Basic Image Editing in Google Drive Gallery

You probably have some image editing software on your computer, whether it’s something as simple as MS Paint or as complex and powerful as Photoshop or GIMP. If you work on a Chromebook you have the worthy Pixlr to do the same sort of things in the cloud.

When you take a screenshot to include in your blog post, slide presentation or report, you can use any of these tools to annotate, resize, crop and so on until you have what you need.

This does, however, require you to save the image, start the new application, do your image processing, save the image again, return to Drive ….. it can be a little tedious, especially when you just wanted to crop an image or lighten/darken it a little.

When this is the case, remember that you can do some basic editing right in the Drive Gallery. Here’s the (in this case, Chromebook) Files application after I’ve taken a screenshot:

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After popping up the menu with a right-click I select Gallery:

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Note the tools icons at the bottom eight. By clicking the ‘pencil’ I can get access to some basic editing tools in the lower center of the display:

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Here I can crop, rotate and tweak the brightness of images right within Drive.

A BONUS TIP FOR CHROMEBOOK USERS

You probably know that you can take a screenshot by holding down Control and pressing the window switcher key. To get a partial screenshot you can, of course, do this and then crop the image as detailed above. An easier way, though, is to take a partial screenshot by holding down Control and Shift before pressing the window switcher key. The cursor will then change to a crosshair and you can select the desired region to grab by clicking and dragging a rectangle.