The Mac Photos app has a set of simple drawing tools called Markup which can be used to draw, doodle, sketch, and otherwise markup or write on any picture. Markup in Photos can offer a fun way to scribble on an image, put a remark on a picture, add a blurb, or just to draw a little creative addition to any photo found within the Photos app.
The Markup editing toolkit in Photos on Mac is great, but like many other features, it’s a bit hidden and it’s easy to overlook this feature. This tutorial will show you how to access Markup in Photos for Mac and how to draw on a picture using the tool set.
You can draw on any picture or image file contained with Photos app this way, whether it has been copied from an iPhone or digital camera into Photos, imported into Photos directly, or otherwise contained within the app. If you want to test this out yourself, you may want to make a copy of a picture or just choose a picture you don’t mind doodling on.
How to Draw on Photos in Mac OS with Markup
- Open the Photos app in Mac OS and choose which picture you want to draw or markup
- Click the Edit button, it looks like a series of sliders in the upper right corner of the toolbar
- Now click the “Extensions” button in the bottom right corner of the Photos app
- Choose “Markup” from the Extensions popup menu list in Photos app
- Use the Markup tools to draw directly on the photo, there are multiple brush and pen options, as well as shape tools, line thickness adjustments, a text tool and font adjustments, and color options for each markup
- When satisfied with drawing on your photo, choose “Save Changes” in the upper right corner of Photos app
- Now choose “Done” to if you are finished editing to save the drawing on your photo
Now that you have drawn on a photo, you can keep it in your photos library, export it, share it, email it, message it, save it, or whatever else you want to do with your wonderful creation.
If this set of tools looks familiar to you, it may be because Markup allows you to easily annotate email attachments in Mail for Mac as well, which is very convenient.
While this applies to the Mac, the Markup toolkit in Photos is essentially the same set of utilities you can use to write and draw on pictures in iOS too, but accessing Markup in Photos iPhone and iPad is obviously a bit different than the same Markup toolkit on a Mac.
Have fun drawing on your photos!