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How to Use Markup on iPhone Images

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Sometimes, you’ll want to add text to your images, either through handwriting or by typing words. Most people believe you need a third-party app to do this, but you don’t. You can use the image Markup feature in the Photos app to add text or draw on your images.

Besides adding text and drawing, you can also magnify parts of the image, add your signature or add basic shapes to the picture. Markup is a great way to edit your photos by applying some essential functions.

Keep reading to learn how to use Markup on your iPhone Images!

To Access Apple Markup on Photos


The first step for all the following tutorials is to get to the Apple Markup feature first. Follow these steps to use Markup on your pictures:

  1. Open Photos.
  2. Select the picture you want to edit.
  3. Tap “Edit” in the top-right corner.
  4. Tap the three dots in the top-right corner and a pop-up menu will appear.
  5. Select “Markup” from the menu to begin using the feature.

You should see the word “Markup” at the top of the screen. You will also see a set of writing utensils at the bottom of the screen. From here, you can edit your pictures with Markup.

Once you’ve finished making edits, tap “Done” in the top-right corner to return to the regular “Adjust” page for other modifications.

Drawing with Markup

By drawing, we are using a pencil to sketch on your iPhone. You can draw things freehand or handwrite over the image. For creative usage, or if you have something specific in mind, select a drawing utensil and draw on the picture with your finger.


Drawing Utensils

There are three drawing utensils available in Markup: pen, highlighter, and pencil (from left to right on the Markup screen). Each of these performs a slightly different task.

The pen is the classic drawing utensil. Use it to write or draw. The highlighter, no matter what transparency setting you to put it on, will be translucent. This way, you can emphasize certain words or parts of an image. The pencil mode is a drawing tool, imitating the scribbly nature of a pencil on-screen.

With each of these drawing utensils, you can alter the settings slightly. After selecting a tool, tap the same utensil again for a small menu. At the top, you can choose the thickness of the stroke with five options. Underneath, the slider is to set the transparency of the stroke.

On the same row as the drawing utensils, there’s also a color option on the right. Tap it to select a new color for your drawing utensil. You can pick on a grid, decide on a spectrum, or use sliders to create the exact color you want.


We all make mistakes, so erasing your drawings or handwriting is a vital function to have. There are two ways to do this.

If you don’t like a drawing immediately after you’ve finished it, you can remove it by tapping the Undo button at the top of the screen, right next to the word Markup.

On the other hand, if you accidentally tapped the Undo button, you can bring the drawing back by tapping the Redo button. It’s on the right of the Undo button.

For more specific and precise erasing, use the eraser utensil on the bottom row. It’s right next to the pencil option.

You can pick between a pixel eraser, which acts as a drawing utensil and erases whatever your finger slides over, or an object eraser, which eliminates full objects you’ve drawn. A full item is something drawn in one stroke.

Lasso Tool

Besides the ruler, the final tool on the bottom row is the lasso tool. With the Lasso tool, you can select your drawings and move them around, duplicate them, or delete them.

First, draw something on the picture. Then, select the Lasso tool; it’s the pencil with a diagonally striped tip. Select your drawing by encircling the drawing with the Lasso tool, and a dotted line should trail your finger’s movements. Once you’ve selected the graphic, a dotted line will border it.

Once you’ve selected the drawing, you can move it around the screen freely. For example, if you circled the wrong thing, you can move the circle elsewhere.

Additionally, if you tap the selected drawing, you’ll also be able to cut, copy, delete, and duplicate the drawing. If Apple recognizes your picture to match a specific shape, you can select “Snap to Shape,” and your picture will readjust itself.

Add Text, Signature, Magnifier, or Shapes

The other great thing about Markup is the ability to add text, signatures, a magnifier, or shapes to your picture. To do this, tap the “+” icon in the bottom-right corner. It should be on the same row as the drawing utensils.

After tapping the “+” icon, a menu will appear with the options “Text,” “Signature,” “Magnifier” and a few shapes. Let’s learn what each of these does.



Text is very straightforward: you add a text box to your picture. While it’s possible to write things with the drawing utensils mentioned above, it’s much easier to insert text into the image for more precise communication.

After selecting the “Text” option, a small text box with the word “Text” will appear in the middle of the screen. The two blue dots on the text box’s sides allow you to alter the box’s width. Tap the entire text box for a menu, and select “Edit” to edit the text.

On the bottom of the screen, you’ll have a variety of options as well. For example, you can change the text color. You get five options to start with, Black, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Red. We suggest selecting the “Colors” icon on the right to pick a more accurate color.

On the leftmost side of this bottom row, you’ll see a “AA” icon. Tap it to change the text settings such as font, font size, and text alignment. For the font, you have three options: Helvetica, Georgia and Noteworthy.


The “Signature” function is for particular purposes, like when you’re signing a form. While it is not often used, the “Signature” feature is a handy one to have.

If it’s your first time using it, Markup will automatically ask you to sign your signature at the bottom of a blank screen titled: “New Signature.” Use your finger to illustrate your signature. If you’re unhappy with it, tap “Clear” in the top right to clear the screen so you can try again. If you’re happy with it, tap “Done.”

Once you’ve created your signature, it’ll appear on the screen as a text box. Adjust it and place it wherever you want on the screen. You can use the color customizer icon to change the signature color.

The signature is saved to the “Signature” option’s menu. You can add or remove signatures as time passes. Just tap the “Signature” option again, then tap “Add or Remove Signature” for a menu of your signature. To add one, tap the “+” icon in the top left. To remove one, tap the “-” icon next to any signature you’ve saved, then tap “Delete.”


The “Magnifier” option adds a magnifying glass to your picture, and it’ll enlarge a portion of the image. It appears as a circle on your photo that broadens whatever part of the image is selected.

You will see two dots on the magnifying circle. The green dot adjusts the zoom of the magnifier. Sliding it clockwise will zoom in and sliding it counterclockwise will zoom out. The blue dot changes the size of the magnifier.

You can use the magnifier to highlight certain parts of the image or text. Once you exit Markup, the circle will stay as part of the image, enlarging whatever part of the picture you want.


The final options from this menu are the shapes. There are four shapes: the quadrilateral, the ellipse, the speech bubble, and the arrow. After selecting any one of them, you’ll be able to adjust them on-screen.

The quadrilateral and ellipse come with a set of blue dots so you can adjust their dimensions. However, the speech bubble and arrow come with green dots. On the speech bubble, the green dots change the tail’s size and placement. For the arrow, the green dot adjusts the arrow’s curvature.


Using Markup in Messages

Instead of using Markup on your Photos app then sending the image to your friends or family, you can use Markup on Messages itself. Here’s how!


You can only send images on Messages with iMessage enabled. So, you won’t be able to send Markup images to non-Apple phones or someone with iMessages off.

  1. Open Messages and select the person you want to send a picture.
  2. Select the Photos app option at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Select the photo you want to send.
  4. Once the photo is in the text box, tap it again for a preview.
  5. Tap “Markup” in the bottom-left corner.

From here, use any of the functions above to edit the photo to your liking! Once you’re ready, tap “Done” in the top-right corner then send it.

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