39 Comments

  1. Todd Hartwig
    January 14, 2020 @ 1:16 pm

    Is there a way to lighten the final banner displayed in Classroom. It is very bright and vibrant in Google Drawings, but the conversion on Classroom makes it very difficult to see the brighter objects

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  2. Adrienne Stanford
    March 31, 2020 @ 11:09 am

    Thank you for this. When I followed the steps and selected the file to use as my theme, it came out darkened. It looks as if there is a layer of dark grey over the whole thing. Have you heard of that happening? Is there a fix?

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  3. Kate
    March 31, 2020 @ 6:17 pm

    Great instructions. How do you replace the old banner instead of overlaying them?

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  4. Mike
    April 1, 2020 @ 10:04 am

    Is there a way to post the new picture without Google Classroom making it darker? The white background is grey, not clear.

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  5. Debbie Farrington
    April 3, 2020 @ 10:08 am

    Why does mine come out with gray color? It doesn’t matter if I put a colored box behind it, it’s gray.

    Thank you,
    Deb

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  6. Dena
    April 10, 2020 @ 8:49 am

    Do you find it darkens the photo when you add your own header? Every time I add my own one the photo appears faded and darker.

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  7. J. V.
    April 13, 2020 @ 11:50 am

    Hi Christina,

    I had a question about selecting a theme in Google Classroom. I added a photo from my own computer to the banner in my classroom. When I did this the colour of the text, headings, icons etc. changed to all black. I find this hard on the eyes so I went in and selected a theme so that some of the text would have colour again. When I did this it erased by photo and put the theme picture in the banner. I then went and uploaded the photo again thinking that the colour of the text would stay as is, but it all reverted to black again. How can I get the colour of the text to stay the same as the selected theme but still upload a personal photo to the banner?

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  8. Jennifer
    April 16, 2020 @ 12:52 pm

    Great video and info but noticed that the image is really dark, is there anyway to make it look brigher?

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  9. Rebecca Aaronson
    April 22, 2020 @ 1:23 pm

    Why is is completely grayed out when it looks fine in google drawings? Nothing I upload to Google Classroom looks good. It looks like a gray filter has been superimposed on the image. Only their preset ones come out looking any good at all. What am I doing wrong?

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  10. Kellu
    April 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

    Is there a way to make the name of the page smaller or move it on the page??

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  11. sam
    April 26, 2020 @ 9:00 am

    This is awesome! thank you! Wondering why my image looks darker when I uploaded it as the banner? Also, does it default to a green theme once you upload a photo. I prefer my blue icons… any idea?

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  12. Madeline
    May 19, 2020 @ 3:10 pm

    Oh my God…I shed some inner tears because your instructions finally helped me!

    Thank you!!!

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  13. Connie
    May 28, 2020 @ 11:55 am

    THANKS! The steps were perfect for what I needed. : )

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  14. Michelle Keon
    June 4, 2020 @ 6:45 am

    Thanks so much for this! It was very helpful. When I put the image…or any image in, it goes darker. Do you know a way to prevent this?

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  15. meir shkedi
    June 7, 2020 @ 11:15 am

    hi

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  16. Carol Neves
    June 15, 2020 @ 10:55 am

    I think it’s great that we can create our own headers and use that creativity to engage our students, however, when I download the image as a png. and then upload to the header for my Google Classroom it looks dingy and grayed out. I think this needs to be fixed, otherwise, what’s the point? You’re working with teachers, after all, and we are (for the most part) perfectionists. Who do we need to talk to about this? I’ve sent feedback and visited the Help Community. Thanks for any help you can provide.

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  17. Kelly
    June 25, 2020 @ 7:55 am

    When I uploaded the JPEG I found that Google Classroom added a “shade” layer over the top of the banner so the pictures and colour are hard to see. How do I fix that?

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  18. Carol
    July 17, 2020 @ 5:01 pm

    Why do my pictures look so dark? Is there a way to brighten them?
    Thanks! 🙂

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  19. Lindsey
    July 18, 2020 @ 6:34 pm

    I’m using your template and I made sure the pixels are 1000×250, but it doesn’t fit into the box of my banner. My image is cut off. I wish I could send a screen shot.

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  20. anne
    July 24, 2020 @ 6:45 am

    Hi, my header becomes gray when I uploaded my banner. Is there a fix to this? Thanks!

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  21. Megan Tolbert
    August 9, 2020 @ 7:14 am

    Is there a way to predetermine what color appears as a result of your theme? It seems that anytime I change my header I end up with a color theme for my topics/etc that I don’t like. I’ve tried making the color I want (for my topics and such) a dominate color on the header, but it doesn’t seem to matter. Thanks!

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  22. Lee L Libby
    August 10, 2020 @ 4:05 pm

    This doesn’t work because classroom now greys out pics on the banner.

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  23. Cathy Frazier
    August 12, 2020 @ 8:14 pm

    I inserted a photo of my actual classroom but I DO NOT LIKE that Google Classroom automatically darkens the theme so the silly white print shows up. My photo looks awful! I lightened it up as much as I could without losing all quality before inserting it but it still looks terrible. I am so disappointed. Please let me make the choice of darkening the photo or changing the color of the print if need be, don’t make it impossible for me to use a photo. If there is a way I can fix this, please let me know, but I Googled the topic and, although I found many people who, like me, do not want the automatic darkening, I could not find anything I could do about it. Thank you.

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  24. Cindy Modrich
    August 17, 2020 @ 7:39 am

    I followed your steps and it worked perfectly – except that the image is not the right color. It has a grey mask over it. How do I change that?

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  25. Tina Kritikos
    August 22, 2020 @ 11:09 am

    When I upload my image to google classroom, it comes out dark and shaded. Can you tell me how to fix it?
    Thanks

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  26. Lisa Haislip
    August 25, 2020 @ 1:25 pm

    Hello,
    The tutorial on creating custom GC headers in Google Draw was very helpful and easy to follow. The problem I’m having is that when I try to insert the custom header, it is grayed-out. I looked into it and, apparently, Google designed it this way on purpose and has no immediate plans of changing it, resulting in washed-out images. Additionally, the pre-determined info Google has programmed into the header overwrites my custom header. Is there a fix for this, or are teachers stuck using the boring pre-made headers Google offers?

    Thanks very much!

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  27. kendra sulfaro
    August 26, 2020 @ 12:37 pm

    I have followed all of the steps above and uploaded my custom image but the background of the image is grey and my bitmoji is somewhat transparent. The header is dark even though the background color I chose was a light blue.

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  28. Cali Teacher
    August 29, 2020 @ 3:31 pm

    This is lovely. However, why does Google then dim the hue of the colors of the artwork? Nothing looks right when you make your own.

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  29. Carter Jones
    August 31, 2020 @ 8:47 am

    Pretty crummy how Classroom automatically dims any custom photos uploaded in this fashion. An official response explained it was so students with visual accessibility needs could still see the text, but I find it hard to believe that instructors using custom images in this fashion would ignore those needs.

    Posting this comment in hopes that enough people feel the same way and Google responds to the issue.

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    • A. Frapanic
      September 3, 2020 @ 8:22 am

      I absolutely agree!

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    • Megan
      September 5, 2020 @ 8:52 am

      Did you ever hear back about this??

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    • Frederic Blais-Belanger
      September 15, 2020 @ 2:32 pm

      I do feel the same way. I am an art teacher and for the first project this year, I asked my students to draw a header representing their vision of Arts and multimedia. One of the criteria was to think about the space where the text would appear; to think about the colors and shadings they are using in order to keep the text readable.

      All of my students worked with nice colors and put time and energy through that project, and now the result is being dimmed down by Google… it’s sad, really.

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  30. Amber
    September 3, 2020 @ 6:38 am

    But how do I keep the color coding for secondary students (and teachers) with multiple classes? Whenever I upload my own photo, it changes the class icon to black.

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  31. Natalie Sorenson
    September 13, 2020 @ 12:02 pm

    The auto dimming is the precise reason I came to this page, looking for a “turn off auto dimming” option. I’m sad to see it doesn’t yet exist.

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  32. Iryna
    September 15, 2020 @ 4:14 am

    Lots of thanks to the author, I tried and it turned round really nice. On the other hand, I absolutely agree with Carter Jones, It’s disgusting to see the custom theme shadowed. This shadowing makes the picture look awful!

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  33. Beatriz hernandez
    October 20, 2020 @ 7:01 pm

    THANK YOU THIS IS AN AMAZING PAGE, LOVED IT.. AND I CREATE MY BANNER…
    BUT THE ONLY THING IS THE BANNER LOOKS VERY DARK NO BRIGHT COLORS LIKE THE ONES THAT ARE READY TO USE IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM
    SO I JUST WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW TO CHANGE THAT. THANK YOU

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  34. sonu bairwa
    October 21, 2020 @ 10:27 am

    How to Create a Custom Theme in Google Classroom
    amazing answer.thanks
    my question: what is url ?

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  35. Ramon Sanromà Aragonés
    November 4, 2020 @ 12:36 am

    Thanks a lot. Clear, short, to the point.
    Very useful.

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  36. Jenn
    January 10, 2021 @ 6:51 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this, your directions were easy to follow. I agree with the other comment about Google dimming the picture. I was just going to google how to fix that!!

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