How to Create Personalized Images in Bulk with Google Sheets

Learn how to auto-generate personalized images in bulk with Google Sheets. You can create uniqe and personalized business cards, employee badges, student certificats and more with minimal effort.

Yesterday marked Friendship Day, and to celebrate, I sent a personalized image to each of my friends via WhatsApp. The images were created in bulk, but each graphic had the person’s name, making the greetings unique and heartfelt.

To achieve this, I did employ some automation. First, I gathered the names of my friends in a Google Sheet. Then, I designed a graphic template in Canva and imported the design in Google Slides. The template had a placeholder - {{Friend's Name}} - that would be replaced with actual values from the Google Sheet.

The Source Template

Here’s the source data and the image template. The placeholder {{Friend's Name}} in a graphic was replaced with actual values from the Google Sheet.

Customer data and image template

The Generated Graphic

And here is the completed deck in Google Slides, where each slide is generated from individual rows of the Google Sheet. You may notice that the names are distinct on every slide for personalization.

The best part is that the customization options aren’t just limited to text - you can also add unique QR Codes, profile pictures and more for more personalization.

Personalized Graphic Designs

How to Auto-Generate Images in Bulk

For those interested in creating personalized images, it’s a simple process.

Start by creating a template with a single slide in Google Slides, adjusting the deck size to match your desired output image size. Then, populate a Google Sheet with the personalization data. Each row of the sheet will generate a unique image.

Install the Document Studio add-on and follow the getting started guide to create a new workflow. For this particular task, I selected the Append (Combine) task, as it allowed me to generate a combined deck containing all the personalized images.

Append Google Slides

  1. Next, select the Google Slides template from your Google Drive that contains your base design. Document Studio will automatically create a new deck to house your auto-generated designs but you can also pick an existing deck from the target presentation field.

Google Slides Template

  1. Save your workflow and choose the Run option to generate your personalized images. Document Studio will automatically generate images for each row of the spreadsheet, but you also have the option to select rows for which the images should be generated.

Create Images from Spreadsheet

Click the Run workflow button, and your personalized images will be ready in no time.

The possibilities are endless. You may use Document Studio to create quiz certificates, business cards, employee IDs, wedding place cards and other designs that necessitate only minimal text changes.

Give Document Studio a try and surprise your friends and family with personalized images for any occasion!

Amit Agarwal

Amit Agarwal

Google Developer Expert, Google Cloud Champion

Amit Agarwal is a Google Developer Expert in Google Workspace and Google Apps Script. He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science (I.I.T.) and is the first professional blogger in India.

Amit has developed several popular Google add-ons including Mail Merge for Gmail and Document Studio. Read more on Lifehacker and YourStory


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