Getting Started with Skitch:

Introduction

Skitch gives you all the tools you need to visually communicate ideas, share feedback and collaborate with friends and co-workers. Use an existing image or capture a new one, then add shapes, write on it, draw on it, annotate it any way you like, and save it to your Evernote account so that it is available everywhere Evernote is.

Getting started is easy!

Get Skitch for All Your Devices

Skitch is available for the following platforms:

  • iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
  • Mac OSX
  • Android
  • Windows Desktop
  • Windows 8

To download, visit the Skitch product page.

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Let’s start by getting familiar with the Skitch Home Screen.

The Home Screen

The Home Screen displays all of the images you have captured and saved to your Evernote account using Skitch. From here you can add a new image, or browse and search your collection of images.

Skitch Home Screen
  • Menu Icon Capture Menu: Click to select the type of image you want to annotate
  • Search Icon Search: Enter text and Evernote will search for it in the contents and titles of all your Skitch notes
  • Profile Icon Profile button: Click to see your Evernote account information
  • Sync Icon Sync button: Click to sync Skitch with your Evernote account. Skitch also regularly syncs with your Evernote account automatically
  • Home Icon Home button: Click to switch between viewing the Skitch editor and the Home Screen
  • Fullscreen Icon Full screen button: Click to use Skitch in fullscreen mode. To exit fullscreen mode, hit esc on your keyboard

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Time to capture you first image using Skitch!

Create a Skitch Note

With Skitch you can capture a new image, use an image you already have, or start from a blank slate, and annotate it exactly the way you want. Screenshots, photos, drawings, maps—you can annotate it all with Skitch.

The Capture Menu

New Menu

To get started, click the Capture Menu on the Home Screen and select the type of image you want to start with. For more detailed instructions on creating an image, see the sections below.

Fullscreen option Fullscreen

The Fullscreen option lets you capture an image of your entire screen.

  1. Click the Capture Menu
  2. Click the Fullscreen option
  3. An image of your entire screen will be captured and opened in the Skitch editor

Screensnap option Screen Snap…

Need to capture only a portion of your screen? The Screen Snap option allows you to select only what you want.

  1. Click the Capture Menu
  2. Click the Screen Snap… option. The screen will darken slightly and a cross-hair will be displayed. To exit without capturing a screen snap, hit esc.
  3. Click and drag the cross-hair over the portion of the screen you want to capture. The selected area will appear lightened. Once an area has been selected, the Resize Menu will be displayed. Screensnap screenshot
  4. Specify the dimensions you want for the captured image. By default, width and height are resized proportionally. To turn off proportional resizing, click the Link icon. Screensnap resize menu
  5. An image of the selected area will be captured and opened in the Skitch editor

Timed Screensnap option Timed Screen Snap…

With the Timed Screen Snap option you can select an area of the screen to capture, then reposition windows and objects before the snapshot is taken. This gives you the ability to ensure that everything in the screen snap looks exactly the way you want.

  1. Click the Capture Menu
  2. Click the Timed Screen Snap… option. The screen will darken slightly and a cross-hair will be displayed. To exit without capturing a screen snap, hit esc.
  3. Click and drag the cross-hair over the portion of the screen you want to capture. The selected area will appear lightened. Once an area has been selected, a 5 second countdown will begin. The length of the countdown can be changed in the app settings.
  4. Screensnap screenshot
  5. Reposition any windows or objects in the selected area, as needed. The screen snap will be taken once the 5 second countdown has elapsed.
  6. An image of the selected area will be captured and opened in the Skitch editor

Camera option Camera

The Camera option is an easy way to capture the moment with your Mac’s front-facing camera.

Camera screenshot
  1. Click the Capture Menu
  2. Click the Camera option
  3. Click the Take Photo button to capture a photo. The captured photo will be displayed
  4. To accept the photo, click the Use button
  5. The photo will be opened in the Skitch editor

File option Open an Image or PDF…

With the Open a File option, you can select any image (jpg, png, bmp, etc.) or PDF on your Mac to annotate with Skitch. Skitch will create a copy of the file, so that the original stays perfectly intact.

  1. Click the Capture Menu
  2. Click the Open a File… option. The Mac file menu will be displayed
  3. Navigate to and click the image or PDF you want to annotate with Skitch
  4. The selected image will be opened in the Skitch editor

Blank option Blank

The Blank option gives you a blank slate for drawing quick mock-ups and notes.

  1. Click the “New” Menu
  2. Click the Blank option. A blank slate will be displayed in the Skitch editor

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

Annotate an Image

The Toolbar

Annotating your image is easy. Just click any of the annotation tools on the toolbar, select a color and start annotating.

Tools

Arrow tool Arrow Tool

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

  1. Click the Arrow icon
  2. Click and drag to the spot on the image you want the arrow to point. The arrow will point and stretch in the direction you drag.
Arrow example

Shape tool Line and Shape Tools

These tools allow you to call attention to specific areas with colored lines or shapes.

Shape example
  1. Click the Square icon to show all of the available shapes
  2. Click the Shape icon that you want to use
  3. Click and drag over the area of the image where you want the shape to appear
Shapes menu

Text tool Text Tool

The Text tool lets you add easily readable text annotations.

Text example
  1. Click the a icon
  2. Click the spot where you want the text to appear. A cursor will be displayed
  3. Type the text you want to appear

Removing Skitch Formatting

You may optionally remove the default Skitch formatting from text by doing the following:

Formatting slider
  1. Click the text you want to remove formatting from. An options slider will be displayed.
  2. Click and slide the slider to the right. The text will be displayed as plain, black text.

Highlight tool Draw and Highlight Tool

Just like a real pen and highlighter, the Draw tool allows you to freehand draw with digital ink, while the Highlight tool allows you to add a transparent color overlay.

Highlight example
  1. Click the Draw and Highlighter icon to show the available tools
  2. Click the Draw icon to freehand draw on the image, or the Highlighter icon to highlight anything with a transparent ink.
  3. With either tool, click and drag the cursor over the image to draw with digital ink.
Highlight menu

Color picker Color Picker

You can choose from a variety of colors for any of the annotation tools in Skitch with the Color Picker. This is great for keeping multiple annotations distinct.

  1. Click the Color Picker icon. The expanded Color Picker menu will be displayed
  2. Color menu
  3. Move the Line Thickness Slider to select how thick you want the colored outline of the shape to be
  4. Click the color you want to use. You can always change the color of any annotation later by selecting the annotation, then clicking the Color Picker

Stamp tool icon Stamp Tool

The Stamp tool is one of the easiest ways to add annotations to a document or image in Skitch. With the Stamp Tool, you can quickly and visually call attention to specific points, add text to give more information, and even add a pointer be as specific as possible.

Stamps example

Adding a Stamp

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

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

Adding Text to a Stamp

Add text to any stamp to provide additional comments or information.

  1. Click the stamp you want to add text to. The Stamp editing options will be displayed around the Stamp.
  2. Click the a icon to the right of the Stamp. The a icon will change to a text field.
  3. Start typing to add text to the Stamp. You may add up to 16 characters.

Adding a Pointer to a Stamp

Add a pointer to any stamp to call out what you are annotating in greater detail. Pointers can be rotated to any side of the stamp, ensuring that it's easy to make your annotations as clear as possible.

  1. Click the stamp you want to add a pointer to. The Stamp editing options will be displayed around the Stamp.
  2. Click the + icon to the left of the Stamp. 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, click and hold the blue anchor point, then drag it to any point around the Stamp.

Pixelate tool Pixelate Tool

The Pixelate tool is perfect for blurring portions of images that need to be kept anonymous, such as faces or other personally identifiable information.

Pixelate example
  1. Click the Pixelate icon. A cross-hair will be displayed
  2. Click and drag the cross-hair over the area you want to pixelate

Crop and resize tool Crop & Resize Tool

Use the Crop & Resize tool to resize the entire image, and cut out only the part you want.

Cropping an Image

Crop example
  1. Click the Crop & Resize icon. The Crop & Resize screen will be displayed
  2. Move the slider in the lower-left corner to Crop
  3. Click and drag the lightened box over the part of the image you want to keep
  4. Click and drag the blue anchor points to resize the lightened area until it completely encompasses the part of the image you want to keep. You may also specify an exact width and height in pixels by entering them in the size fields
  5. Click the Apply button. Everything outside of the selected area will be removed

Resizing an Image

Resize example
  1. Click the Crop & Resize icon. The Crop & Resize screen will be displayed
  2. Move the slider in the lower-left corner to Resize
  3. Use the Resize slider to increase or decrease the size of the entire image
  4. Click the Apply button

Adjustable canvas Adjustable Canvas

Skitch's Adjustable Canvas give you room to annotate outside the edges of an image.

Adjustable canvas example

Automatically Expanding the Canvas

When you add annotations outside the the edge of your image, the canvas will automatically expand to give you room to work.

Manually Expanding the Canvas

You can expand the canvas in a particular direction using the Crop Tool or Add Canvas button.

  • Select the Crop Tool and drag the border outside the image to add canvas.
  • Press the Add Canvas button Adjustable canvas buttonon the top, bottom, or side of the image to add canvas on that edge.

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Skitch is more than just a great tool for communicating visually. It's also a powerful tool for collaborating on PDF documents.

Annotate a PDF

Skitch is the best app around for annotating images and sharing ideas with others, but did you know it's also a powerful way to collaborate with others on PDF documents?

In Skitch, you can easily add annotations to any PDF document, then share it via email. Your annotated PDF document will be attached to the email, along with an easy to reference summary off all your annotations. This makes Skitch a great tool for swapping ideas and feedback on PDF documents until everything is perfect.

30-day Trial

A 30-day trial of PDF collaboration is available to all Free Evernote users. Evernote Premium users get unlimited use of the PDF collaboration features in Skitch, as well as a great variety of other features across the entire Evernote family of apps. Learn more about Evernote Premium and subscribe now.

PDF Annotation

All of the Skitch annotation tools can be used on PDF documents, with the exception of the Resize tool and the Crop tool. This means that you have access to all your favorite Skitch annotations for use on PDF documents to point out feedback, share ideas, offer advice, and more. This is a great way to collaborate with others to improve and polish PDFs.

PDF example

For more information on using the annotation tool, see the Annotate an Image section of this user guide.

PDF Sharing

To get the full benefit out of PDF collaboration with Skitch, you must share your PDF via email. Sharing via email allows the Evernote service to process your annotated PDF, which automatically generates an Annotation Summary in the email and adds a Snippet Summary to the beginning of the PDF.

Email example

To share a PDF document via email that has been annotated with Skitch, do the following:

  1. Open the annotated PDF document in Skitch, or annotate a new PDF document
  2. Click the Share icon at the top-right of the screen
  3. Click Email. A preview of the Annotation Summary that will be included in the email will be displayed.
  4. Address and send the email as you normally would

PDF Summary

PDF documents shared with Skitch via email include a PDF Summary that makes it easy for your friends and co-workers to review all of the annotations you have added to the PDF.

Email Annotation Summary

Annotation summary

Any time you share a PDF document via email that has been annotated in Skitch, the annotated document will be included as an attachment to the email, and the body of the email will include an Annotation Summary that shows how many times each type of Skitch annotation has been added to the document.

PDF Snippet Summary

Snippet summary

The first page of the attached PDF will include a Snippet PDF Summary, which allows the recipient to review just the portions of the PDF document that have been annotated in Skitch. This allows those you are collaborating with to quickly review and reference your ideas and feedback, without having to search through the entire document.

You can also save a copy of an annotated PDF with the PDF Snippet Summary by selecting 'PDF with Summary' from the "Drag Me" tab at the bottom of the screen, then clicking and dragging the tab into an email or anywhere on your computer.

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With Skitch you can also move and resize annotations after you’ve added them.

Modify an Annotation

Once you have added an annotation, you can move, resize, or delete it any anytime.

Select a Single Annotation

To select an annotation, click it. The annotation will appear selected, with blue anchor points and a dashed outline. You can now change the size, color, line thickness and location of the annotation. Arrows can also be rotated.

Single annotation select

Select Multiple Annotations

To select multiple annotations, hold the Shift key on your keyboard, then click the annotations one at a time. Only color, line thickness and location can be changed when multiple annotations are selected.

Multiple annotation select

Resizing an Annotation

To resize an annotation, select it, then click and drag any of the blue anchor points.

Drag toward the center of the annotation to make it smaller, or away from the center to make it larger. This can be done for any annotation, including text and highlighter marks.

Moving an Annotation

To move an annotation, click and hold anywhere on the annotation, then drag it to the new location.

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Once you’ve annotated your image, saving it to Evernote is easy.

Save a Skitch Note

Automatic Saving

Skitch automatically saves your image to your Evernote account as an attachment to a new note. Changes are synced to your Evernote account while you work, as well as anytime you exit Skitch, so there’s no need to worry about saving your progress. To add more annotations later, just click the image you want to edit on the Home Screen.

The “Drag Me” Tab

The “Drag Me” tab is an easy way to save a separate copy of your Skitch note. Just select a file type from the drop-down menu, then click and drag the "Drag Me" tab to anywhere on your computer.

Drag Me tab

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Now that you’ve saved your Skitch note, let’s learn how to share it.

Share a Skitch Note

Sharing and collaboration are easy with Skitch. Whether you want to use Evernote, email, or Facebook, sharing your Skitched images is just a tap away.

Share icon Share Button

To share a Skitch note, create a new one or select an existing one from the Home Screen, then click the Share button and select any of these options:

  • Email: Creates a new email with the image attached in your default email application
  • Twitter: Creates a public URL that can be viewed by anyone, and redirects you to twitter.com to post it. If you are not already, you will be prompted to log in to your Twitter account
  • Facebook: Creates a public URL that can be viewed by anyone, and redirects you to facebook.com to post it. If you are not already, you will be prompted to log in to your Facebook account
  • Add to iPhoto: Adds the image to your iPhoto library. iPhoto will be opened automatically
  • Share and Copy Shared URL: Creates a public URL that can be viewed by anyone. The URL will be copied to your clipboard
  • Share and Open Shared URL in Browser: Creates a public URL that can be viewed by anyone. The URL will be opened in your default Web browser

Share & Collaborate on PDFs

In Skitch, you can easily annotate any PDF document, then share it via email. Your annotated PDF document will be attached to the email, along with an easy to reference summary off all your annotations. This makes Skitch a great tool for swapping ideas and feedback on PDF documents until everything is perfect.

Annotation summary

For more information on PDF collaboration with Skitch, see the Annotate a PDF section of this user guide.

Stop Sharing a Skitch Note

To make a public Shared URL private, do the following:

  1. On the Home Screen, click the image to open it
  2. Click the Share button
  3. Click the Stop Sharing option

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Congratulations! You've captured, annotated, saved and shared your first Skitch note! For more information on advanced features, see our Other Resources.

Other Resources

Skitch offers a variety of tools for capturing and annotating images, so be sure to check out these additional resources:

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