In a release full of fun features (hi, Messages!), the new Markup editor in Photos adds to the creativity already present in iOS 10. You can draw on images, create callouts, add text, flip photos, and more. You'll never have to download another basic photo editing app ever again!

How to access the Markup editor

Though you can draw on photos and video inside Messages for spur-of-the-moment fun, you can also access a more thorough Markup editor from the Photos app itself. (Just for images, unfortunately — there are no tools available for video at this time.)

  1. Launch Photos from your home screen.
  2. Tap the Photos tab in the lower left corner of the screen.
  3. Select the photo you would to edit.

    Launch photos from your home screen and tap photos in the lower left corner of the screen. Tap the photo you would like to edit.

  4. Tap the Edit button (looks like a series of horizontal sliders) in the bottom toolbar.
  5. Tap the More (…) button.
  6. Tap Markup.

    Tap the edit button on the menu. Tap the more button and then tap markup.

You can now add doodles, callouts, and text to your photos.

How to paint on your photos with the Markup editor

Once you're in the Markup editor, the fun begins.

  1. Tap the drawing pencil icon in the lower left corner if not already chosen.
  2. Select which color you would like to use for drawing.
  3. Begin doodling on your photo.

    Tap the drawing pencil icon and the select the color you would like to draw with. Then you can begin doodling.

How to change the thickness of your paintbrush in Markup editor

Want a thinner or thicker line? Here's how to go about doing it.

  1. Tap the drawing pencil icon in the lower left corner if not already chosen.
  2. Tap the three horizontal lines icon.
  3. Select the thickness of your paintbrush.

    Tap the pencil drawing icon, tap the three white lines besdie the paint brush color options. Then you can select the thickness of your paintbrush.

How to make a callout in Markup editor

If you want to highlight a specific aspect of your photo, you can add a callout. Here's how!

  1. Tap the callout icon (looks like a lowercase A partially obstructed by a circle). A circular callout will appear. Touch and drag it to highlight any aspect of your image.
  2. To adjust the callout's size, touch and drag the blue dot along the circle.
  3. To adjust magnification of the callout, touch and slide the green dot along the circle.

    Tap the callout icon and then touch and drag the blue and green circles to adjust the callout.

  4. To change the color of your callout, select one from the color menu; to adjust the circle's outline thickness, tap the three horizontal lines icon.

    Tap the callout icon. Tap the three white lines and then select the thickness of your callout.

How to add text to a photo in Markup editor

Need to add a funny caption to your photo? You're in luck: Markup offers text addition, too.

  1. Tap the text icon (looks like an uppercase T in a white box). The placeholder word "Text" will appear on screen.
  2. Tap the text box.
  3. Tap Edit.

    Tap the text icon and then tap the word Text that appears on your screen. You can then tap edit.

  4. Type the words you would like to add to the image.
  5. Tap Done when you're finished.

    Tap the text you would like to add to the image and then tap done when you're finished.

  6. To change the color of your text, simply pick from the color menu.

How to change the font face in Markup editor

  1. Tap the two As in the lower right corner for the screen.
  2. Tap Helvetica, Georgia, or Noteworthy to select a font face.

    Tap the text icon. Tap the two As in the lower right corner and then tap Helvetica, Georgie, or Noteworthy to select a font type.

How to change font size in Markup editor

  1. Tap the two As in the lower right corner of the screen.
  2. Move the slider to adjust your font size.

    Tap the text icon and then tap the two As in the lower right corner. Slide the slider to adjust your font.

How to change text alignment in Markup editor

  1. Tap the two As in the lower right corner for the screen.
  2. Tap the text alignment you would like (left, center, right, or justified) in the resulting menu.

    Tap the text icon and then tap the two As. Tap the orientation you would like along the bottom menu.

How to undo a move in Markup editor

Made a mistake in your markup? You can quickly undo it with the tap of a button. Just tap the curved arrow in the lower right corner if you make a mistake while editing; you can press it as many times as you want.

Tap Markup and then tap the curved arrow int he lower right corner.

Questions?

Want to know something else about Markup and Photos? Let us know in the comments!

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