How To Use Instant Markup In iOS 11

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, a marked-up picture that shows exactly what you're talking about must surely be worth more than that. iOS has this exact feature and it's called Instant Markup.

The Instant Markup feature not only allows you to take screenshots on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch device but also lets you modify and add to the image on-the-fly as soon as it's captured. You can easily add text to a screenshot as well as your signature, along with multiple shapes in whatever size and color you like.

Instant Markup also provides the ability to crop your screenshots, as well as duplicate or remove specific sections. Once complete, your newly updated image can be saved to your photo album or shared with others.

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Open Instant Markup

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To access the Instant Markup interface you'll first need to take a screenshot by simultaneously holding your device's power and Home buttons. On the iPhone X, press and release the volume up and Side (Power) button at the same time.

As soon as you hear the sound of a camera snapping your screenshot has been taken and a small preview of the image should appear in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. Tap on that thumbnail preview quickly, as it only appears for about five seconds before disappearing.

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Using Instant Markup

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Your screenshot should now be shown within the Instant Markup interface, with the following row of buttons located directly under it and displayed left to right.

  • Pen: Lets you draw on your screenshot with the width of a standard pen
  • Marker: Same as above, but with the width of a typical marker
  • Pencil: Same as above, but with the point of a pencil
  • Eraser: Deletes entire items with just one finger tap
  • Lasso: With the dotted lasso you can select any of your markups in the screenshot and move them elsewhere
  • Color Swatches: Allows you to choose between white, black, blue, green, yellow or red

On the far right-hand side of this row is a plus symbol inside a circle. Pressing this button opens a pop-up menu containing these options.

  • Text: Places a text box in the foreground of your screenshot, allowing you to modify text size and alignment while choosing from one of three fonts (Helvetica, Georgia, Noteworthy)
  • Signature: Lets you sign your name using your finger or a touchscreen pencil and place it anywhere on the screenshot
  • Magnifier: Magnifies user-specified areas of the image
  • Square Icon: Places a resizable square anywhere on the screenshot
  • Circle Icon: Adds a resizable circle to anywhere on the screenshot
  • Speech Bubble: Adds one of four cartoon-style dialogue bubbles
  • Arrow: Adds an adjustable arrow to the screenshot image

Undo and redo buttons are provided in the lower left-hand corner of the screen whiled editing. These can be used to add or remove the previous modification.

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Save Instant Markup

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Once you're satisfied with your marked-up screenshot and you'd like to store it in your photo album, first tap the Done button found in the upper left-hand corner. When the pop-up menu appears, select the Save to Photos option.

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Share Instant Markup

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If you'd like to share your modified image instead via email, social media or other media then select the share button (square with an up arrow) located in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. The iOS Share Sheet should appear, prompting you to choose from a number of different apps and other options.