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How to Create a Custom Google Classroom Banner (Tutorial + Template)

Let’s take a look at how to make a custom Google Classroom Banner with minimum fuss

The first thing a student sees when clicking into your specific Google Classroom is the header at the top – also known as the banner. Having the same pre-set Google Classroom banner can be both confusing and boring, especially if you are managing multiple classes.

It is vital for both yourself and your students to easily differentiate between your Classrooms (we also love our unique designs, just like our bulletin boards).

However, simply switching the color palette doesn’t cut it, hence the need for your own customized banners. 

But how do you get one? Where do you even begin? 

Let’s jump right into it now!

The Proper Google Classroom Banner Size

Before we can actually design our banners we need to make sure that the sizing is exact to the specification set by Google. If it is even slightly off in width or length, your finished banner will come out distorted when installed.

There’s no hard math here, just remember that a Google Classroom banner needs to be 1,000 x 250 pixels in size:

1,000 x 250 pixels stock Google Classroom banner size

This will always be the case no matter what program you choose to design the banner with.

For ease of planning, we will provide you with 3 different templates for you to start with once we get into designing the banner itself (Google Slides, Microsoft Powerpoint, and Canva).

Which Design Tool/Program Should I Use?

There are tons of options out there – most of them free. In our experience, we’ve found that the 3 most commonly used options are Google Slides, Microsoft Powerpoint, and Canva (or Pic Monkey – similar to Canva).

If you have a different tool that you use, it’s okay! Just remember to start a new project with the correct sizing (1,000 x 250), and everything will be just fine.

But which one should you use? If you are looking for a recommendation, here are some things to keep in mind:

Microsoft Powerpoint – Using this program is a win/lose situation.

On the one hand, it is already installed on nearly every computer/laptop in the world, and does not require an internet connection of any sort to use. Ease of access is its biggest pro.

On the other hand, it is extremely outdated, and you will need to be on the net anyways in order to even get onto Google Classroom. 

Besides, who doesn’t have access to an internet connection at this point in time, anyways? (I’m 41 and absolutely remember when this was the norm, and internet connections were premium!)

Also, the design options for Powerpoint are pretty limited. If you want to stick with ClipArt only, then by all means go for it, but the free online tools have so much more available to you that it’s not really fair.

Click here to get started with a PowerPoint Template.

Google Slides – A step up from Powerpoint, but still slightly limited.

Using Google Slides is not any easier or harder when setting up and then exporting your finished design – just a few more steps.

It also functions basically the same way that Powerpoint does in terms of using the program itself.

One major step up from Powerpoint is the ability to search for images within the program. This way you can at least use more than simple ClipArt pics.

Just be careful with copyrighted images!

Yet in comparison to the library of available inserts on Canva/Pic Mokey (see below), Google Slides feels like using a station wagon to race a corvette. 

However, many people simply feel comfortable using what they know, and that is totally fine. It will definitely do the job for you.

Click here to get started with a Google Slides Template.

Canva – Our preferred method. Access your designs from the cloud with millions of options.

Canva (and also PicMonkey) are free-to-use online tools that boast a wide selection of design options (pictures, textures, frames, backgrounds, etc. etc.)

Before the thought of learning a new programs freezes you….DON’T RUN AWAY!

We promise you – these programs are suuuuuuper easy to use. Just give it a try!

You can create, design, export your designs easily, and all of your creations are auto-saved for later access.

We personally go with Canva, just for its specific layout (and it does have a deeper library in our opinion).

If there are any drawbacks, it would be that there are premium options that are only available for a paid price. 

We use Canva Pro, but mainly because we have a YouTube channel and our blog to run, both which require lots and lots of graphic design. 

Nevertheless, if you want our personal recommendation, use Canva and rejoice in your newfound awesomeness!

Click here to get started with a Canva Template.

Setting Up Your Custom Google Classroom Banner

Although the process is pretty much the same, there are a few variations based on which program you use. Feel free to skip to the section/program that applies to you!

Microsoft Powerpoint

Create Your Project – If you already downloaded one of our templates, go ahead and open it up. Be sure to save a separate copy so you can edit without messing up your original blank template.

If you are starting from scratch, open up PowerPoint and start a new Presentation. 

Click on the design button underneath the uppermost ribbon.

Over on the far right-hand side, click on the drop down arrow next to “Slide Size”

Here is the customization box that will pop up:

From the drop down menu, choose “Custom”

Here’s the annoying part of Powerpoint – you can’t “choose” pixels. Instead, you have to type in the number and the abbreviated unit (px) and THEN hit tab. YEESH! 

So…highlight everything in the “Width” box and type in exactly “1000 px”, then hit tab

You’ll see that it converts it to inches – 10.47 inches to be exact (ugh!). That’s okay, though – you did it correctly. 

Now do the same thing in the “Height” tab, but type in “250 px” this time. Hit tab again.

You should now see the listing of “2.604 inches”. Yuck, but correct. 

Now just click on “OK” and you’re ready to start designing!

Google Slides

Create Your Project – If you already downloaded one of our templates, go ahead and open it up. Be sure to save a separate copy so you can edit without messing up your original blank template.

If you are starting from scratch, open up Slides and start a new Presentation. 

From there, change the option from “Widescreen 16:9” to “Custom,” then click apply

Click on the drop down arrow and change it to “Pixels”

Now just put in 1000 x 250 for the dimensions

Now just click on “Apply” and you’re ready to start designing!

Canva

Create Your Project – If you already downloaded one of our templates, go ahead and open it up. Be sure to save a separate copy so you can edit without messing up your original blank template.

If you are starting from scratch, log in to your Canva.com account click on “Create a Design” in the top right corner 

From there, click on “Custom Size” at the bottom-left of the box

Luckily for us, the default is pixels! Now just put in 1000 x 250 for the dimensions and click on “Create new design”

You’re (already!) ready to start designing!

Designing Your Google Classroom Custom Banner

This is where you get to shine! Design away to your heart’s content using the program that you’ve chosen. 

There really isn’t much to teach here…

However, there IS one important thing to keep in mind when designing your banner:

The name of the Google Classroom (and class code + Meet/Zoom link info, if any) will be posted in the top left corner of your banner. 

This is regardless of what banner you use (custom or standard).

Here is an example stock banner:

That information will still be there when we insert our new custom banner, so we would want to keep that in mind when we are designing our finished product. 

It’s more for aesthetics than anything else, but we did want to make you aware of it…

Downloading Your Custom Google Classroom Banner

Although the process is pretty much the same, there are a few variations based on which program you use. Feel free to skip to the section/program that applies to you!

Microsoft Powerpoint

Here is our finished product ready to save/download:

Click on File in the top left corner then choose “Save As.” Choosing just “Save” will not get you where you need to be!

Click on browse, choose where you want to save your design, then give it an appropriate name.

Before saving, click on the drop down menu next to “Save as Type” and choose either .JPG or .PNG (It doesn’t matter which one – they will both work when uploading the banner)

Finally, click on “Save” and your file will be saved to the destination path you chose.

Google Slides

Here is our finished product ready to save/download:

Click on File in the top left corner then hover over the “Download” arrow. 

Choose either .JPG or .PNG (It doesn’t matter which one – they will both work when uploading the banner)

Once you’ve clicked on the file type, Google will automatically download the file to your desktop 

It typically goes to your “Downloads” folder, but this is dependent on where you set your default downloads to go for your personal computer/laptop.

Canva

Here is our finished product ready to save/download:

Click on the download arrow in the top right corner. 

The file type is the first choice you will see. Pick either .JPG or .PNG (It doesn’t matter which one – they will both work when uploading the banner). Luckily for us, the default is already set to PNG!

Finally, click on download, and Canva will automatically download the file to your desktop 

It typically goes to your “Downloads” folder, but this is dependent on where you set your default downloads to go for your personal computer/laptop.

Uploading Your Custom Banner to Google Classroom

The last step is to take our newly-created custom banner and upload it to Google Classroom. 

Regardless of how you created your banner, this is now a universal step, and we no longer need to delve into different sections.

First, head over to Google Classroom, log into your account, then choose the class that you want to edit.

Uploading Your Custom Google Classroom Banner

Locate your banner at the top center of your screen. By default you will be in the class “Stream.”

Uploading Your Custom Google Classroom Banner

In the bottom right-hand corner, click on “Upload photo.” This will NOT work if you click on “Select theme.”

Uploading Your Custom Google Classroom Banner

At this point, either drag and drop your downloaded banner, or click on “Select a photo from your computer” to find the file pathway.

Uploading Your Custom Google Classroom Banner

Your banner will be inserted, but you must size it appropriately before finishing.

Uploading Your Custom Google Classroom Banner

Simply drag the 4 corners to stretch the crop marks all the way out. It should fit perfectly since we’ve downloaded our banner to the exact sizing necessary.

Uploading Your Custom Google Classroom Banner

To finish, click on “Select class theme” and you are all set!

Uploading Your Custom Google Classroom Banner

Voila! Your custom Google Classroom banner is now uploaded and ready to go!

One Final Warning – Dimmed Banners

Although we are unsure why this occurs (Google, we are looking at you!), any custom banner that you upload will automatically be partially dimmed.

To compare, take a look at a standard theme vs. our custom banner:

  • Uploading Your Custom Google Classroom Banner

As you can see it’s kind of a bummer, but nothing too major.

Our biggest takeaway is to use vivid, bright colors to at least partially nullify the dimming effects from uploading your custom banner.

Final Thoughts on Creating a Custom Google Classroom Banner

After you complete the process once, it then becomes infinitely easier to replicate from there.

Just be sure to save a master copy of the blank template, and from there you won’t need to start from scratch! You can simply start from the design process and go from there.

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Decorate your Google Classroom with Custom Banners

I always say, if you can get your students on Google Classroom, they are one step closer to doing their work. That's why I use the Google Classroom Stream as the "four walls" of my virtual classroom, where I post announcements, anchor charts, community questions, and generally try to create a place that will encourage community building and class communication.

Using the Google Classroom banner to upload custom images can be a great way to make your online learning space a more interesting, informative, or engaging place to be.

5 Ways to Use Google Classroom Banners:

1. Let your class choose a class name, and upload a banner that represents that name/theme.

I like allowing my class to choose and vote on a class name, it typically brings a sense of community and unity to the group, plus I have a collective name to call them rather than "class" or "students."

Below is an example from the 7th graders last year, who hilariously named themselves Gary.

2. Find a Gif on Google Image Search

Did you know Google Classroom supports Gif files? They do! Sometimes a little moving image is just what you need to pump up the energy in your online space.

I've provided a few examples of different gif banners you could use in multiple content areas in the resources below, but if you'd like to search for your own, you can do so using the following criteria:

Google Image Search (type in search term, i.e. "dolphin)

Settings

Advanced Settings

Size: Large

Aspect Ratio: Panoramic

File Type: GIF File

3. Create your own poster/class norms

In the resources below I've also included a Google Drawings template that uses the dimensions needed to create a custom Google Classroom banner.

Consider adding images and text to create a "poster" that you might see on your brick-and-motor walls, like this one on our school norms.

4. Create your own anchor chart

You also might consider creating anchor charts for the units you are currently teaching, so your students get that quick reminder every time they logon.

5. Create your own "virtual classroom"

I've seen this trend floating around the EduTwitterSphere recently, where teachers are using their Bitmojis layered on top of a classroom image to replicate the classroom environment.

In this example, I've placed my Bitmoji on the image of the classroom from "Hey Arnold!" and then added a chalk board, where I can add daily messages to my students, which would be quick and easy to change on a daily or weekly basis. See how I update mine in one minute here and use the banner templatehere.

Additional Resources:

Google Classroom Banner Template

Click the image above to access a Google Classroom Banner Template. The link will ask you to "Make a Copy" of the document in your Google Drive.

Virtual Classroom Banner Template

Click the image above to access a Virtual Classroom Banner Template. The link will ask you to "Make a Copy" of the document in your Google Drive. Consider adding a Bitmoji to your room, and typing a message to your students on the chalk board.

Gif Banners

Banner courtesy of Be Your Best Teacher

Banner courtesy of The New Yorker

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Banner courtesy of Router Jockey

Banner courtesy of 3D IMO

Banner courtesy of GIPHY

Banner courtesy of GIPHY

Banner courtesy of GIPHY

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With so many more teachers jumping into Google Classroom this year, I wanted to share a quick tip to personalize this space. Google Classroom lets you update the theme to help differentiate your classes. This way, students can see on their dashboard the different courses that they are a part of, all with varying header images chosen by their teachers. Learn the steps for creating your own Google Classroom banner and customizing the header image for Google Classroom.

In this blog post, I’ll share a strategy to let you further customize these banner images. Using Spark Post, you can create a graphic to upload right into Google Classroom. I’m a big fan of the Adobe Spark tools, and Ben Forta and I even wrote a book about ways to use this powerful creation tool. You can learn all about our book here.

Let’s dive into the steps for creating your own Google Classroom banner!

How to Create a Custom Google Classroom Banner

In the steps below, you’ll see screenshots from Google Classroom and Adobe Spark’s website. In addition to using Spark Post on the web, there is an Android and iOS app you can use, too.

What size is the header in Google Classroom?

As I’m writing this to you today, the best dimensions to use are 1600 x 400 pixels. If Google Classroom gets an update, these dimensions might change, but you have the option to crop the image. So if you have a picture that isn’t the perfect size, you can trim it to fit better.

Learn the steps for creating your own Google Classroom banner and customizing the header image for Google Classroom.

To create your customized Google Classroom banner, head over to Adobe Spark’s website. Choose the Custom Size Graphic option, as you see in the screenshot above. Then type in the dimensions of 1600 for the length and 400 for the width. Make sure that you choose pixels as the measurement of length.

Learn the steps for creating your own Google Classroom banner and customizing the header image for Google Classroom.

What should I put on my Google Classroom banner?

First, choose a color for your banner that you plan to stick with over the school year. A bright or bold color works best. You can change the color using the options on the right hand side of the screen.

Learn the steps for creating your own Google Classroom banner and customizing the header image for Google Classroom.

Specific information will automatically appear when you are in Google Classroom, including the class and code. This information will appear layered over your image, so you don’t need to add this to your custom banner. Instead, you might put a reminder, like the time of your weekly or daily meetings, or other information you know students will want regular access to throughout the year.

Learn the steps for creating your own Google Classroom banner and customizing the header image for Google Classroom.

In the example I’ve shared with you, I added a reminder about the times for live Q&A each day and a quick Welcome! message. Here are a few more ideas:

  • Bit.ly link to a breakout room
  • Teacher email
  • Class website link
  • Class slogan
  • Teacher Bitmoji

Tip: Place any information you add in the center of the screen. This way, you won’t have any additional text (classroom name, Google Meet code, etc.) covering up the message you’ve added.

How do you change the banner image in Google Classroom?

Once you’ve made your banner, you can download it as a JPG file. This action will save it to your computer, and you will then upload it to Google Classroom. When you’re back on your classroom page, open up the class you’d like to customize. On the bottom right-hand corner, you’ll see a link that says “Upload photo.” This button lets you select an image to add to the background.

Learn the steps for creating your own Google Classroom banner and customizing the header image for Google Classroom.

You may be prompted to crop the image or reposition it. With the dimensions I gave you at the top of the post, you should be all set. Just stretch the corners to make sure your entire image fills up the space.

Learn the steps for creating your own Google Classroom banner and customizing the header image for Google Classroom.

Since you can update the cover by quickly uploading a new file, you might jump into Spark and make a few edits to your image if you ever need to update information. You might change up the header’s information once a month or put a seasonal icon as you enter a new time of year. To make sure any changes aren’t confusing for students, I would recommend sticking with the same background color throughout the school year.

If you’re looking for a few more Adobe Spark combos, here are a couple to explore:

I can’t wait to see what you create with Spark Post! If you want to share your covers on social media, make sure to use the hashtag #AdobeEduCreative in your social posts. Use this link to get started with Spark for Education.

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How to Create a Custom Banner for Google Classroom

Use these Google Classroom Banners or Create Your Own with this Free Template

Did you know that you can create your own custom banners for your Google Classroom? Enjoy these 24 ready-to-use banners or make your own using the included template!

This is a fun and easy way to personalize your Google Classroom - use a custom banner! The banners in this free, editable template were designed to intentionally have the text on the right hand side, so as not to be covered up by the Google Classroom title and information which is automatically on the left. I have included a variety of color themes, and you will be able to change them if you wish, as well as being able to edit the font, font color, and text for your own class name. Change out the Bitmoji for your own.

A common question is how do you remove the dark overlay that appears once you save the picture, and the answer is that you cannot. For this reason, I choose to use bold shapes and vivid colors that display well, even with the darkening that occurs. I see several different grade levels, so I plan to use a different colored banner for each grade. I may change the banners throughout the year, as my students enjoyed that last year!

Please let me know if you enjoy this FREE teacher resource by clicking the or leaving a comment below! I work hard to help other educators have FUN using technology and love to know if it is enjoyed. Join the Teachers Using Tech FB Groupfor even more sharing by our members of free resources! Info is below to follow Teachers Using Tech on Social Media and you can see other helpful blog posts here. Also, you might enjoy the new Free Teacher Resources sectionon our website. Click here to make a free copy of the Google Classroom Banners to use: Google Classroom Banner Templates.

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How to Lighten Your Google Classroom Banner Image

How to lighten your google classroom banner image

One of our most popular blog posts to date is, “How to Create a Custom Theme in Google Classroom,” and it’s no secret why, especially now with all of the virtual learning happening. Teachers work tirelessly to create engaging and unique content online for their students. And Google Classroom is the hub and jump-off point that students visit over and over, so this space should be engaging and unique. And what better way to do this than creating a custom theme? It’s so quick and easy, yet impactful. Please be sure to visit our original post to learn how to create a custom theme if you’re not sure how. And please note, when I say “theme,” I’m referring to the banner at the top of the Stream.

To follow up on our ever popular post comes the prevalent question: Why does Google dim my custom banner? It can be infuriating to spend so much time creating something just the way you want it, only to upload it to Google Classroom and have it darkened. I really wish this was a post to tell you how to permanently lighten your dimmed banner, but unfortunately, it’s not. At this moment, there is no way to get around the dreaded dimmed banner.

Since teachers are constantly coming to us asking about this, we thought it’d be helpful to discuss a few things:

  1. Why Google dims custom themes (banners)
  2. How to request Google to change this feature
  3. BONUS – link to an updated custom theme/banner template (Google changed the size since our original post)

WHY THE DIM:

Let’s take a minute to understand why Google dims the banner for us. Google dims custom banners to increase readability. If you have a banner that’s super light, or even white, in certain areas, you may unknowingly hide information that’s super important for you and your students. Please see the images below for reference:

Google’s dimming of the custom image provides readability for the important class information located in the upper, left corner and the edit options in the lower, right corner of the banner.

When I manually remove Google’s readability features (this is just a temporary fix), then the important class information becomes completely hidden:

White is in. We love our clean designs these days – myself included. Maybe Google feels as if many of us would unintentionally hide these important links? I’m not exactly sure if that’s the reason, but it’s definitely an educated guess! This hypothesis leads me perfectly into part 2…

HOW TO REQUEST A CHANGE:

Shouldn’t we be trusted to make our own design decisions? I believe teachers can handle the responsibility of custom design in Google Classroom and that Google should give teachers the responsibility to remove the dimming feature, if they choose. This would require a change, but luckily, Google is always changing. And they make changes based on user feedback – it’s one of my favorite things about Google. They truly want your input, and they listen to it. It’s how they’ve become so awesome and just keep getting better. 

Here’s how you can provide Google Classroom feedback (i.e. Beg that they make the dimmed banner optional!). These steps are copied from Google’s Support Page (visit to learn more about optional features such as submitting screenshots with feedback):

  1. Go to classroom.google.com.
  2. Click the class.
  3. At the bottom left, click Help Report issue or request feature.
  4. Enter your comment.
  5. Click Done.
  6. Click Send.

It’s worth taking the few minutes it takes to send this feedback – the more of us that ask for the change, the more likely we will see it! 

But for now, at least we have the option to upload a custom theme into Google Classroom at all. I guess we have to be thankful for what we do have. 

We have one more treat for you to make your custom theme journey just a bit easier.

UPDATED GOOGLE CLASSROOM CUSTOM TEMPLATE

As stated many times in this post already, Google loves change, and while this is a positive trait, it also keeps us users on our toes. Since we last posted about creating a custom theme in Classroom, they have changed the size of the Classroom banner. I have created an updated, Google Drawing template that has the correct dimensions as of February, 2021. Click here to access this template. Be sure to make a copy of this template versus requesting edit access. Making a copy allows you to make your very own Drawing while preserving the original template for others to copy as well.

So there you have it, folks. I know it’s not the answer you were looking for – I wish I had a better one. But if we all take action, I bet we will see a change soon. What do you do to help you deal with the dim? Please comment below!

Katie Christie is a Google Certified Educator, Innovator, Trainer, and past LearnZillion DreamTeam member. She currently works with the EdTechTeam as a Spotlight Speaker, Online Lead, Keynote, and Blogger. In 2015, she worked as a partner with Google to help rewrite the Google Certification Training Center content. Katie most recently worked as the Technology Integration Specialist at Runyon Elementary School in Littleton, Colorado. She has nine years of experience in the classroom. She spent her first 4 years of teaching in Shaker Heights City Schools in Ohio, a district known for its academic excellence and cultural diversity. Then she had the incredible experience of teaching and learning in a 1:1 Linux-based netbook 5th grade classroom in Littleton, Colorado for 4 years where Google Apps for Education was integrated seamlessly into the curriculum. Katie has been a Lead Learner for the Google Teacher Academy (now known as the Google Innovator Academy) numerous times and helped with the selection process for each Academy. Katie enjoys sharing her passion for effective technology integration in the classroom by networking with other educators, whether the connection happens online or face-to-face.

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