Tip: Choosing an image for your template

Tips for choosing the size, format and colors of your image. Also, ideas for where to get an image for your template.

When choosing an image for your template you might want to consider...

The size of your image

Keep in mind that you have a lot more horizontal space than you have vertical space. You might want to make your template longer than it is tall. For example, if you're making a table with 8 rows and 3 columns, swap the rows and columns to make it a 3 rows and 8 columns instead.

The colors in your image

What colors will pop out on your canvas background? Dark colors may not show up well.

The file type of your image

Do you want a .jpg image or a .png image? Use the table below to help you decide.

.jpg .png
A .jpg image will always have a solid background. A transparent .png image will have a transparent background.

Getting an image

To get a template image you can

  • Find an image online and save it to your computer
  • Copy and paste an image or screenshot onto your canvas
  • Create a new image

Creating an image with Microsoft™ PowerPoint®

Microsoft PowerPoint can export both .jpg and .png images. Use the shapes in the Insert toolbar to design your own template.

Once you're done creating your design

  1. Select everything you want to include in your image

  1. Right-click on the selection and choose Save as picture

  1. Save the type of file as either a .jpg for a solid background, or a .png for a transparent background

Once you have your image, follow the instructions in the Adding images article to add it to your canvas.

Afterwards, follow the steps in the Creating your own template article to convert it into a template.


Here's a sample template to get you started:

Download template

*The template will download as a .zip file, which you can browse to and open in Span Workspace.

Last updated: January 16, 2019

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