Creating and inserting a new drawing via the inbuilt Drawing tool (Insert > Drawing > New) in Google Docs results in images of noticeably lower resolution when compared to adjacent text, both within the app and when a document is downloaded as a PDF:

Screenshot of document as PDF

Link to shared doc as example: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15QcIhrXCdR59278oW3Iy7MzH0nfJLSQ7jijcvm-UMTc/edit?usp=sharing

The figure is noticeably 'blurry'. Is there any procedure or workaround that would allow for the image to be sharper than this?


I frequently find myself wanting to insert drawings and/or text boxes into gdocs. Google Draw is a pitiful tool. For some reason, the drawing capacity is so much better in Google slides. Plus they have a lot of really advanced diagrams (Insert - diagram0.

Basically, I make my graphic or text box in slides. Then I go to present mode. Take a screen shot (use either Print Screen button or Shift + Print screen). Then I open this up in a simple photo editing program (even Microsoft Paint). Crop and save as PNG. And then insert THAT into my gdocs.

It's a work around but you end up with much better quality graphics. For some reason, you can't just cut and paste the graphic straight out of the slides into the gdoc. But you can cut and paste between slides presentations.

I just did this with a "blurry text box" and it is much nicer done this way.

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  • Why not just in Slides, go File -> Download -> PNG/JPEG/SVG current slide? It's faster that way. It would be preferable to choose SVG since it is scalable and doesn't get blurry. – Victor Resnov Mar 10 at 17:28

I found a workaround in downloading the drawing in .svg format (from the Drawing window: Actions > Download as > Scalable Vector Graphics) and then opening this file in a browser, screenshotting it, then inserting it as an image into the document. Much better resolution.

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  • This is how I was resolving this too. Some things I need images in don't support SVG, so downloading as SVG and screenshotting in order to circumvent the crazy amount of lossy compression applied to png and jpg downloads is a bit inconvenient. If you have imagemagick and the convert command you can use convert -size '2000x' picture.svg picture.png to convert to png. 2000 here is the width of the output, you can change it to whatever output quality you want, which works well because svg scales. – theferrit32 Apr 16 at 0:35

I've observed similar blurriness in embedded drawings created entirely within the Google Doc, but sharper results when inserting a separate Google Drawing.

Create a Google Drawing in drive and then Insert -> Drawing -> From Drive.

Google Docs Add Drawing Menu

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Assuming you have already inserted the image with Insert->Drawing->From Drive (as explained by https://webapps.stackexchange.com/a/135887), then if the image is still blurry:

In google drawing: File -> Page Setup -> Increase the page size (e.g. 10x what you had originally, or 25" x whatever). The image in google drawing should autoscale (and it will look identical).

In google docs, update the image (hover over it, click update). The resolution should improve.

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These I find to be the quickest methods:

  1. Make a separate drawing in some folder for your document, then insert them through the Drive;
  2. Make a separate drawing in some folder for your document, then download the drawing as an image (preferably SVG because it's scalable and won't go blurry when enlarged), then insert that as an image on your document; or
  3. Make it in Google Slides, then export the current slide as an image (preferably SVG because it's scalable and won't go blurry when enlarged), then insert that as an image on your document.

I also recommend increasing the size of the image to at least 4K or more equivalent size (basically, a large resolution). This way, the image is clear and high-quality when enlarged. 4K 16:9 resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels, and 8K (I recommend, but download sizes will increase) resolution is 7680 x 4320 pixels. You can also change the scaling to whatever you like afterwards, but try to have an image size that's generally large, in that range, to maximize quality (small images will be blurry no matter what).

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It gives me no joy that this is the answer, but I think it's what you're looking for:

  1. insert a new google drawing into the google document.
  2. make a bounding box as a placeholder and save and close.
  3. make the empty box twice the size of what you intend it to be.
  4. draw your drawing.
  5. resize your drawing to fill the allowable space and then save & close.
  6. now make the inserted google drawing the correct size within the google doc.

this worked for me just now.

EDIT: this doesn't seem to last after closing and re-opening the document :(

I'm leaving the answer because if you save a PDF after doing this, it will reflect the high resolution in the PDF... but as soon as you reload, you have to scale up, edit, scale down again.

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