Getting Started with Skitch:

Skitch Guide for Windows

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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
  • Skitch Touch for Windows
  • Windows Desktop

To download, visit our Skitch page.


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

The Skitch Editor

Skitch for Windows Desktop opens directly into the Skitch Editor. If this is your first time using Skitch for Windows Desktop, a blank Skitch Note will be opened, otherwise your most recent Skitch Note will be opened. From here you can capture a new image or annotate an image.

Skitch Editor
  1. Toolbar: Click any of the annotation tools to add new annotations to your Skitch Note
  2. "New" menu: Click to capture a new image or select an existing image you want to annotate
  3. Save Options: Click to export your Skitch Note as an image file, or to save your Skitch Note to the Skitch Notebook of your Evernote account
  4. Skitch Canvas: Displays the images that is currently open in Skitch. Add annotations, text, crop the image, and more


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.

Opening an Existing Skitch Note

One of the best features about Skitch is that any Skitch Notes you have saved to your Evernote account are available to view and edit everywhere that you have Evernote and Skitch.

To open an existing Skitch Note, just navigate to the note in Evernote, then tap the Skitch Edit iconEdit icon on the pink Markup with Skitch banner at the top of the Note Editor.

Skitch Banner in Note Editor

The "New" Menu

To get started, click the "New" Menu in the upper-left of the Skitch Editor and select the type of image you want to start with. For more detailed instructions on creating an image, see the sections below.

New Menu

Screensnap optionScreen Snap

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

  1. Click the "New" Menu
  2. Click the Screen Snap... option. The screen will darken slightly and a cross-hair will be displayed
  3. Click once inside any window to select that whole window, or click and drag the cross-hair over a portion of the screen you want to capture. The selected area will appear lightened. An image of the selected area will be captured and opened in the Skitch Editor
  4. Screensnap screenshot

Pictures FolderPictures Folder

With the Pictures Folder option, you can select any image on your PC's hard drive to annotate with Skitch.

  1. Click the "New" Menu
  2. Click the Pictures Folder option. The Windows file browser will be displayed
  3. Navigate to and double-click the image you want to annotate with Skitch
  4. The selected image will be opened in the Skitch Editor

Blank optionBlank

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

Clipboard optionClipboard

The Clipboard option automatically pastes the image in your system clipboard to the Skitch Editor. This option will only be selectable if the clipboard currently contains an image that can be edited in Skitch.

  1. Copy the image you want to annotate to your system's Clipboard (right-click and select copy)
  2. Click the "New" Menu
  3. Click the Clipboard option. 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

The Toolbar

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


Arrow toolArrow Tool

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

Arrow example
  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.

Text toolText 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

Color pickerColor 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.

    Color menu
  1. Click the Color Picker icon. The expanded Color Picker menu will be displayed
  2. Move the Line Thickness Slider to select how thick you want the colored outline of the shape to be
  3. 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

Shape toolLine and Shape Tools

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

Shape example
    Shapes menu
  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

Highlight toolDraw 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
    Highlight menu
  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.

Pixelate toolPixelate 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 toolCrop & 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. Select Crop Mode from the drop-down in the lower-left corner of the screen
  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. Select Resize Mode from the drop-down in the lower-left corner of the screen
  3. Use the Resize slider at the bottom-center of the screen to change the size of the entire image
  4. Click the Apply button


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

Single Annotation

To select an annotation, click 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.

Single annotation 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


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

Save a Skitch Note

Save Options

Skitch is a great way to visually communicate exactly what you mean, then save and share it with others. The following Save Options are available in the upper-right of the Skitch Editor.

Save Options
  • Add to Evernote: Click 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. If you are not currently signed in to Evernote, your Skitch Note will be synced to your Evernote account the next time you sign in. All of your Skitch Notes are automatically saved to your default notebook.
  • Save as image...: Click to save your Skitch Note as an image. The Windows file browser will be displayed. You may save in PNG, JPG or BMP format by clicking the Save as type menu at the bottom of the file browser.

The "Drag Me" Tab

The "Drag Me" tab is an easy way to save a separate copy of your Skitch Note in PNG format. Just click and drag the "Drag Me" tab to anywhere on your computer. To save your Skitch Note in other file formats, use the Save as image... button

Drag Me tab


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

Share a Skitch Note

It's easy to share any Skitch Notes that you have saved to your Evernote account. Skitch for Windows Desktop does not have built-in sharing options, but since notes are all automatically shared with Evernote, it's easy to share from inside Evernote on Windows Desktop. Learn more about sharing using Evernote for Windows Desktop with our Evernote for Windows Desktop User Guide.

You may also save your Skitch Notes as images, and share them in the same way as you would any image, including via email, social networks, and Evernote.


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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