How to Draw on a Photo on iPhone

Want to quickly annotate a photo on an iPhone? You can use the Photos app to do this. This guide will show you how to get started.

Have you ever wished you could add a quick sketch to a photo on your iPhone? Sometimes the fastest way to explain something is to use an annotated image.

The good news is that it’s quick and easy to add a design to any image on your iPhone. With just a few clicks, you can add your design and save your new image.

Keep reading to learn how to draw on photo on iPhone.

How to Add a Tag to a Photo on iPhone

Apple has a feature called markup which allows you to add text or signatures to your photos. It also allows you to draw freehand on it.

Here’s how to tag a photo on iPhone:

  1. Open the Pictures app and select the photo you want to draw on.
  2. Press on To modify.
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  3. Tap the markup icon.
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You will now see markup tools at the bottom of the screen. Let’s review the different tools available.

How to Draw on a Photo on iPhone Using the Pen Tool

the tool pen allows you to draw solid lines on your photo. You can access it through the Photos app.

Here’s how to use the stylus tool on iPhone:

  1. Open a photo in Pictures and select To modify.
  2. Tap the pen tool if not already selected.iphone stylus tool
  3. Tapping again allows you to set the thickness and opacity of the line.
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  4. To select a different color, press the Colors icon.
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  5. Draw with your finger on the photo. Faster strokes create thicker lines.
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  6. If you make a mistake, press the to cancel icon.
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  7. If you want to create perfect shapes, draw the shape in one stroke, but keep your finger on the screen. Once you see the corrected shape, lift your finger.
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Using Highlighter Tool on iPhone

the highlighter tool is useful for marking text boxes the same way you would with a real highlighter.

To use the highlighter tool on iPhone:

  1. Open your photo in Pictures and press To modify.
  2. Tap the highlighter tool.
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  3. Tapping again allows you to change the thickness and opacity of the line. By default, it is set to 80%, which works well for most texts.
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  4. To select a different color, press the Colors icon.
  5. Draw with your finger over the text or image you want to highlight.
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  6. If you make a mistake, press the to cancel icon.
  7. For simple shapes, keeping your finger on the screen will convert them into perfect lines.
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Using the Pencil Tool on iPhone

the pencil tool is very similar to the pen tool, but instead produces an effect intended to look like a real pencil.

To use the pencil tool on iPhone:

  1. Open your photo in Photos and tap To modify.
  2. Tap the Pencil Tool.
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  3. Tapping again allows you to change the thickness and opacity of the line.
  4. To select a different color, press the Colors icon.
  5. Draw with your finger over the text or image you want to highlight. Faster strokes are more opaque.
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  6. If you make a mistake, press the to cancel icon.
  7. For simple shapes, keeping your finger on the screen will convert them to regular shapes.
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Using Eraser Tool on iPhone

the tool to erase is an easy way to delete parts of your drawing if you don’t want to undo everything.

To use the eraser tool on iPhone:

  1. Open your image in Photos and tap To modify.
  2. Tap the tool to erase.
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  3. Tapping again allows you to select the Pixel Eraser which erases wherever you draw or Item eraser which will clear entire objects at once.
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  4. Draw with your finger on the area or object you want to erase.
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Using the Lasso Tool on iPhone

the lasso allows you to select parts of your drawing so that you can move them.

To use the lasso tool on iPhone:

  1. Open your image in Photos and tap To modify.
  2. Tap the Lasso.
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  3. To select an object, draw with your finger on any part of that object. You can draw through multiple objects to add them all to your selection. You should see dotted lines indicating the border of your selection.
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  4. To select an area, draw an enclosed space around the area you want to select. This will select everything in your compound.
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  5. Drag your selection. When you’re satisfied, tap anywhere else in your image to deselect everything.

Using the Ruler Tool on iPhone

the ruler tool allows you to draw straight lines at the exact angle you want.

To use the ruler tool on iPhone:

  1. Open your image and press To modify in Pictures.
  2. Tap the Ruler Tool.
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  3. Drag the tool to position it. To change the angle, use two fingers to rotate it.
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  4. With the ruler in place, select one of the drawing tools and run your finger along the ruler.
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  5. When you have drawn your line, press the ruler tool again to delete it.

How to Save Edited Photo on iPhone

Once you are happy with the changes made to your image, you should save it.

To save your work:

  1. Faucet Fact at the top right of the screen.
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  2. Faucet Fact at the bottom right of the screen to save your changes.
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Your photo will now be saved with your drawing included.

Restoring a modified image

If you want to revert to the original image:

  1. Faucet Edit in at the top right of the screen.
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  2. Faucet To come back at the bottom right of the screen.
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Your photo is restored to its original state.

Get the most out of your iPhone

You don’t need a fancy photo editor to edit pictures or draw on photo on iPhone. You can use the editing tools available to you in the Pictures app to do the job.

There are many other basic features that can make your iPhone experience even better. For example, you might want to learn how to use Apple Focus on iPhone to regain control of your time. If you’re worried about your privacy, you can stop iPhone ad tracking.

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Jack C. Nugent