Creating and Downloading .png Images from Slideshows for Art Canvas+

Many VEXcode VR Activities that use the Art Canvas+ Playground provide images via a Google Slides presentation. This article will cover how set up a presentation to use the optimal dimensions for the Art Canvas+ Playground and how to download those images as a .png file.

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Creating a Custom Image in a Google Slides Presentation

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To create your own custom images for the Art Canvas+ Playground with Google Slides, open a new presentation.

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The optimal image size for the Art Canvas+ Playground is 1000 pixels by 1000 pixels. To change the layout of each slide to match that size, begin by selecting the "File" and then "Page Setup."

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Open the dropdown in the Page Setup menu and select "Custom."

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Change the units to "pixels" using the far left dropdown.

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Then insert "1000" by "1000" for the size and select "Apply."

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Each slide will now appear as a 1000 pixel by 1000 pixel square.

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Now that the slides are set up, you can modify and create your own uploads for Art Canvas+. This example shows a unit circle, topographic map, and a word search that could all be uploaded to the Playground.

Watch this screen recording to see the above steps.


Downloading Images as .png Files from a Presentation

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To download an image from a Google Slides presentation, select the File menu and then hover over the "Download" option.

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A menu will expand to show the various download options for the presentation. Select the "PNG Image (.png image, current slide)" option. 

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This will download the slide you are currently viewing as a .png file to your device. The file will be named after the name of your presentation. 


Note: This image shows a download on Mac in a Chrome browser. The download location may be different depending on your device and chosen browser.

Note that you do NOT need edit access to a presentation in order to download a slide as a .png file. The option will still appear in a View only document as shown in the video here.

To learn more about how to upload an image to the Art Canvas +, see this article.

For more information, help, and tips, check out the many resources at VEX Professional Development Plus