Google Slides adds an annoying amount of compression on my imported images. I want to avoid compression so I want to upload my schematics in a vector format. I can basically export to any vector format possible.

How do I do this in Google Slides?

  • I can't get any vector formats to work - tried SVG, and EMF, but Sheets only seems to only support png, gif, and jpeg. Try exporting your graphic as a PNG, and use that. PNGs are lossless, so compression shouldn't be an issue. – Billy Kerr Oct 8 '18 at 10:53
  • .PNG doesn't seem to look any better unfortunately :( – Gerlof Leuhof Oct 8 '18 at 14:07
  • I just noticed a mistake. I confused Slides with Sheets, I'm talking about Google Slides. Sorry for the confusion – Gerlof Leuhof Oct 8 '18 at 14:16
  • Apparently you can import a emf to google draw and then move that to Slides – joojaa Oct 8 '18 at 14:25
  • @joojaa I just tried that, Google Graw doesn't seem to support EMFs either, sadly. However I notice that LibreOffice Impress, which is similar to Google Slides/MS Powerpoint does support import of SVGs. Since it's free, it might be a solution to the OPs problem. – Billy Kerr Oct 8 '18 at 14:59

This method works flawlessly for me.

  1. Upload your images/icons to Google Drive

  2. Open it with CloudConvert

    • Choose export format : vector / emf.
    • Make sure that you have the checkbox to save the converted file to your Google Drive enter image description here
    • Click on button Start conversion.
  3. Open emf file with Google Drawing

  4. Copy/paste SVG icon into your Slides.

    • you can modify the colors as you wish, add or remove shapes

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  • Thanks! Are you sure it's not pasted as a bitmap? Even when more complex schematics with a font are pasted? – Gerlof Leuhof Oct 10 '18 at 11:49
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    Thank you for this very detailed and useful technique. Embarrassing that Google Slides still doesn't natively support SVGs in 2019, but at least there is this workaround. – Dan Kohn Apr 20 '19 at 1:24
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    This trick does not seem to work anymore ... – Arkeen Jun 29 '19 at 15:09
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    The method works flawlessly, I just did it. Make sure you login to your google drive account in cloudconvert.com/svg-to-emf As soon as the file is ready, click on "Show File" and in the GDrive preview window choose Google Drive. Presto. – MaDDoX Oct 29 '19 at 3:55
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    3. Convert the vector graphic using CloudConvert, download it and reupload it to Google Drive. Inspecting the downloaded file, CloudConvert also uses Inkscape to convert the file. However, Google Drive only provides the option to open it with Google Drawing for a file that was placed in your drive by CloudConvert! – f0k Nov 28 '19 at 10:29

As of Apr 4th 2020, I just found an easier offline solution for this issue, especially if you have the shape already in PowerPoint.

  1. Just copy the shape(s) to a new PowerPoint presentation and save it as a .ppt file.
  2. Upload it to Drive. The uploaded file will open in Slides and the shape(s) will maintain their vector properties.
  3. Copy the shapes from the new Slides document into the one you were working on.
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    This method would have worked fine back in 2018 in fac it would have worked earlier too. – joojaa Apr 6 at 13:10

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