How to Add Image Placeholders in Google Slides

Image placeholders in Google Slides allow you to designate specific areas on a slide where images can be easily added later. Using placeholders can help you organize your slides more efficiently when working on presentations.

In this blog post, we will walk through step-by-step how to add image placeholders in Google Slides. We will cover:

  • Benefits of using image placeholders
  • How to access the Theme Builder in Google Slides
  • Inserting an image placeholder
  • Customizing the image placeholder
  • Adding multiple image placeholders
  • Using image placeholders when collaborating on presentations

Benefits of Image Placeholders

Here are some of the key benefits of using image placeholders in your Google Slide presentations:

  • Consistency – The image placeholders ensure all images added to various slides in a presentation have consistent sizes and positions. This creates a uniform and professional look.
  • Organization – Placeholders allow you to plan where images need to go while creating the presentation. This saves time compared to manually adjusting images later.
  • Collaboration – When teams collaborate on presentations, placeholders make it clear where each person needs to add images. This improves workflow.
  • Adaptability – You can easily swap images in the future by just replacing the image in the preset placeholder. The layout and formatting remain intact.

Accessing the Theme Builder

The first step to add image placeholders is to access the Theme Builder in Google Slides:

  1. Open your Google Slide presentation
  2. Click on View > Theme Builder in the top menu
  3. This will open editing options for the slide theme

The Theme Builder allows you to customize backgrounds, fonts, colors, and layouts in your presentation theme.

Inserting an Image Placeholder

Once in the Theme Builder, adding an image placeholder is simple:

  1. Select an existing slide layout to work with or insert a new blank slide
  2. Click on Insert > Placeholder in the top menu
  3. Hover over the option for Image Placeholder and select the desired shape

This will insert an image placeholder with the chosen shape and size into your slide.

Customizing the Image Placeholder

You can customize the image placeholder to meet your needs:

  • Resize – Click and drag the edge or corners of the placeholder to resize it
  • Reposition – Click and drag the placeholder to move it anywhere on the slide
  • Add Effects – Use options like color overlay or shadows through the image options

Experiment with sizes and positions that work for your content!

Adding Multiple Image Placeholders

You can continue adding more image placeholders to the slide:

  1. Click Insert > Placeholder again
  2. Select another image placeholder with desired shape
  3. Customize by resizing and repositioning

Add placeholders for all the images you want to include on that slide layout.

Using Image Placeholders When Collaborating

The image placeholders also facilitate collaborating with a team:

  • Clearly show each person which placeholder they need to add images to
  • Maintain brand consistency with preset sizes and positions
  • Reduce manual formatting needed after adding images

The placeholders act as a guide for all collaborators.


Image placeholders in Google Slides are useful tools for organizing your presentation slides. They allow you to designate specific areas for images in a slide layout or theme.

Key takeaways:

  • Provide consistency in image sizes and positioning
  • Help plan layouts and collaborate with teams
  • Enable quickly swapping images when needed

Hopefully this gives you a better understanding of how to leverage image placeholders for better presentations! Let us know if you have any other questions.