Add Text to Photos Using Markup for iPhone and iPad

Edited by Jay, Eng

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Adding text or captions to annotate your photos and screenshots is an excellent way to communicate specific details directly to your audience. Because Markup comes built into iOS, there isn't a dire need for third-party applications, at least for everyday edits and captions.

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Adding some words or pointing out specific things on a photo with arrows, underlines, and highlights are far more effective than trying to explain it verbally. It's also a fun way to spruce up images that you share with your friends and family.

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In the following article, we're going to walk through the steps of adding text to an image on an iPad or iPhone using Markup.

For this guide, we used an iPhone 7 running iOS 13.5.

Duplicate a Photo in iOS 13

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If you plan on performing several edits with Markup, it might be a good idea to make a duplicate copy of the image you're editing.

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    Tap the Photos app.
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    Once you've selected the image, scroll down, and tap the share button.
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    Tap Duplicate.
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    If the duplicate option isn't available, scroll down and tap Edit Actions.
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    Tap the + sign next to Duplicate.
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    Tap Done
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    You've successfully created an exact copy of your image. Feel free to edit a copy as much as you wish.
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Add Text to a Photo With Markup on iPhone or iPad

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    Open the Photos app.
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    Select the image you're going to add text to.
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    Tap Edit in the upper right corner.
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    Tap the vertical ellipse menu in the top right corner.
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    Tap Markup.
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    Tap OK if the Live Photos dialog box appears.
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    Once your photo is open in Markup, tap the + sign in the lower right corner, then tap Text.
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    When the Text box appears, tap inside it to bring up your device's keyboard
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    You can move the text around by tap+holding the block.
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    You can enlarge the text box area by pulling one of the four corners, which is helpful when you have a lot of words.
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    Change the color of your text by tapping one of the preset colors along the bottom, or, tap the color wheel in the lower-right corner for more options.
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    To add arrows, tap the + symbol in the bottom right corner, then tap the arrow icon.
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    You can change an arrow's size, shape, and orientation by tapping and pulling on the colored dots.
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    To move the arrow around, tap+hold the tip and drag and drop it wherever you wish.
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    To cut, copy, delete, or duplicate arrows and text blocks, tap+hold the object until the horizontal menu appears.
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    You can fix any made corrections or fix errors at any point by tapping the undo/redo arrow icons at the top of the screen
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    Once you're satisfied with your changes, tap Done in the upper-right corner.
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    You can always open your edited photo again in Markup to make additional changes.
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If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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