Getting Started with Skitch:

Introduction

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 capture what’s important, 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.

Updating from Skitch 2.0 to Skitch 3.0

For tips on updating from Skitch 2.0 to Skitch 3.0, please see the knowledgebase article.

For more details on how to mark up images and PDFs in Evernote, see our product guide.

Next

Time to create your first image using Skitch!

Create a Skitch Image

You can create a new Skitch image either by taking a photo with your device camera, by selecting an existing photo or an image from your device, or starting with a blank Skitch canvas.

1. Capture a photo in Quick Shot mode

Skitch automatically starts up in Quick Shot mode. In this mode, you can snap a photo and add a quick annotation to it in just a few short steps.

To capture a new image in Quick Shot mode do the following:

  1. Tap anywhere on the screen to focus the image and point the transparent arrow towards that focal point. Alternatively, you can snap a photo using the front-facing camera on your device.
  2. Tap the shutter button to snap the photo. The color of the arrow changes to pink and an annotation box appears. To discard your photo and retake it, tap Retake.
  3. Tap Add text to create add a quick text annotation. You can use the default "Look!" annotation or type your own message.
  4. Tap the Share icon to share, save, or print your new Skitch image. See the "Share & Save Image" section for more details for more details.
Quick Shot mode  view

More things you can do in Quick Shot mode

Once you’ve snapped a photo in Skitch, you can add more annotations, retake, or share your image with the following options:

Quick Shot mode options
  1. Edit arrow – Reposition and resize the arrow
  2. Add text – Append additional info or remarks to the arrow
  3. Add caption – Add a caption for your Skitch image
  4. Retake or New – Discard the most recently taken photo so you can snap a new one
  5. More Tools – View more annotation tools (see "Mark up an Image" section for full details)
  6. Share – Share, send, save, and print your Skitch image (see the "Share & Send Image" section for full details)

Show More icon2. Select an existing image from your device

You can use Skitch to mark up existing photos and images on your device. Skitch creates a copy of any photos in your device, so that the original stays perfectly intact.

Select an existing image

To view and select an existing image from your device do following:

  1. Tap the Show more icon to view images and photos on your device
  2. Select the image or photo you want to mark up. The most recently photos added to your device will appear on the top row.
  3. Use the advanced Skitch annotation tools to mark up the image

Show More icon3. Paste an image from the clipboard

If you've copied an image from another app, you'll see it inside your image gallery and can paste it into Skitch. At this time, this only applies to individual images copied without additional text.

To create a Skitch image from an image saved to the clipboard do the following:

  1. Tap the Show More icon on the lower right of the screen when in Quick Shot mode to display the images and photos on your device
  2. Select the image or photo thumbnail labeled “Paste.” This normally appears in the top left corner of the screen when in Show More view
  3. Use the advanced Skitch annotation tools to mark up the image

Start With Blank icon4. Create a Skitch image from a blank canvas

To create a Skitch image from a blank canvas do the following:

  1. Tap the Show more icon on the lower right of the screen when in Quick Shot view
  2. Tap the Start With Blank icon located along the side of the screen when in Show More view
  3. Use the advanced Skitch annotation tools to mark up the image

Next

Now that you have your image, let’s mark it up!

Mark up an Image

Annotation Toolbar & Style Menu

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 Annotation Toolbar and Style Menu.

How to access markup tools

These icons change dynamically to display the tool most recently used. Initially, you’ll need to tap the Arrow icon to expand the Annotation Toolbar and tap the solid, red circle to expand the Style Menu.

For example, when you first open up a Skitch image, you’ll need to tap the Arrow icon to expand the Annotation Toolbar. Once you’ve selected another tool, say the Text tool, the icon for the Text Tool is displayed. You’ll then need to tap the Text tool to expand the Annotation Toolbar.

Arrow Tool iconArrow Tool

Use the Arrow tool to point out an exact spot or item.

To mark up your image with arrows do the following:

  1. Tap the Arrow icon
  2. 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.
Marking up with the Arrow tool

Line and Shape Tools iconLine & Shape tools

Use the Line & Shape tools to call attention to specific areas.

Line and Shape tool options

To mark up your image with lines and shapes do the following:

  1. Tap the Shapes icon to show all of the available shapes
  2. Tap the icon corresponding to the shape you want to use (lines, circles, and squares)
  3. Hold and drag over the area of the image where you want the shape to appear
Adding Lines and Shapes

Text Tool iconText tool

Use the Text tool to add text to your image.

To add text to your images do the following:

  1. Tap the Text icon
  2. Tap the spot where you want the text to appear. The iOS keyboard will be displayed
  3. Type the text you want to display
  4. To edit the text or change the text format, tap the text you want to edit to bring up the options slider or tap inside the text box to edit text
  5. Tap and slide the slider to switch between plain text or text outlined in black
Marking up with the Text tool

Pen and Highlight Tools iconPen & Highlight tool

Use the Pen tool to freehand draw with digital ink. Use the Highlighter tool to add a transparent color overlay.

Pen and Highlight tool options

To draw and highlight areas on your image do the following:

  1. Tap the Pen & Highlighter tools icon to show the available tools
  2. Tap the Pen icon to freehand annotations on the image, or the Highlighter icon to highlight anything with transparent ink.
  3. With either tool, hold and draw over the image to draw with digital ink.
Pen and Highlight tools

Pixelate tool iconPixelate tool

Use the Pixelate tool to blur portions of images that you don't want to share, such as faces or other personal information.

To blur areas of your image do the following:

  1. Tap the Pixelate icon
  2. Hold and drag over the area you want to pixelate.
Marking up using the Pixelate tool

Crop tool iconCrop tool

Use the Crop tool to select only the part of the image you want, and remove the rest.

To crop an image do the following:

  1. Tap the Crop icon
  2. Hold and drag over the area you want to include in the image. Once you lift your finger from the screen, everything outside of the selected area will be removed.
Cropping Skitch images

Stamp tool iconStamps

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.

Stamp options

To add a Stamp to an image, simply do the following:

  1. Tap the Stamp icon. A menu of the available stamps will be displayed.
  2. Tap the Stamp you want to use
  3. Tap anywhere on the Skitch image to add the Stamp

Marking up with stamps

To add text to any stamp to provide additional comments or information do the following:

  1. Tap the stamp you want to add text to. The Stamp editing options will be displayed around the Stamp.
  2. Tap the Stamp text icon, identified by the letter "a.". This icon will change to a text field.
  3. Start typing to add text to the Stamp. You may add up to 16 characters.

Adding text to Stamps

To add a pointer to any stamp to call out what you are annotating in greater detail do the following:

  1. Tap the stamp you want to add a pointer to. The Stamp editing options will be displayed around the Stamp.
  2. Tap the + icon. The + icon will change to a solid blue anchor point, and a pointer will appear on the left side of the Stamp.
  3. To rotate the pointer to another spot on the stamp, hold and drag the blue anchor point to any point around the Stamp.

Adding arrows to stamps

Next

Once you’ve annotated your image, saving and sharing it with others is easy.

Share & Save a Skitch Image

Now that you’ve marked up your image, saving it to your device, sending it to Evernote, or sharing it with others is simple.

Share iconShare options

Skitch makes it easy to share images with other people, or save them to your device or other apps. You can share the marked up image with or without captions.

Tap the Share icon to see some of the following ways you can share and save your Skitch images:

  • Share with others via AirDrop, text message, or email
  • Send to your Camera Roll, Contacts list, a printer, or Evernote
  • Print a Skitch image or copy it to your clipboard

Share a Skitch image

Screenshot of Share options

You can share images in the following ways:

  1. AirDrop: Share Skitch image with any other AirDrop-enabled device via the iOS AirDrop feature.
  2. Message: Share Skitch images with others via text message
  3. Email: Share Skitch images with others via email
  4. Send To Meeting: Share Skitch images via email to the attendees of a calendar event. You can specify the event and people that your image will be sent to. This feature will dynamically display if you have a meeting scheduled with other people one hour before or after the current time.
    Please note that you must authorize Skitch (in your device “Settings”) to access your calendar in order to enable this feature.

Social Accounts: If you have logged into a social networking account and have enabled Skitch (in your device Settings) to access these accounts, you can share Skitch images with others via social apps such as Twitter or Facebook.

Save a Skitch image

Screenshot of Save options

You can save images to other apps or devices in the following ways:

  1. Evernote: Save a Skitch image to your linked Evernote account where each image is attached to new note in Evernote. To save Skitch images to Evernote, tap the Settings icon, when in Show More view, to link your Skitch app to your Evernote account. You only need to enter your Evernote account login details once. Don’t have an Evernote account? Create one now!
  2. Save Image: Save a Skitch image to the Camera Roll on your device
  3. Assign to Contacts: Save a Skitch image to your Contacts and assign it to one of the contacts listed on your device
  4. Copy: Save a copy of a Skitch image to the clipboard on your device. This appears as a thumbnail labeled “Paste” in the upper left corner in your Show More screen. The clipboard holds one image at a time and pastes your most recently copied image to other apps on your device.
  5. Print: Save a hard copy of a Skitch image by printing it on any connected printer

Why save to Evernote?

Saving a Skitch image into Evernote allows you to view, organize, and share your Skitch images as notes from within your Evernote account. You can also open and edit your Skitch images from inside the Evernote app.

Next

Congratulations! You’ve learned all the basics about capturing, annotating, sharing, and saving content with Skitch. For more information on advanced features, see Tips & Resources.

Tips & Resources

Tips

Right inside the Skitch app, you can find tips and information about Evernote & Skitch updates, and you can also manage your connections to Evernote and other apps that work with Skitch. The Announcements and Settings can be accessed from the Show More screen:

  • AnnouncementsAnnouncements: Tap to view the latest news from Evernote such as product announcements, tips, and customer stories
  • Settings Settings: Tap to view or change settings such as linking or unlinking your Evernote account or switching Auto Resize Canvas on or off.

Resources

Take a look at the following resources to find out more things you can do with Skitch and other Evernote products:

Evernote Knowledgebase

Explore numerous articles about a variety of Evernote products.

Technical Support

Search for answers to your questions, or contact the support team.

Evernote User Forums

Read or join other users' discussion about using Evernote.

Evernote Blog

Get inspiration from user stories and product announcements on Evernote's blog.

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