Getting Started with Skitch:
Skitch provides you with all the tools you need to visually communicate ideas, share feedback and collaborate with friends and co-workers. With Skitch on your mobile device, you can focus on what’s important in an image or PDF, mark it up with your thoughts, and pass it on.
Use an existing image or capture a new one, then add arrows, add shapes, or write on it with the pen or highlighter tool. Once you have added your ideas, share it with others to move your projects forward faster.
Getting started is easy! To download the latest version of Skitch, visit the Skitch product page.
Time to create your first image using Skitch!
Create a Skitch Image
Skitch makes it easy to capture and mark up photos and PDFs. You can create Skitch images in one of six ways:
- Take a photo using the Skitch Camera
- Select an existing image from your device
- Create a Skitch image from a webpage or a map
- Paste an image from the device clipboard
- Create a Skitch image from a blank page
- Open a PDF in Skitch from another app
Take a photo using the Skitch Camera
The Skitch Camera comes with a Quick Markup feature that automatically adds an arrow and a text field to a photo right after you've taken it. This feature is enabled by default, but can easily be disabled from Skitch Settings at anytime.
To capture a new image in Skitch (with Quick Markup enabled), do the following:
- Select Camera from the swipe menu at the bottom of the screen
- Tap anywhere on the screen to focus the image and point the transparent arrow towards that focal point. To discard your photo and retake it, tap the Exit (X) button at the top of the screen, and select Discard changes.
- Tap the Shutter button to snap the photo. The color of the arrow changes to pink and a text box appears.
If you're happy with the photo, wait until the transparent Arrow turns solid pink, tap the Add text field, and type some text. You can use the default "Look!" text or type your own message.
Note: When the Quick Markup Camera is disabled, Skitch does not automatically add any markups, so you are free to use any of the available Markup tools and Styles to mark up your image.
Select an existing image from your device
You can use Skitch to mark up any existing photos and images on your device. Skitch creates a copy of any photos in your device, so the originals stay perfectly intact.
To view and select an existing image from your device, do following:
- Select Photos from the swipe menu at the bottom of the screen to see your Camera Roll along with a list of other photo Albums on your device.
- Select an image or photo from any of the listed Albums.
Create a Skitch image from a webpage or a map
Skitch makes it easy to mark up webpages and maps you want to remember or share with others. In order for Skitch to display a map of your current location, you'll need to grant Skitch access to your current location when prompted to do so.
Capture a location on a map
To snap a picture of an area of a map, do the following:
- Select Map from the swipe menu at the bottom of the screen
- Tap Nearby if you'd like to search a location near where you are or tap Address if you'd prefer to bring up a map for a specific address
- Swipe around the page until you see the section of the map you'd like to capture
- Tap Snap to capture what is displayed on the screen
Capture a screenshot of a webpage
To snap a picture of a webpage, do the following:
- Select Web from the swipe menu at the bottom of the screen
- Tap Search if you'd like to search for the page in Google or tap Web Link if you know the URL for the webpage
- Scroll up and down the page until you see the section of the page you'd like to capture
- Tap Snap to capture what is displayed on the screen
Paste an image from the Clipboard
If you've copied an image to your device Clipboard from another app, such as Safari, you can bring it into Skitch to mark up.
To create a Skitch image from an image in your device Clipboard, do the following:
- Select Draw from the swipe menu at the bottom of the screen
- Tap Clipboard (which appears next to the Blank page option when there is a valid image saved to your Clipboard).
Create a Skitch image from a blank page
To create a Skitch image from a blank page do the following:
- Select Draw from the swipe menu at the bottom of the screen
- Tap Blank Page and start drawing using the Markup Tools.
Open a PDF in Skitch from another app
To create a Skitch image from a PDF, do the following:
- From any app where you can view PDFs, tap the Options or Share button and select Open in... or Share
- Select Open in Skitch
- From the sidebar in Skitch, select the pages you'd like to mark up
Now that you have your image, let’s mark it up!
Mark up Images and PDFs
Marking up an image is easy. Just tap one of the icons located along the lower right and left sides of the screen to expand and collapse the Markup Toolbar and Style Menu, respectively.
Note: When using the Quick Markup Camera feature, tap More Tools at the top of the screen to access this full set of tools.
Once you've created or opened up an image or PDF in Skitch, tap the Arrow tool (tap the Pan tool to mark up PDFs) to display the Markup tools. Once you've added markup, tap the red circle on the left side of the screen to expand the Style Menu.
Using the Markup Tools
Use the Arrow tool to point out an exact spot or item on an image or PDF with arrows:
- Select the Arrow tool.
- Hold and drag to the spot on the image you want the arrow to point. The arrow points and stretches in the direction you drag.
Line & Shape tools
Use the Line & Shape tools to call attention to specific areas.
To mark up your image or PDF with lines and shapes do the following:
- Select the Line & Shapes tool icon to show all of the available shapes
- Select the icon corresponding to the shape you want to use (lines, circles, and squares)
- Hold and drag over the area of the image where you want the shape to appear
Use the Text tool to add text to your image or PDF:
- Select the Text tool icon
- Click the spot where you want the text to appear. A text cursor appears.
- Type the text you want to display
- To edit the text or change the text format, select the text you want to edit to bring up the options slider or click inside the text box to edit text
- Use the switch to toggle between plain or outlined text
Pen & Highlight tools
Use the Pen tool to freehand draw with digital ink. Use the Highlighter tool to add a transparent color overlay.
To draw and highlight areas on your image do the following:
- Select the Pen & Highlighter tools icon to show the available tools
- Select the Pen tool icon to freehand drawings, or the Highlighter icon to highlight anything with transparent ink.
- With either tool, hold and drag over the image to draw with digital ink.
Use Stamps to quickly give visual feedback about parts of an image. This is a good way to let others know what aspects of the image you like, dislike, or need more information about. You can add short text notes to stamps as well.
Add a stamp:
- Select the Stamp tool icon. A menu of the available stamps will be displayed.
- Select a stamp you want to use
- Click anywhere on the image or PDF page to add the stamp
Add text to a stamp:
- Select the stamp you want to add text to. The stamp editing options will be displayed around the stamp.
- Select the Stamp tool text icon, identified by the letter "a". This icon will change to a text field.
- Start typing to add text to the stamp. You may add up to 16 characters.
Add a pointer to a stamp:
- Select the stamp you want to add a pointer to. The stamp editing options will be displayed around the stamp.
- Select the + icon. The + icon will change to a solid blue anchor point, and a pointer will appear on the left side of the stamp.
- To rotate the pointer to another spot on the stamp, hold and drag the blue anchor point to any point around the stamp.
To add Emoticons to an image or PDF:
- Tap the Emoticon icon. A menu of the available Emoticons is displayed.
- Select the Emoticon you want to use.
(available only for images)
Use the Pixelate tool to blur portions of an image you don't want to share, such as faces or other personal information:
- Tap the Pixelate icon
- Hold and drag over the area you want to pixelate.
Color & Stroke options
Select a color for your text, arrow, and shape markups.
Select a stroke size for your text, arrow, and shape markups.
More editing options
In addition to the Markup tools, Evernote provides other ways you can change the general layout of your images. You can access these options by tapping the tools located near the top of the screen.
The following editing options are available:
- Undo: Undo the last markup added or modified.
- Remove all markups: Removes all markups on a particular image or on a PDF. For PDFs, this means that markups made on every page in a PDF are removed. Tap Clear All Annotations from the Options drop down at the top of the screen.
- Rotate (only applies to images): Rotates the current image (or PDF page on a Mac) 90 degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise. Tap Rotate from the Options drop down at the top of the screen.
Crop & Resize tool
(available only for images)
Crop tool: Use this tool to select only the part of the image you want, and remove the rest
- Select the Crop tool icon (Android: Select Cropfrom the Options menu.) On a Mac, a toggle switch lets you alternate between the Crop and Resize tools.
- Hold and drag over the area you want to include in the image. Once you release your finger, everything outside of the selected area will be removed.
Resize tool: Use this tool to enlarge or reduce the image size
- Select the Resize tool icon (a toggle switch lets you alternate between the Resize and Crop tools)
- Select the percentage or enter the dimensions you’d like to enlarge or reduce the image size to
Please note that the Resize tool is currently available on the Mac.
Mark up PDFs
Once you've opened a PDF in Skitch, tap the Pan icon to mark it up with Skitch tools. Make it easier for your friends and co-workers to review all your PDF markups by prepending an optional markup Summary page as the first page of the PDF you plan to share.
The markup summary displays the following information:
Markup count: A running count of the number of times each type of markup is used in a document.
Markup summary: Cropped areas of a PDF that show precisely where on a page each markup appears. This makes it easy for others to quickly review and reference your ideas and comments, without having to search through the entire document.
To include a markup summary, select the Share (Send) button at the top of the screen and select Share with Summary from the drop down menu.
Once you’ve marked up your image, saving and sharing it with others is easy.
Share & Save an Image or PDF
Share & Save options
Skitch makes it easy to share and save images and PDFs with other people and other apps.
Tap the Share (Send) icon at the top of the screen for various ways you can share and save your Skitch images and PDFs. Once you've shared a few images, Skitch saves your frequently selected sharing and saving options to a list you can access by tapping Frequent from the swipe menu at the bottom of the screen.
Share Skitch images and PDFs
Skitch offers a number of ways you can share images and PDFs, including:
- Sharing as an attachment or as an Evernote link with others via AirDrop, text message, or email
- Sharing as an Evernote link via Facebook or Twitter
- Sharing with all the guests invited to a scheduled meeting
- Sharing with another app on your device
You can share images in the following ways:
- Evernote Link: Saves a Skitch image or PDF to an Evernote note and copies the note link (URL) to your device Clipboard so you can paste it to other apps on your device.
- Email: Share Skitch images, or links to PDFs (saved to Evernote), with others via email
Twitter or Facebook: Share Skitch images, or links to PDFs (saved to Evernote), with others via social apps.
- Message: Share Skitch images, or links to PDFs (saved to Evernote), with others via text message
Meeting: Skitch images, or links to PDFs (saved to Evernote), via email to the attendees of a calendar event. You can specify the event and people that your image will be sent to.
Note: In order to share Skitch images or links to PDFs, you'll need to go to your device Settings and authorize Skitch with access to your Calendar, Evernote account, or any of the other apps and accounts you want to share with.
Save Skitch images and PDFs
You can save images to other apps or devices in the following ways:
- To Evernote: Save a Skitch image as an individual note in Evernote. If you haven't done so already, you'll need to link your Skitch app to your Evernote account by selecting Evernote from the Skitch Setting options. Here, you can also specify a default notebook to save your Skitch images and PDFs to.
- Photos: Save a Skitch image to the Camera Roll on your device
- Assign to Contacts: Save a Skitch image to your Contacts and assign it to one of the contacts listed on your device
- Clipboard: Saves a Skitch image to your device Clipboard so you can paste it to other apps on your device.
- AirDrop: Share a Skitch image or PDF with any other AirDrop-enabled device via the iOS AirDrop feature.
- Print: Save a Skitch image or PDF by printing it out as a hard copy on any connected printer
Why save Skitch images to Evernote?
Anything you've created or marked up in Skitch can be saved to an Evernote notebook. Saving a Skitch image into Evernote allows you to view, organize, edit, and share your Skitch images as notes from within your Evernote account. Once Skitch images are saved to Evernote, they can be viewed and edited from inside the Evernote app. Don’t have an Evernote account? Create one now!
Note: In order to save Skitch images to Evernote, you'll need to link your Skitch app to your Evernote account by selecting Evernote from the Skitch Setting options.
Congratulations! You’ve learned all the basics about creating, marking up, sharing, and saving content with Skitch. For more information on advanced features, see Tips & Resources.
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