How to Fit a Curve in Google Docs

By Kevin Lee

Your mouse becomes a paint brush when you draw on Google documents.
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Curve tools make it possible for you to draw curves and shapes on images quickly using your mouse. Simply click different points along a path as you move your mouse and an image editor creates a curve for you. You’ll find a tool that draws curves helpful when creating shapes for business documents as well as enhancing images that reside on your business’s website. Google Docs has a drawing editor that can help you fit curves on your images using your mouse.

Navigate to your Google Docs account and log in if necessary. Click "Create" and then click "Drawing." A new tab or new window opens and displays a new drawing canvas inside the editor.

Click "Insert" and select "Image" to view the Insert Image dialog window. Click "Choose an Image to Upload" and then double-click the image file you'd like to upload from the File Upload window. Google Docs uploads the image and displays it in the editor.

Click "Insert" again, click "Line" and then click "Curve" to select the "Curve" tool.

Click the part of the drawing where you would like your curve to begin, drag the mouse a short distance and click the drawing canvas. The editor draws a line segment between your starting point and ending point.

Move your mouse a short distance in a new direction and click the canvas again. The editor extends the curve from the previous ending point to the point where you clicked. Continue moving the mouse and clicking points to draw the desired curve.

Double-click the canvas when you finish drawing your curve.


With a little practice, you will be able to draw shapes, logos and even pictures using this method. If you'd like to create a closed shape, double-click your curve's starting point. Draw an oval, for instance, double-click it's starting point and the editor creates a closed oval shape.

If you draw a closed shape, the editor fills it with a solid color. Change that color if you like by clicking the "Select" tool, clicking the shape and then clicking "Fill Color" to view a menu containing colors. Click a color to change the shape's fill color. Click "Transparent" to make the background transparent.

These steps describe fitting a curve on top of an existing image. You can also draw a curve or shape on the drawing canvas itself without uploading an image.