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Is there a way to insert an image into a Google Docs document when creating it by template?

  • 24 January 2020
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Hey all. I have a zap set up to create a PDF version of a digital contract - and I'm using a Google Docs template to make it happen. Everything works great, except I need to insert an image of the captured digital signature... and I can't figure out how to insert a custom image into a Google Docs template.

For those that aren't intimately familiar with personalizing a form with a Google Docs template, you create your document template with tags like {{FirstName}}, {{PhoneNumber}}, etc.  

Then, in Zapier, those tags are identified and you can map data into the template in this manner.

I am trying to figure out how to insert or embed an image into a Google template. I have the image hosted on my server so I'm looking to somehow insert it via URL. I could also use Google Drive to host the image... but I can't figure out how to insert an image by template.

Is anyone aware of a way to insert an image when creating a doc from template in Zapier? Maybe it's not possible. Thanks in advance!


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Hey there - It's possible with a little bit of HTML.

I've created a zap here for you to see what I've done... But hopefully you can see that I've added a little bit of HTML in the Doc creation task to embed the image like so:

<img src="{{76788015__thumbnailLink}}" alt="Girl in a jacket">

Feel free to copy the zap, if it's useful 😀

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Thank you for replying. I'm familiar with using HTML to insert images in Google Docs when creating a document from text.... however, I am trying to insert an image into a Google Doc when creating it from a TEMPLATE.

Here is what the "personalized" portion of my Google Doc template looks like:


Here is what it looks like in Zapier. It's very easy and straightforward to populate the text... I'm trying to figure out if there is a way to insert an image file into the template.



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I was able to find a great solution for this.

If you would like to be able to insert an image into a Google Doc template... consider instead using Google Slides. Google slides support the ability to insert an image to a template, and you can change your slide size to standard A4 size.