Google Slides is a free tool you can use to create digital signage. Google’s simple slideshow app allows you to easily create digital signage content and speed up your workflow without using complicated, third-party systems. Learn how by following this guide.
This guide shows you how to configure Google Slides correctly for digital signage and easily turn a slideshow into engaging signage that makes people take action.
How to Create Digital Signage with Google Slides
Step 1 — Prepare your document
Ensure your slides are the correct size to best fit the displays in your organization. Nobody wants square digital signage playing on widescreen TVs.
How to change your slide size:
- In Google Slides, navigate to File > Page Setup.
- From here, choose the best size option for your displays. This will vary depending on what devices your organization uses. However, a safe bet is the “Widescreen (16:9)” option. Most modern TVs display a 16:9 aspect ratio. You can also set custom dimensions if none of the existing defaults are what you need.
Step 2 — Design your signage
Creating and designing content for digital signage doesn’t have to be difficult. Start with Google’s default templates if you need design inspiration. Keep things simple, legible and relevant.
How to access Google Slide templates:
- Navigate to Slide > Change theme.
- Scroll through the available options and choose your preferred theme.
- From here, you can also choose to import themes from external sources.
Templates made for slideshows will only take you so far — to create beautiful, engaging signage that makes people take action, use these resources:
Step 3 — Export your files
Now it’s time to turn your Google Slideshow into engaging, actionable digital signage:
- Make sure your slideshow is complete. Then, navigate to File > Download.
- In the menu, select your preferred file format of your new digital signage assets. The slide will download automatically.
- You can manually download each slide as an image file or use a third-party add-on or app to quickly export your entire presentation as individual image files.
Ensure the file format you choose is compatible with your digital signage service. Most digital signage content management systems (CMS) will accept common image and video files. Ditto digital signage is compatible with a variety of media file types, such as PNG, JPEG, GIF and MP4.
Make sure to set up your slides to the correct aspect ratio and export them to the correct dimensions. Your slides should fill up the entire screen of your TVs and monitors.
Common display dimensions:
1920 x 1080 px
3840 × 2160 px
These dimensions can vary depending on what displays your organization uses.
You can export your slides as static images or use a third-party add-on to combine them into a single video file that plays all slides for a set amount of time.
Step 4 — Integrate with your CMS
Now that you have exported your slides, it’s time to get them up on your screens. Some digital signage solutions only play files from a physical source like a USB drive. However, the best type of digital signage includes a CMS that is touch-free and accessible from anywhere.
Organize your content and set scheduling and duration parameters. To do this you’ll need to upload the files to your preferred signage CMS or deploy physical hard drives loaded with your content to each display. The digital signage solution you use can make this process really simple or really time-consuming — opt for a centrally managed signage solution that has a built-in CMS, like Ditto.
Now your signs will begin playing the digital signage content you created from Google Slides.