How To Blur The Edges Of A Photo In Google Slides

Google Slides is a useful tool for creating presentations, but did you know that you can also use it to edit photos? In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to blur the edges of a photo using Google Slides, with no need for any specialized software or graphic design skills.

Step 1: Open Google Slides

Start by opening Google Slides on your computer. You can do this by going to the Google Slides website or opening it from your Google Drive. If you don’t have a Google account, you’ll need to create one.

Step 2: Upload Your Photo

Next, you need to upload the photo you want to edit. Click on ‘Insert’ at the top of the screen, then ‘Image’, and ‘Upload from computer’. Navigate to where your photo is stored and click ‘Open’.

Step 3: Insert a Shape

Once your photo is in the slide, you need to insert a shape on top of it. Click ‘Insert’, then ‘Shape’, and choose the rectangle shape. Draw the shape over your photo, making sure it covers the entire image.

Step 4: Adjust the Shape’s Transparency

Now, you need to adjust the transparency of the shape to create the blur effect. Click on the shape to select it, then click ‘Format Options’. Under ‘Adjustments’, you’ll see ‘Transparency’. Increase the transparency until you’re happy with the level of blur.

Step 5: Crop the Image

The final step is to crop the image so only the blurred area is visible. Click on the image, then ‘Crop image’. Move the crop handles until you’re happy with the result, then click ‘Enter’ to apply the crop.


And there you have it! You’ve successfully blurred the edges of a photo in Google Slides. This effect can add a professional touch to your presentations, or simply help focus attention on the central part of an image. Remember, the key is to experiment with different levels of transparency and cropping to achieve the look you want.

Code Summary

Here is a quick snippet of the steps we followed:

1. Open Google Slides
2. Click on 'Insert' > 'Image' > 'Upload from computer' and select your photo
3. Click on 'Insert' > 'Shape' > 'Rectangle' and draw over your image
4. Click on the shape, and adjust 'Transparency' under 'Format Options'
5. Click on the image, then 'Crop image' and adjust the crop handles
6. Press 'Enter' to apply the crop