Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Get Creative with Google Auto Draw

Sometimes we just need to have some fun, and who is better at fun than Google? They have a whole list of yearly April Fools gags, create interactive and entertaining Doodles, and add themes to their tools (does anyone else desperately miss all the awesome Star Wars themes in Gmail & Maps?). Google also gives use some lesser known fun experiments. One of my new favorites is Auto Draw. I just stumbled on this and just had to share it. I will be honest, I am by no stretch of the word an artist. Please, my stick-people are even lop-sided. Google Auto Draw gives me the ability to create cool images by free drawing an object and choosing the “real artist” drawn image to replace it (all images are actually submitted by others...if you are talented you are able to submit your drawings for others to use!). Let me explain how all this magic happens below!

  1. Explore the tools on the left side:

Move images (using the select icon)
AutoDraw (Allows all the cool stuff this tool can do)
Free drawings (lines, squiggles, etc)
Text (add words to your image)
Fill (color in parts of your drawing)
Shapes (tool lets your not so perfect lines make symetrical shapes)
Change color (of lines or drawings)

Create a Cool and Amazing Drawing!
  1. I suggest using the “AutoDraw” icon to do a basic drawing of the object you want. Above the drawing Google will predict what you meant to draw and give you suggestions. Make sure to scroll over to see all the suggestions. When you click the image your sketch will change to the selected image.

  1. Choose the object that you want.
  2. Add more images to your pallette. Use the “Select” icon to move any drawing around or resize it.
  3. Change the color of the lines or fill in parts of the drawing with the “Fill” icon.
  4. When you are done with your creation you can click on the 3 lines in the top left and click “Download” the image as a PGN to use anywhere you like!

Head over to autodraw.com and start creating. The best part is that this works on the web as well as mobile! Go get creative and have some fun!

If you want these directions in a Document click Here!