image, I actually had to copies of the cloud to clouds kind of overlapping something do control D and duplicate. And then just kind of position this one toe overlap a little bit and just gonna turn it just a teeny bet to make it look just a little bit different. Okay, next we have the sun and the birds. Let's put the sun on first. I'm cupping it and then going to paste it on, and obviously that's huge. So I'm going to just go into the corners here and drag it down, make it smaller, and then move it up into position and maybe a little bit higher we want to do it is close to the edge is possible without going over. Okay? And now we'll add the birds going to do the same thing. I'm gonna grab the picture. I'm hitting control, see, and then control V to paste it on and dragging it into position. Now you'll notice that the birds were in front of the sun and I want to move them behind that. But first, I'm gonna actually move this picture of the birds up just a little and you'll see part of it is part of the picture is going to be cut off. But that's fine. Now to move the birds behind the sun, I'll quick on a range order and then send backward and you can see that the birds now appear behind the sun. Now we can see that the next thing on the picture are the words. A day at the beach. Let's go ahead and add those words. Now we'll start by adding a text box, okay? And now we'll type in the words a day at the beach. Ah, highlight the words and I'm going to go up here to the text color option and change the color toe white, and then I'm going to change the text to Pacific. Oh, and let's change the font size to 36. See how that looks. Okay, I'm gonna just stretch that text box out a little bit, so you don't go there, and I'm gonna scooch it down just a little bit. All right? Now, let's look at the guide picture to see what's next. Okay? I think that we should do the sailboats. Next. You'll see we've got two green sailboats and an orange sailboat. We'll start with the green sailboat. Okay? We're going to crop everything but the green sailboat out of the picture, and then we'll copy and paste it onto the illustration that we're creating. So let's first crop. We'll click on the little crop marker to bring up that menu and drag down, and then we'll move it over here and up, and then we will just click on Crop. And now let's copy this control, see? And we'll go up here and well paced it. Now, remember that we had to sail boats so we'll do control the to duplicate the sailboat. Let's look at the picture again to see how we had them positioned. All right, you can see that this one is outside of the margin, so we'll have to bump in in a little bit. And then this one is further back and small. And notice that I moved the one further back and I made it small to give the illusion that it is further away. So let's go ahead and do that now. Okay, we'll move the one let's see about right here, and it's a little bit big, so we'll shrink it down just a little, and we're gonna put it as close to the edge is possible. So have more room to work with on the picture. And let's make this one a little bit smaller and we'll move it over here and I think a little smaller still. All right. Next, let's add on the orange sailboat, you can see where it is. It's right near the front and its larger and so we're going to scroll down. And when you look at the picture that had all of those little images and we cropped everything out but the green sailboat. Now you know why I told you that if there's a image with a lot of little pictures on it to duplicate that slide multiple times. So we're going to go down to the one that we haven't edited yet. And we will crop out the orange sailboat quick on the picture. Click on Crop didn't go down, okay? And we will go ahead and click on Crop and now Control. See? And that's our guide picture so we can see where we have a positioned again. It's a little bit over the edge, so we'll want to move it in a little bit, and we want to make it a little bit bigger than the green sailboat. And actually, I think that that's pretty good the way that it is right now. 13. Custom Image Demo Part 2: Okay, let's take another look at the guide picture. You'll see that the things that we have remaining are the shells, the umbrella and the beach ball. And as you can see, these first shells were outside of the margin markers. So I'm going to move them inside of the margin area, and I'll probably move thes shells further back. Or I might do a slightly different variation on the shells. So let's go ahead and do that. Now. We'll start with the purple scallop shell and we'll hit the crop icon and will crop out everything but the purple shell hit crop control. See and control V. And for now, I'm just gonna paste it on all the shelves on. So we'll go ahead and grab the orange scallop didn't crop. And finally we will do the blue shell. Okay, we'll look at our guide picture for inspiration. So we see that I had the purple scallop and the blue shell right next to each other so well , do something similar to that, even though it will be pushed back further. So two purple and it looks like somehow I didn't get the Oh, yes, I did. The blue shells up here. I just didn't see it because it was in the blue background. So we'll bring it down here and again. We've got the margin marker so we don't want to go too far with these. Turn this a little bit sideways and maybe scooch it in a little bit. And I think I'm gonna make thes smaller because they look rather huge compared to the sailboats to move that a little closer to the shore. We'll see. In the guide picture, we have some of the orange ones further on the beach and they'll obviously be positioned a little bit differently because of the parameters that were working with with our revised image. I think what I'll do is put them further on, put it further on the beach, make it smaller to give the appearance of it being further away. And then I'm gonna do control de duplicate it. I think I want it even a little bit smaller, and we'll put this one right up next to it. Okay, that's good. Now let's look at the guide picture again and we can see that we have the umbrella and the beach ball and again we'll have to position them a little bit differently because the beach ball is outside of the margins. So let's start with the umbrella, copy it and paste it. And obviously it's huge. So we'll shrink it down just by grabbing at the corner and pulling inward until it's a size that's more appropriate. Okay, there's that. And now let's put in the beach ball and we want to avoid it going into the margins and make it a proper proportion compared to the umbrella. So it's going to be pretty small. All right, so there we have a completely custom illustration made by stock images, and no one else will have an illustration just like this. So I hope that this inspires you and give you some ideas of how you take a stock image and play with it and create something that is unique for your picture book. By the way, you'll notice that I've got a lot of what I call debris left over from the images that I had paste it in. So I'm just going to go in and I'm going to delete all of those. So what I'm I'll do is I've got the 1st 1 selected and holding down the shift key. I'm going to squirrel down and select the bottom one, and then I'm just seeing the delete key on my computer to delete all of those. I hope that this inspired you and gave you some ideas of what you can do when it comes to creating your own unique custom illustrations made from stock illustrations. 14. Creating 2-Page Spreads: many Children's picture books have to page spreads. This is when an image starts on the left page and continues on the right page to create a two page spread. I find it easiest to create a canvas that is twice the size of a page and then break that image into two parts. As an example, a 7.5 inch by 7.5 inch book with Bleed has a page size of 7.625 inches by 7.75 inches. To create the artwork for a two page spread, I set up my page size to be double the width of the book pages. I keep the page height the same. I know this might be a bit confusing, but stick with me and it will soon become clear to determine the page size. Let's first determine the page with will take 7.625 inches and multiply it by two, which equals 15.25 inches. The page height will remain the same, so the slide size we need to create is 15.25 inches by 7.75 inches. Let's go ahead and do that now, as you may recall, you set up the slide size by first going to file and then page set up and then from the drop down menu, select custom. Now you put in 15.125 inches for the width and 7.75 inches for the height and click on Apply. Now we'll add an illustration with a horizontal orientation to the slide, all right, and you can see it doesn't fit perfectly. So we're going to move it to where it's in the middle and will stretch it to fit. You could also crop it like I've told you before, to make it fit the slide size better, but we're just going to stretch it next. You'd want to add any texture images to the image. And when you do so, be sure to keep in mind the margins and how the book will be bound together in the middle. The bottom line is that you want to avoid putting important content too close to the margins are too close to the middle of the image. Now you can see that this illustration has margin markers on it, and of course, you wouldn't publish the book with the markers, but they're there to help. You know we're not to put important content so you can see we have a right and left margin , a top and bottom margin. And we also have this section here in the middle. And the reason why you want that is because it helps you know not to put anything in here, because that's where the book is bound together. And you don't want any of the important content to be in the binding area. For the sake of simplicity. I'm not going to add any text or additional graphics to this image, so you'll duplicate the slide, whether it's one with the margins or one without whatever you're using. You'll duplicate that a couple of times, and I'm just hitting control D. I'm actually going to duplicate it three times. I only need a couple, but I always like to have extra. Now, before I show you the next part, I just want to point out that there's a ruler up at the top of the slide, and you're going to use that to guide you when you're cropping your image and half. So let's do that part now. First, we're going to crop out the right side of the picture. On one slide, you'll notice that there's a little blue line up here at the top that shows you where the center of the images and we're going to pay attention to that as we cropper image. So click on the picture crop and then we're going to drag it to that center line and we will click on Crop. Okay, so now this time we're going to crop out the left side of the picture. We'll click on the image quick on crop and we'll drag it to the middle toe. Wear that blue Linus and click on crop. Now you'll see that we have to cropped images. We have this one that's going to go on the left in this one that's going to go on the right . And if you look at them, you can see the way the two images fit together. You've got the palm trees here and you've got the palm tree there. Okay, so what we want to do now is we want to copy this illustration. Now, a problem that I came across is if you just do right click and copy and then go to paste it into the other document the other. Slide it, paste the whole slide in there rather than just the part that you cropped out. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to use maggot, which is what I use to do screen captures. But you can use any screen capture tool that you want. So, for example, if you're on a Windows computer, there'd be snipping tool or any screen capture tool that you want. We'll do the screen capture. So now what I'm going to do in snake it. This is the way you do it in snag it. You may do it differently in the screen capture tool that you use, but I'm going to click on share, and I'm going to save this image to my computer, and then I'm going to add it to the image. You just going to drag it up to the corner here and then stretch it to fit the image. Then I'm going to do the same thing with the right side image so you can see I've got the image here and again because Google Slides was wanting to have me copied the entire image, Not just what I cropped out. I'm going to again use snake it to take a screen capture, and then we'll add it to the other slide presentation, all right, and that's all there is to it. So you have one image that you've divided into two pages, and the two pages would fit together perfectly in your book and create a two page spread. 15. Gradient Backgrounds: Another way to create a two page spread is to have an image on one side and put text on top of a matching Grady Int background on the other side. Let me show you how to do that. Let's start with the beach scene illustration that we created earlier. That will be one page. We want to create a page with a matching Grady Int background that we can put text on now. The first option is to use one of the built ingredient colors. The way that you do that is you quick on background and then under the color drop down menu , select radiant. You'll then pick from one of the built ingredient colors, click on it and then click done and you'll see that that adds to it. And so I chose Blue because we have a lot of blue and our illustration Let's go look at some of the other options. Another one that we might want to do is using one of these yellow quick on that because we've got the yellow sun. All right, I think that I like the blue better, so I'm going to switch back to that one now. Let's go to a new slide so we can experiment a bit more with radiance. Okay, On this slide will create a custom Grady int background that matches the colors from our illustration. So to pull the colors from or illustration, I'm going to use a free chrome extension that is right up here it is. Color pick, eye dropper. Well, usually I drop her to grab the hex codes for the colors in the illustration, and I'm going to paste them into no pad. OK, so the way that I do this is I go up to the color pick eyedropper and click on it. And then I go over to my picture and I'm gonna grab this blue color and you'll see that the hex code is right here. So I'm going to grab that and in no pad, I'll type right blue and then make note of the hex code color. All right, let's go ahead and pick another color. So I'm going to pick this bright yellow this time and you'll see that there's a different hex code color mean a copy and paste that on to note pad. Okay, I think now I want to take the light blue color. So again I'll go to color picker and let me take this light blue. Copy that hex code and paste it into no pad. And finally, I'm going to take the orange for one of the shells, okay? And put orange. Okay, Very good. So now I have the hex codes for my custom colors. So once I've gathered all the colors that I want to use in my Grady in background, I'm going to again click on background and from the color drop down menu, I'm going to select radiant and now all select custom in this custom, Grady in area. You'll notice that there's this thing called Grady and stops. I'm going to make the first stop, my bright blue color. So the way that I do that is I grabbed the hex code, and from this drop down menu, I add custom and right up in here I paste in the hex code and I click on OK and you'll see that it's added blue instead of gray. All right, let's look at the next color Bright yellow. So again, I'll go through that process of first. While all add a Grady int stop, Then select custom paste in the hex code for yellow. Click on OK, and you can see how that's already changed my Grady int background. But let's keep going now I want to add on light blue, so I'm going to add ingredients. Stop and again custom paste in the hex code for light blue. Click on OK, and I've got one more color left, and that is the orange, so we'll do the same process. Now you can see that all of the colors from my original picture are added on to this Grady Int slider. Now the interesting thing about it is I can adapt how this looks by sliding these different colors around here in making them or less prominent. I can also switch the angle and it will look different. Or I can go from linear to radio, and then that gives it kind of more of the circular pattern. And then I couldn't change from center to top left or top right and so on. Now let's say that I don't like a particular color. I can click on it and I can quick remove. Now let's say that I decided that I really don't like the orange in there, some to click on that and then click on a remove and the orange color will no longer be there. Once I'm satisfied with the way that the Grady it looks I can quick on. Okay, and then done. And you can see that that added the custom Grady int to the slide. Okay, let's go to the next light for me to show you one more thing. One cool thing about creating custom ingredients in Google slides is that you can then use those custom Grady INTs in multiple ways. For example, you can add them to shapes, gonna go up to the shape menu here, and I'm just going to pick Oh, let's see this shape and add it to the slide, okay. And then under shape, Phil, I can go to Greedy int and Aiken, select this custom ingredient and that will add it to that shape. One way that you might want to use this feature is to add a border using shapes that have the custom Grady int in them. So again, we'll go to the shape menu. Let's pick a rectangle, and I'm gonna actually put it on top of these margin markers, which, by the way, will delete before we publish the book and fill them with the custom Grady int. And I'm just gonna control D and duplicate and put that on the other side, drag it all the way down, and then I'm going to do control de again and duplicate it, but turn it over to make it go across the top, and then I'm going to duplicate this one and put it down at the bottom. All right, so there you see how you can use the custom Grady int that you've created to create a background image toe added to a shape to add it to borders and other things. This is just one of many ways that you can use radiance on your background pages. 16. Whimsical Borders: Now let's look at how to make a background page that has a border with illustrations that we've pulled from our image and that also has a greedy int background. First, we're going to copy and paste in, duplicate the shells and sailboats until they fit all the way across the top. As you may recall, these are items that we pulled from another illustration, and we cropped them to get the sailboat and the shell imminent pesos on. I'm going to move the sailboat up into the corner, and then I'm going to move the show right next to it. I'm going to duplicate each of these and move them right over. And I'm going to continue with this process until I've moved the sailboat and the shells all the way across and it looks like I can fit to more. So let me duplicate those and move them across now, just eyeballing it. It can I can get it pretty well aligned, but we want it perfectly aligned, and I'm going to show you how to do that. So the first thing that will do is I'm going to click on each of the items and I'm going up to a range, and I'm going to distribute those horizontally. Next I'll go to a range A line and middle, and you see that that shifted them so that they're perfectly aligned. Now I'm going to do control D and move those down to the bottom, right? And now let's work on the left side. So I need to first of all, duplicate the shell and move it over. And then I'm going to start the whole duplication process until I fill it up all the way on the left hand side. The main reason why I'm moving it up is because I want to make sure I fit in as many of these as I can. So let me just continue to do this process. And it looks like I think in speech these up a little bit toe where I can fit in a little bit more and again remember that I'll be aligning these so I don't have to worry about them being perfectly aligned. I just want to fit in the full amount of shells. Okay, I think that I can fit to more. Let's go ahead and squish those in there. All right, Now, we will highlight each of them. I'm holding down shift and then clicking on each of them. And this time I'm going to arrange and I'm going to distribute vertically. Now I'm going to quick on each of them and I'm holding down shift and then just clicking one by one to select them. And I am going to click on a range and then a lying center, and you can see how that got them all lined up properly. Now we just need to select everything that is on the left side and will duplicate it and then move it over to the right side hopes. And I just realized that I messed up because I ended here with a shell instead of with a sailboat. So I think what I'm gonna do is I'm going to move these a little closer together. And once I do that, I'll add in another sailboat and then distribute them again. So let me just duplicate this doing control D and I'm going to move it up here and again. I'll select each of them, go to arrange, distribute vertically and then a range and a lying middle. Okay, And now I need to switch out what I had here at the bottom. Let me delete all of these, so I'm realizing that they don't look exactly aligned. So let me try the arrange process over again. And that's the good thing is when at first you don't succeed. If you noticed something's off, just go ahead and redo it until you get it into the position that you want. So we're going to arrange. We're going to distribute horizontally hand. Now I like the way that that looks. OK. Well, now we're going to highlight each of them and control D, and we'll move those down to the bottom. All right. Perfect. Okay, Now what we want to do is we want to add a Grady in background so quick on background and from the color drop down menu, select radiant. And we are going to pick this light cornflower blue and quick on. Done. Okay, Perfect. Now let's look at how to make this more simple background image. We'll start by adding a shape to our slide, going to pick this rectangle shape, and we're just gonna draw it out here and next we'll remove the shape fill by clicking on the paint bucket and then selecting transparent Next will change the color of the shape by clicking on the pencil icon, and we're going to pick light cornflower blue. Actually, let's go ahead and try dark cornflower blue to see how that looks. Okay. Next, we will change the weight, the border wait to four pixels and we're going to make it dashed. All right, now that we have the border in place, let's add the shells and the sailboats to the corners. I'm gonna grab them from here and copy them and paste them onto the slide that I'm working on. And since we need for we need to sail boats and two shells, I'm going to duplicate each of them by doing control, be and then putting the shapes into the corners, See how that looks. I think I want to move this shape down into the corner just a little bit further and if needed, you can at this point adjust the dotted background to go down a little bit more or up a little bit more. Whatever you feel that you need to do to make it a line properly with your images, all right, And then finally, all we have to do is add the background color so you can click on background and you've probably already guessed it. We're going to go to Grady Int and let's pick this light cornflower blue and then click on done, and that's all there is to it. Here's our original design, and you can see that we have a lot of background page options that fit well with the design . Now what you want to do, once you create thes background images, is that you can add a text box to them and add text. So once upon a time and all of your text for the story can go on these background pages, you can change the font. You can make it bigger and so on. So I hope this gives you a lot of creative ideas of how to take an image, an illustration that you've created and that you can create background pages that match the colors in your image and add text to them. 17. Saving Your Book as a PDF: If you're planning on publishing your book as a print book, then you'll need to save it as a Pdf. The way that you do that in Google slides as you go to file, download and then select PdF, you'll then save it to your computer, and that's all there is to it. 18. Kids Book Creator: once you've saved your book as a PdF, if you want to turn it into a Kindle book, the best way to do that is to use the kid's book creator. Here's how to do that type Kids Book creator into Google or being, and most likely, the first result that comes up will be the correct one. So click on that and you'll scroll down and you'll see that there's different options that you can download. You'll either download the Windows version or the Mac version, depending on the type of computer that you have, so you just click on download now and you'll save it. It's quick on safe, and I am using the Windows version so I'll walk you through that click on OK, and I'm going to agree and click on next and select the install location. Install and I got this message cannot find Kindle preview er on your computer. Kendall Pre viewer is required for previewing your Kindle your Kindle Comment Court Children's book. Would you like to download it? So I'm saying Okay, so it's first downloading the pre viewer. Okay, Once you've installed the program, this is what it will look like Kindle Kids book creator, and if you worked on a book previously, you would click on Open an existing book. I'm going to create a new kids books on clicking here, and it gives you some helpful information that you might want to read through the first time that you do it. So I'm just going to click on, continue and then type in the title of the book My Kids Book Demo. Because I'm not actually creating a book. I'm just demoing it and you can put in your name. And if you have a publisher name, you can put that in next, you will select the language that your book is in. I'm selecting English. You can browse toe where you will save the book, but I'm just going to leave it right where it's at by default and then click on. Continue and then you will select. If your book is in landscape or portrait mode now, minds a little tricky cause it's square. I'm just going to do landscape, as which is the default. And how do you want your page images displayed on a Kindle? I want one image at a time. Actually, I'm gonna do to images side by side, and the reason is that that will look more like a regular book. And if I have a two page spread, it will work out better. And then it says, Do you want your first page image on the right side or the left side? I'm going to have it on the right and continue, and now it's time to add your cover and pages. Select one of the following options. The first is important. Your entire book, including the cover from a Pdf and the first page of the PdF will be your book cover. Or, if you have a cover that's created separately, you would select import your cover from a separate image file, especially since I'm just doing this as a demo. I'm going to import the entire book, including the cover from a Pdf and create the book from a pdf. All right now you have to grab your pdf and get the pdf that I created for this. And by the way, I'm just using for this demo. I'm just using the pdf that I worked on during this course, and so it's not an actual book, but it will still show you the process. Okay, now it says you have successfully imported your pages to enhance your book with text pop ups used the ad pop up and add text buttons in the text toolbar, so you'll notice there's a tool bar up here with different settings. I'm just going to click on OK, and I can look through what this looks like. You could also add pages or delete pages if there's anything not quite the way that you want it to be. Final wages quick on file and save if you're not done working on it or save for publishing , I'm going to save for publishing and notice that it is saving my kids book demo, which is what I named the Pdf. And it's saving it as an e books Moby file, so you will just save it wherever that you want to. I would typically put it in my file, my folder for my book, and then you will just click on Save and then it says, Please wait building your book and then once it processes it, then you just click on OK and by the way, it process mind process really fast. because I was just using the demo file and it's just a few pages. If years was longer, it would take longer to process. And then you have a Mobi file, and you can then publish it as a Kindle book in the same way that you would publish any other Kindle book you just uploaded via your KDP dashboard. And that's all there is to it. So if you want to publish a print version of your book, you'll upload the pdf. If you want to publish a Kindle version, then you use this Kindle Kids book creator to do so, and that's all there is to it. 19. Your Project: thank you so much for taking this class. I hope that you enjoyed it and are excited about creating your own unique illustrations for your Children's books in Google Slides as your project for this class, you'll create a custom illustration using stock images. You can either create an image using a background image and then adding other illustrations to it. Or you can create a page that is more text focused with the background and other design elements. When you complete your project, be sure to share it with the rest of us by uploading it to the project theory of this class . I can't wait to see what you came up with. Also, if you have any questions or need help with anything, feel free to start a discussion and I'll be sure to respond. Finally, if you enjoyed this class, I'd really appreciate it if you believe me. A review. Thanks again for taking this class. I wish you all the best in your Children's book creation efforts