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How to edit screenshots using Markup on iPhone and iPad

A screenshot is a great way to capture what is displayed on your screen. It can be used to document an error or collaborate with your team. However, even a screenshot sometime needs editing to convey the message accurately.

Thankfully, iPhone’s inbuilt screenshot tool, Markup, comes to the rescue! First introduced with iOS 10, Markup lets you edit images, insert text and shapes, sign PDFs or documents, alongside many other great features.

Let us learn more about how to use Markup to edit screenshots on your iPhone and iPad to get the most out of it.

How to sketch the iPhone screenshot using Markup

After taking a screenshot on your iPhone or iPad, follow the steps below:

  1. Tap the small image at your screen’s bottom left.
    Now, you will see the Markup screen with some tools at the bottom.
  2. Tap the tools you want to use.

    edit screenshot with markup tool on iphone
  3. Choose a pencil or colored pencil to draw or write something on a specific screenshot.
  4. To drag a particular object you’ve drawn, use the Lasso tool.

    use sketch markup tool in screenshot on iphone

What’s more, we even have a guide to help you capture screenshots without using the physical buttons on your iPhone, do check it out.

Zoom in your iPhone screenshot

You can directly pinch in or out and adjust your screenshot after repeating the steps mentioned in the above pointers.

use zoom-in or zoom-out feature in screeshot on iphone

Add text and caption to the screenshot

Adding text to images is helpful in many ways. You can use the iOS screenshot tool to add a description and caption. You can add text to an image by following the below steps.

  1. Click the Pen icon at the top to open the markup menu.
  2. Tap + button at the bottom right.
  3. Select Text from the pop-up menu.
    A text box will appear on the screenshot.

    Add text and caption to screenshot on iPhone
  4. Customize the text box by changing the background color, font, resizing font, and text color.

Add screenshot description

  1. Tap + button at the bottom right.
  2. Select Description from the pop-up menu.
  3. Add image description.

    Add screenshot description on iPhone

How to annotate a screenshot on iPhone

  • Pencil or Highlighter can be used to annotate the text. If you wish to hide the annotated text or permanently delete it, both can be done.

    hightlight text using markup tool
  • Magnifier is used to enlarge a particular area that has to be highlighted in a particular screenshot for which different color options are available in Markup.

    use magnifier tool to zoom in specific area of screenshot or document
  • Shapes are useful to highlight a particular area in a rectangular and circular figure.

    add shapes to screenshot using markup tool on iphone
  • Speech Balloons can be used mostly for graphics and mostly used in comic books, memes to express the thoughts of a particular character.

    use speech balloons in markup tool on iphone
  • Arrow is mostly used to point to a particular direction showing the user to move their concentration to the designated area.

    draw arrow on screeshot using markup tool on iphone

Now, you can finally tap Done to save your existing changes, after which you can choose if you wish to save your edited snapshot to Photos or Files.

tap on done and select preferred option to save edited screenshot on iphone

If you made a mistake and wish to undo or redo the changes, tap the background arrow. It will undo the changes one by one. Alternatively, tap the forward arrow to redo.

tap on arrows to undo or redo changes using markup tool on iphone

How to add a signature to the image

I feel this is one of the easiest ways to sign documents. Simply take a screenshot and use the Signature tool. I have used this tool to add signatures to invoices and other documents. You can also use it as an alternate to watermarking.

  1. Tap + button at the bottom right.
  2. Select Signature from the pop-up menu.
  3. Tap Add Signature to create a new signature.
  4. Sign your name using fingers.
  5. Tap Done to add the signature.
    You can change the size and move the signature across the screenshot.

    How to add a signature to the image

Use the eyedropper tool to match the color

Getting hold of your favorite color in the exact shade can be daunting. The eyedropper feature lets you match color with a great deal of accuracy.

  1. Click the Pen icon on the top to open the markup menu.
  2. Tap the eyedropper icon (multi-colored circle) at the bottom.

    Use the eyedropper tool to match the color
  3. Select the Inkfiller icon on the top left corner.
  4. Move the magnifier to where you want to pick the color from.
    The color picker matches the color.

How to use the ruler tool

You can take the help of a ruler tool to draw straight lines on a screenshot. The tool is also useful for drawing lines inclined to a specific angle. Select the ruler icon from the bottom menu bar.

How to use the ruler tool on iPhone

The ruler tool displays angles in real-time for your reference. You can change the angle by rotating the ruler. Use two fingers and twist on the opposite side to change the angle.

Create hand-drawn shapes

If the preset shapes are not enough, you can always create hand-drawn shapes.

  1. After taking a screenshot, draw a basic shape.
    It could be anything ranging from a triangle, circle, or square.
  2. Now, press and hold the screen for a few seconds.
  3. The screenshot tool will automatically convert it into a geometrical shape.
    Create hand-drawn shapes on iPhone

Blur or hide sensitive information

Many times, a screenshot has sensitive information. It could be our email address, device IMEI, contact details, etc. In such cases, we can blur the sensitive information before sharing the screenshot on the internet or with friends.

The most effective way to mask sensitive information is to use an opaque tool. Tap the square icon and place the shape on sensitive information.

  1. Tap the pen icon to open the markup tool.
  2. Select Shape.
  3. Tap the first icon from the left in the bottom pane.
  4. Choose the opaque square.

    Blur or hide sensitive information on iPhone
  5. Change the background color to your liking.

How to revert changes made to a screenshot on iPhone

  1. Open the Photos app and select the screenshot.
  2. Tap Edit.
    If you can undo it, a Revert option will appear in the bottom right.
  3. Tap Revert.

    How to revert changes made to a screenshot

Summing Up!!

Well, congrats! You are now a certified iPhone screenshot wiz! That’s how you can use Markup on iPhone and iPad to edit your screenshots. Do you know any cool iPhone screenshot tricks? If so, share it with us in the comments below.

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  • Arshmeet

    A self-professed Geek who loves to explore all things Apple. I thoroughly enjoy discovering new hacks, troubleshooting issues, and finding and reviewing the best products and apps currently available. My expertise also includes curating opinionated and honest editorials. If not this, you might find me surfing the web or listening to audiobooks.

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