Getting Started with Skitch:
Skitch Guide for Windows 8
Skitch gives you all the tools you need to get your point across faster the first time every time. 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!
How Do People Use Skitch?
- Heather, a gardener, captures images of landscapes then adds outlines, labels, and arrows to indicate where to place plants. She also takes photos of unhealthy plants and adds arrows to indicate areas where disease or bugs are evident.
- Alex, an entrepreneur, makes screenshots of his company's websites, annotates them, and shares revisions with his Web designer. He also used Skitch to draw out elaborate plans for his wedding proposal.
- Russell, founder of an architecture firm, labels blueprints and photos, then saves them to Evernote. By using Shared Notebooks, he and his team can search the library of shared Skitch images and recall relevant notes on any device.
To read full stories and get more inspiration from Evernote users, read our Evernote Blog.
Get Skitch for All Your Devices
Skitch is available for just about every platform and device, including:
- iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
- Android devices
- Mac OSX
- Windows 8
- Windows Desktop
To download, visit our Skitch page.
Create Your Evernote Account
Evernote offers two account types: Free accounts and Evernote Premium accounts.
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Anyone can create an Evernote account for free. Free accounts include the core Evernote features covered in this Getting Started Guide and more.
Evernote Premium offers many great additional features that let you get more out of Evernote, and is available for a monthly or yearly subscription. To learn more about everything that Evernote Premium has to offer, check out our Evernote Premium page.
Let's start by getting familiar with the Skitch Home Screen.
The Home Screen
The Home Screen displays all of the Skitch notes you have captured and saved to your Evernote account using Skitch. From here you can create a new Skitch note, or browse all of the Skitch notes in your Evernote account.
- "New" menu: Tap any of the icons to capture a new image or select an existing image to annotate
- Skitch Note List: Displays all of the Skitch Notes in your Evernote account, no matter what notebook they are saved in. The most recently modified Skitch Note is displayed first. Swipe horizontally to browse all your Skitch Notes, and tap any thumbnail images to open that Skitch Note it in Skitch
- Charm Bar: Swipe from the right edge of the screen toward the center of the screen to open the Windows 8 Charm Bar. From here you can search the Skitch Notes in your Evernote account, share your Skitch Notes with other apps, and more
- Account Info: Tap to change what notebook Skitch syncs your Skitch Notes to in your Evernote account, view information about your Evernote account, and to sign out of your Evernote account
- Sync: To access the Sync icon, swipe from the bottom edge of the screen toward the center of the screen to reveal the black App Bar. Tap the Sync icon to manually sync all of the Skitch Notes you have created locally with your Evernote account so that they are available to view and edit everywhere you have Skitch
Time to capture your first image using Skitch!
Create an Image
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 "New" Menu
To get started, tap any of the icons in the "New" Menu on the Home Screen to select the type of image you want to start with. For more detailed instructions on creating an image, see the sections below.
Take a Photo
The Take a Photo feature, is an easy way to capture the moment, then annotate it with notes, memories, and more.
- Tap the Take a Photo option on the home screen. Your Window 8 device's normal camera will be displayed
- Use the camera to take a photo as you normally would
Draw on Map
Need to give directions or share a location? The Draw on Map feature allows you to capture an image of a map then share it using Evernote.
- Tap the Draw on Map option on the Home Screen
- Hold and drag to move the map, or search for a location by entering an address in the search field
- Press the Current Location button to zoom in and center the map on your current location.
- Tap the Capture button to capture the map
Choose a Photo
With the Choose a Photo option, you can select any image on your Windows 8 device to annotate with Skitch.
- Tap the Choose a Photo option on the Home Screen. The Windows 8 file browser will be displayed
- Navigate to and double-tap the image you want to annotate with Skitch
- The selected image will be opened in the Skitch Editor
The Blank option gives you a blank slate for drawing quick mock-ups and notes.
- Tap the Blank option on the Home Screen. A blank slate will be displayed in the Skitch Editor
The Paste option automatically pastes the image in your system clipboard to the Skitch Editor. You can use this to capture a screenshot to the clipboard and instantly start marking it up for revisions.
- Copy the image you want to annotate to your system's Clipboard
- Tap the Paste option on the Home Screen. The image from your clipboard will be displayed in the Skitch Editor
Now that you have your image, let's annotate it!
Annotate an Image
Annotating your image is easy. Just click any of the annotation tools on the toolbar, select a color and start annotating.
Use the Arrow tool to point out an exact spot or item.
- Tap the Arrow icon
- Tap 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.
The Text tool lets you add easily readable text annotations.
- Tap the a icon
- Tap the spot where you want the text to appear. A cursor will be displayed
- Type the text you want to appear
Line and Shape Tools
These tools allow you to call attention to specific areas with colored lines or shapes.
- Tap the Rectangle icon to show all of the available shapes
- Tap the Shape icon that you want to use
- Tap and drag over the area of the image where you want the shape to appear
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.
- Tap the Marker icon to show the available tools
- Tap the Draw icon to freehand draw on the image, or the Highlighter icon to highlight anything with a transparent ink.
- With either tool, tap and drag the cursor over the image to draw with digital ink.
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.
- Tap the Style icon. The expanded Color Picker menu will be displayed
- Move the Line Thickness Slider to select how thick you want the colored outline of the shape to be
- Tap the color you want to use. You can always change the color of any annotation later by selecting the annotation, then taping the Color Picker
The Pixelate tool is perfect for blurring portions of images that need to be kept anonymous, such as faces or other personally identifiable information.
- Tap the Pixelate icon. A cross-hair will be displayed
- Tap and drag the cross-hair over the area you want to pixelate
Use the Crop & Resize tool to resize the entire image, and cut out only the part you want.
Cropping an Image
- Tap the Crop icon
- Tap and drag over the part of the image you want to keep. Everything outside of the selected area will be removed
With Skitch you can also move and resize annotations after you've added them.
Modify an Annotation
Once you have added any annotation, you can move, resize, or delete it any anytime.
Selecting an Annotation
To select an annotation, tap it. The annotation will appear selected, with blue anchor points. You can now change the size, color, line thickness and location of the annotation. Arrows can also be rotated.
To select multiple annotations, tap them one at a time. Annotations can be resized individually even when multiple annotations are selected. You may also change the color, line thickness and location of all of the selected annotations.
Resizing an Annotation
To resize an annotation, select it, then tap 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, tap and hold anywhere on the annotation, then drag it to the new location
Once you've annotated your image, saving it to Evernote is easy.
Save a Skitch Note
Saving to Your Evernote Account
To save your Skitch Note to your Evernote account, so that it can be opened and edited everywhere you have Skitch, including smartphones and other computers, just tap the Checkmark icon in the Skitch Editor
Saving Skitch Notes in Other File Formats
To save your Skitch Note in JPG or PNG format, tap the Export icon in the Skitch Editor.
Now that you've saved your Skitch Note, let's learn how to share it.
Share a Skitch Note
Windows 8 Share Menu
It's easy to share any Skitch Notes that you have saved to your Evernote account. Just open the Charm Bar and tap Share. All of the available apps that you can use to share your Skitch Note will be displayed.
You may also save your Skitch Notes as a JPG or PNG file, and share them in the same way as you would any image, including via email, social networks, and Evernote.
Another option is to create a Public URL that can be shared with anyone, even those who do not have Skitch or Evernote. Please be aware that Public URLs can be accessed by anyone who has the Public URL. To create a Public URL, do the following:
- On the Home Screen, tap and tug downward on any thumbnail in the Skitch Note List. The black App Bar will appear at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap Create Public URL. The Public URL for your Skitch note will be copied to your Windows 8 device's clipboard. You can paste this link into an email or chat session so collaborators can quickly review.
Congratulations! You've captured, annotated, saved and shared your first Skitch Note! For more information on advanced features, see our 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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