Visual novels are interactive stories, often featuring graphics, sound, and choices that influence the narrative. While there are many specialized tools for creating them, did you know that you can make one using a familiar tool like Google Slides? This blog post will guide you through the process of creating your own visual novel using Google Slides.
To create a visual novel using Google Slides, you’ll need a Google account. If you don’t have one, you can sign up for free at www.google.com. Once you’ve got that sorted, simply log in to your Google account and head over to Google Slides.
Storyboarding your Visual Novel
Before you start creating your visual novel, it’s a good idea to plot out what you want your story to look like. This could include sketching out the basic story, devising the characters, and determining how the choices will affect the narrative.
Creating the Visual Novel
Open up a new Google Slides presentation and get creative! Each slide in your presentation will represent a ‘scene’ in your visual novel. In each one of these scenes, you can add your background, characters, and text. To add an image, click on the ‘Insert’ menu, then choose ‘Image’. You can upload your own images or search the web for suitable graphics.
For the text, you can use the ‘Text box’ tool under the ‘Insert’ menu. You can customize the font, size, and color to suit the mood of your visual novel.
The key feature of a visual novel is its interactivity – the ability for the reader to make choices that influence the story. This is where Google Slides really shines, as you can easily create interactive elements with hyperlinks. Here’s how:
Create the Choices
Create a new slide for each choice that the player can make. On these slides, include the text of the choice and any relevant images. Then, create a new slide for each possible outcome of the choice.
Link to the Choices
On the slide where the player makes the decision, highlight the text of the choice. Then, click on the ‘Insert’ menu and choose ‘Link’. In the ‘Link’ dialog box, click on ‘Slides in this presentation’ and select the slide that corresponds to the outcome of the choice. Click ‘Apply’ to create the hyperlink.
Test Your Visual Novel
Make sure to go through your novel several times and test each choice to ensure that everything functions as it should. Make any necessary adjustments, and once you’re satisfied, share your visual novel with the world!
And there you have it! You’ve just created your own visual novel using Google Slides. This versatile tool allows you to unleash your creativity and share your stories in an interactive, engaging format. So why not give it a try and start creating your own visual novel today?