Photos in iOS 10: How to Find and Use Image Markup

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Apple is expanding the iPhone's photo editing abilities in iOS 10 with a new feature called "Markup" that lets you doodle, magnify, and place text on any picture you have within the Photos app. Thanks to Markup's flexibility, it could be used for both casually sharing photos with friends and family, and also to enhance and add detail to an image in an enterprise situation.

Markup is also available directly through the Messages app in iOS 10, adding it to the roster of inventive and colorful updates coming to text messaging in the new iPhone operating system this fall. In both locations, Markup is a bit buried and somewhat difficult to find, so follow these steps to discover the new photo editing feature in iOS 10.

Finding Image Markup in Photos



  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Find the image you want to edit and tap on it.
  3. Tap the editing slider button.
  4. While in editing mode, tap the button that looks like an ellipsis within a circle and choose "Markup" from the popup menu.
Finding Image Markup in Messages



  1. Open Messages.
  2. Tap the contact you want to send the photo to.
  3. Tap the Camera icon to the left of the iMessage conversation box.
  4. Find the image you want to edit by taking a new picture, scrolling right to browse all your images, or scrolling left to jump into a vertical version of your Photo Library.
  5. Tap on the photo to place it in the conversation box, then tap on it once again within the box.
  6. Tap "Markup" in the bottom left corner.
Using Image Markup

In Photos or Messages, the editing features of Markup are mostly similar, although the former app presents a darker layout, while the latter has a lighter one. First, the feature lets you doodle on the picture you've decided to edit, with eight different colors and three different stylus thickness options to the right of the color dots.


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jarred125

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Will you guys be covering anything using apps that shoot in RAW? The Lightroom mobile app has a nice camera and RAW editing. Actually very surprised with what I was able to pull detail wise with the tiny sensor in the 6S plus.
 

Shirasaki

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This is a handful of features I actually like in iOS 10 and just recently I have used it for real tasks. Pretty neat but good.
 

CarlJ

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If they add an option for a border color (on lettering at least), they'll finally supplant Skitch, which has been the go-to photo annotator since forever. Some of these features are pretty cool, and it's nice that they're available "everywhere" vs. just in the Photos edit menu.
 

Caliber26

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If they add an option for a border color (on lettering at least), they'll finally supplant Skitch, which has been the go-to photo annotator since forever. Some of these features are pretty cool, and it's nice that they're available "everywhere" vs. just in the Photos edit menu.
If you've got Skitch downloaded to your phone, you can actually select that to be your photo editor as well and even turn off Markup. I personally prefer Skitch.
 

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Wow wow wow... not to detract from the topic at hand but.... how do you send self destructing messages?!?! Like you have pictured above. (specifically text and images/video, audio is straight forward)
 

rGiskard

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This absolutely rocks! Finally the Photos app has matured into a potent tool. Now please spend some time on the OS X version to maybe get it somewhere between iPhoto and Aperture.

I'm less happy about the change to a tiled albums view, it's a very inefficient use of space and I no longer can glance at a list to see how many photos are in each album.
 

Keane16

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This is great for Pencil on iPad Pro. Would be better if we could do markup on PDFs.
You can, I used it this morning on an email attachment I received. (And yes it's awesome on an iPad Pro with Pencil).
 

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It is about time there was an ability to annotate photos.

I really like the ability to draw a round shape that can then be smoothed into an ellipse. Or draw a kind-of straight line that then can be converted to a straight line. It reminds me of the ability to draw rough shapes that were smoothed in my Newton 120 (back in 1996). Being able to apply a curve to is fantastic and not an option that I recall on the Newton 120. The text editing is a tad cumbersome requiring the extra tap on the contextual "edit" command. The tool does not seem to recognize my attempts at arrows because it does not consistently offer an opportunity to smooth it into a proper arrow (the developers need to work on it). I would have preferred that Apple add an arrow to the tool box like they have to draw, magnify and text.

I recently started to use an app called "Annotate" (it was a free app of the week recently) and they did a great job with the arrows (the stickers are silly). They also have a great rectangle pixilate tool (so certain things like license plates and certain faces can be obfuscated) that hopefully Apple will adopt. I also started using an app called "Point Out" (I have not paid to remove the watermark yet) that has a great implementation of the magnification feature. Its worth considering.
 

Keane16

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Without a third party app?

In which app do you open the PDF to do the markup?
Pretty sure it's without a 3rd party App (checked the wife's iPhone and she has it too - 99% sure she wouldn't have installed anything for markup).

Open a email with PDF attachment. Tap the toolbox bottom right. You're in markup mode.

Just had a play around and you can also save PDFs to iCloud Drive and it allows you to markup PDFs from there too (then send them however you want using the share sheet). This should be extra handy once macOS Sierra launches and iCloud Drive supports the Desktop and Documents folder from my mac, will make some my workflows slicker.
 
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WillingNABill

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Does adding text markup to photos allow a search for that text within the Photos app? I've been wanting to add keywords to iPhone photos for a very long time and haven't found an app or capability that allows a keyword search of photos on the iPhone yet. I don't want to have to use Photos on my Mac...just on the iPhone/iPad. Anyone know of a way to do that to help find photos of interest faster when you have an iPhone photo library of several thousand pics???
 

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Open a email with PDF attachment. Tap the toolbox bottom right. You're in markup mode.
I read that this "Markup and Reply" feature in the Mail app (for image and PDF attachments) has actually been there since iOS 9 last year, who knew? :) Could also be called by long pressing on the attachment to bring up the context menu.

As you said, it's used to annotate an attachment and send it right back out on a reply email, or save/share in other ways. Could also add your handwritten signature.

I guess iOS 10 simply brought the feature (labeled just "Markup") over to the Photos and Messages apps, except there it's only for images, and there's no signature option...
 

smurpy522

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Anyone know of Windows based programs that can read/view the marked-up photo (it has a separate .AEE file) if imported to a Windows machine? My marked-up photos are very useful tools but being able to share across windows machines would be an even more useful tool.
 

Shirasaki

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As far as I know, when you share your marked up photos, iOS will send marked photos instead of original photos.

I guess this is the result you want.
 

smurpy522

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As far as I know, when you share your marked up photos, iOS will send marked photos instead of original photos.

I guess this is the result you want.
Yes and thank you; that does work. however emailing my self a load of photos to incorporate into a PDF or other document for a report takes a lot longer and uses more bandwidth (I am on a remote location with limited wireless service and bandwidth access) than I would prefer. My preferred option would be something that I can transfer the photos from my iPhone to my windows laptop and use to incorporate.
For the time being I will get by with emailing them to myself. Again thanks for the tip!
 

Shirasaki

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Yes and thank you; that does work. however emailing my self a load of photos to incorporate into a PDF or other document for a report takes a lot longer and uses more bandwidth (I am on a remote location with limited wireless service and bandwidth access) than I would prefer. My preferred option would be something that I can transfer the photos from my iPhone to my windows laptop and use to incorporate.
For the time being I will get by with emailing them to myself. Again thanks for the tip!
If you have iCloud Photo Library enabled I guess you can download those photos from your library on windows PC. But again, use more bandwidth.
Tried a few options. Apparently Apple doesn’t want people to share photos to file manager apps such as Documents. Cloud storage is possible but cannot do direct transfer. But at least, if your windows PC is set to sync certain folders, you can batch upload and your marked files will be there. Not the greatest but a bit better than email option.