Add Text or Drawing to a Photo

The Photos app now brings significant photo editing capabilities that allows you to also add text or drawing to a Photo.

You might do this if you want to create a title slide for a slideshow or mark up a photo adding emphasis or humor (think of a drawn mustache) to a photo.

Here are the steps to markup a photo using the Photos’ Edit function

Display a Photo you would like to edit.

Tap Edit or earlier versions of IOS had you tap

Tap More (3 dots in a circle)

Tap Markup (pen in a circle)

 

You are now presented pen tools that you can use to draw on the photo. Tap the Color icon to change the color.

This information was previously covered in Nugget N4 Write or Draw in the Notes App.

If you want to place text on the Photo, tap the Circle + icon

Tap Text

 

Your are presented with the text markup tools

Text Markup Tools

Tap Color to change the color

Tap Font to change the Font size, style and alignment

Double Tap the Text Box to change the text.

Tap Undo to undo the last actions.

Tap Done to save your edits

Revert to Original

The edits that you make on a photo are non-destructive in that you can revert back to the original image with the following actions:

  1. In the Photos app, tap the edited image that you want to revert.
  2. Tap Edit.
  3. Tap Revert.
  4. In the pop-up menu, tap Revert to Original.

 

Setup

No Setup necessary

Requirements

Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Photos App

iPhone User Guide – Camera App

Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets on the Camera and Photos apps:

NumberTitle
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450The Basics of iPhone Photography – Let’s Point and Shoot
Beyond Point and Shoot with iPhone Photography
451Beyond Point and Shoot with iPhone Photography
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Swipe left on the lock screen to launch the camera app
N21Quickly Launch the Camera App to Capture the Kodak Moment
Swipe Up to Get More Photo Information
N25Swipe Up to Get More Photo Information
Camera Grid Helps with Rule of Thirds Composition
N24Camera Grid Helps with Rule of Thirds Composition
Tap the Heart to Favorite or un-Favorite Photos for your Brag Book
N28Create a Brag Book with Photo Favorites
Organizing your Photos with Albums
452Organizing your Photos with Albums
Double Tap on the map to get more details
N26Tips and Tools for Finding Photos
Show your Photos with a Slideshow
N29Show your Photos with a Slideshow
Add Text or Drawing to a Photo
N27Add Text or Drawing to a Photo
Turn off Live Photos
N30Turn off Live Photos
Crop & Edit Photos with the Photos App
453Crop & Edit Photos with the Photos App
Share Photos with iCloud Photo Sharing
454Share Photos with iCloud Photo Sharing
Seven Ways to Release the Camera Shutter
N22Seven Ways to Release the Camera Shutter
A Tour of the Camera App
N23A Tour of the Camera App
Checkmarks and Add To to batch add photos to albums
N38Organizing your Photos with Albums
How to Scan a QR Code in a Photo using Google Lens
N39How to Scan a QR Code in a Photo using Google Lens
How to Trim an iPhone or iPad Video
N57How to Trim an iPhone or iPad Video
How to Set Up the iCloud Photo Library
N53How to Set Up the iCloud Photo Library
How to View and Manage Burst Photos
N58How to View and Manage Burst Photos
LIVE! #14 - Taking Better iPhone Photos  - Part 1  Camera Basics
LIVE! #14 – Taking Better iPhone Photos – Part 1 Camera Basics
LIVE! #15 - Taking Better iPhone Photos  - Part 2 Beyond Point & Click
LIVE! #15 – Taking Better iPhone Photos – Part 2 Beyond Point & Click
LIVE! #16 - Taking Better iPhone Photos  - Part 3 Get Creative with Advanced Modes
LIVE! #16 – Taking Better iPhone Photos – Part 3 Get Creative with Advanced Modes
How to Delete Photos on your iPhone or iPad
N69How to Delete Photos on your iPhone or iPad
How to Order Photo Prints using the Walgreens app
N70How to Order Photo Prints using the Walgreens app
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N71Reduce Sleep Inhibiting Blue Light with Night Shift
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