Bay Mac’s Help Desk

With Steve Paris

Q: Which app would you recommend to annotate or highlight parts of photos I take with my iPhone?

A: If your iPhone is running iOS 11 and above, that ability is built right into your phone, in the Photos app, but it’s not immediately obvious where these tools are hiding.

Go to Photos and select one of your images. Tap on the ‘Edit’ button, top right of your screen. This reveals the usual image editing tools you’re likely familiar with, like cropping, colour correction and the application of filters. There is however a fourth button, a circle with an ellipsis inside it.

Tap on that button. This will reveal a menu with a couple of buttons. Select the one called ‘Markup’.

You’ll now be in possession of drawing tools: a pen, a marker, a pencil, and an eraser are at your disposal. You can draw with a choice of six colours to highlight various parts of the photo or point to something specific.

Tap on the ‘+’ button lower right to bring up even more tools like adding boxes, speech bubbles, arrows, and a cool way to magnify a part of the image. You can even add your signature, or include some printed text (with a small selection of fonts).

The choices are pretty extensive and should offer you all the options you need to annotate or even just doodle on your photos!

Steve Paris is an internationally published writer, an Apple Certified Trainer, and through his new website, provides consultancy, training and troubleshooting services to the Swansea area. You can email him at or contact him on 077-8866-0407.

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