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How To Custom Backgrounds For Google Jamboard Using Canva

    Google Jamboard allows you to add your own background. This has many benefits for collaborative whiteboarding! You can create custom backgrounds for Google Jamboard using many different methods. We’ll show you how to app-smash Canva with Google Jamboard to make your creations even more impressive!

    Canva is a simple-to-use graphic designing app that offers unlimited possibilities. You can create a customized background in Google Jamboard by following these simple steps. To get the exact dimensions of your creation in Canva, first search for “onlinewhiteboard” in Canva. You can choose from one the many pre-built templates available or you can create your own.

    Are you eager to find out more about this? Continue reading to learn more about how you can use Google Jamboard and Canva to create amazing apps! Expect to be astonished at the creative creations you can make with minimal time.

    How to Access Canva

    To get started, go to To create your first project, you will need an account. You can sign up with Google, Facebook and your email to create an Account.

    Canva sign up options

    If Canva is new to you, we recommend that you listen to the podcast episode. It covers how Canva can be used for creating classroom resources. This episode is a great place to begin learning the basics of Canva. Listen here or in your favorite podcasting application, such as Apple Podcasts (Google Podcasts), or Spotify.

    Canva Education Account

    Are you a K-12 educator? Canva for Education allows you to access a variety of professional features and images. It’s worth the investment to create classes or publish assignments and activities for students.

    To obtain your Canva for Education subscription, you must fill out the educator registration. It is important to complete the registration form to show you are eligible. You must also include proof of your teaching qualifications. However, it is well worth the effort to get amazing custom backgrounds for Google Jamboard.

    Search Canva Online Whiteboard Templates

    Google Jamboard can be customized quickly and easily using Canva’s “online whiteboard” templates.

    Once you’ve completed the search and chosen “Online Whiteboard”, you’ll be taken immediately to a page full of pre-built templates. Or you can pick the blank canvas and design your own. Canva is a great tool to create custom backgrounds in Google Jamboard. It will automatically choose the right background size for you Jamboard background template, 1920 by 1080 pixels.

    There are so many templates to choose from that you’ll be compelled to explore them all.

    Canva’s Online Whiteboard Templates: All the options

    Canva has a pre-built template that you can use

    This is the easiest way for you to begin designing with Canva. You can easily customize a pre-built template to suit your needs. You can click on a template close to what you are looking for, or click the three dots and select Use this Template. The three dots menu allows you to view the template in a preview.

    You have several options for each Canva whiteboard template

    There are many details you can get when you preview a template. The preview shows you an image of the template. You also see the colours, fonts and graphics used. It even suggests search keywords. Even if the design is not exactly what you want, you can still preview it to see if something better fits your needs.

    Canva templates preview

    You can use this template as a good starting point. Once you have selected your starting template you can make any changes to the background, elements, and so forth. By clicking on the template and changing its properties. Check out our podcast episode on Canva’s editing capabilities.

    Use Canva’s Blank Template to Design Your Custom Backgrounds For Google Jamboard

    Sometimes you might already know exactly what you want, so it is easier to start with blank canvas than to edit one that you have. If you feel this is more practical, you can click on “Create a blank Online Whiteboard” to get designing.

    Canva lets users create blank whiteboards online

    The best thing about this option? It can be used to create backgrounds for Google Jamboard! Canva makes it so simple to design with that you don’t even have the time to think about it.

    There are no limits once you have your blank slate. For a truly customized background, you can add text, elements, and photographs to your background images.

    Canva makes it easy to create GIFs with Canva.

    A great way to make GIF’s is to add stickers or video clips in your Canva design. We recommend you start with stickers. Search under the “Elements” side menu tab to locate appropriate stickers.

    When you are in Elements, stickers will appear as a category. Click on “See All”, and you can browse all of them. You can also search the toolbar to type in your search phrase PLUS sticker. This will help you narrow your search to quickly find what you’re looking for.

    Canva GIF Stickers

    Once you have found the sticker you want, click on it and it will be added to your design. You can adjust its size, move it and/or rotate it from there.

    Canva allows you to download your customized background for Google Jamboard

    Once you’ve created your custom backgrounds, you will need to download the image for your Google Jamboard template. This process can vary depending on whether you created a GIF or a still image.

    If your image is a still image you will click on “Download”. The suggested file format for PNG will be used. You can click on the purple button to begin your file download.

    Canva provides options for downloading PNG files from Canva

    Your process to download your GIF containing stickers and/or video is slightly different if your design includes videos. When you click “Download”, the suggested format is usually a MP4 video file. Google Jamboard won’t accept this format. To change this click on the dropdown menu in the suggested format section. Scroll down to the bottom and select GIF. You can click on the big, purple download button to initiate your file download.

    Canva provides options to download GIF files from Canva

    Google Jamboard – Add your Canva Design image or GIF to Google Jamboard

    After you have saved your image (PNG/GIF) file, there’s one more thing to do. To begin, create a Jamboard. You can do this by using the create button within Google Drive. Or, you can simply open a new browser tab and type Be sure to name the Jam file so that it can be found easily later.

    To upload your image for a custom background click on “Set Hintergrund”, select “Image” then upload your file. Uploading PNG or GIF files is possible here.

    If you need further assistance, please let us know. Our detailed step-by–step guide will show you how to create a custom Google Jamboard background.

    Check out our podcast episode about Google Jamboard for some basic information! Listen here or in your preferred podcasting app (e.g. Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify).

    We’ve made several custom backgrounds to Google Jamboard.

    We have now shown you how to set-up and create your custom backgrounds for Google Jamboard. Here are some examples that we’ve created.

    To receive a copy, please fill out the form below. We’ll send them to your email.

    Get Your Jamboard templates Here

    Now you’re done.

    After going through this process several times, it will feel like an easy way to create designs and improve your Google Jamboard templates. The best thing about custom backgrounds on Google Jamboard is the ability to add one for each frame. With Canva, you can easily create beautiful designs with very little effort.

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