How to use Markup in Photos for Mac

How to use Markup in Photos for Mac

Markup is Apple’s extension for adding text, callouts, shapes, and more to images and documents and, with macOS Sierra, it’s now built right into Photos for Mac. That means you can quickly take a snap shot, add an arrow, circle an area of interest, drop in some text, and then send it to a friend, co-worker, or post it up on the internet. All in just a few seconds!

How to find the Markup editor in the Photos app

Markup is a bit hidden in the Photos app. Here’s how you can find it and start editing!

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Double-click on the photo you would like to edit.
  3. Click Edit in the upper right corner of the Photos window.
  4. Click the more button on the upper right of the photos window. It’s a circle with three dots in it.
  5. Click Markup.

    Click Edit, click the more button, click Markup

  6. You can now make your markup edits on your photo.
  7. Click Save Changes on the top right of the window when you’re happy. Your edited photo will appear in your library.

How to draw on your photos with the Markup editor

Add your own shapes and flair to your photos by doodling a little! If you draw certain shapes, they will also re-form into a cleaner cut version of that shape. Try drawing stars, hearts, arrows, and more!

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Double-click on the photo you would like to edit.
  3. Click Edit in the upper right corner of the Photos window.
  4. Click the more button on the upper right of the photos window. It’s a circle with three dots in it.
  5. Click Markup.

    Click Edit, click the more button, click Markup

  6. Click and drag on the photo to draw or write on it.
  7. Click Save Changes on the top right of the window if you’re happy with your markup. Remember that this will save changes to the original photo. You can, however go back into Markup and remove your markup, but it’s best to make a copy of the original and mark it up.

    Click and drag on the photo to draw on it, click Save Changes when you're satisfied

You can now draw and add your doodles to your photo.

How to change the thickness or texture of your lines with the Markup editor

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Double-click on the photo you would like to edit.
  3. Click Edit in the upper right corner of the Photos window.
  4. Click the more button on the upper right of the photos window. It’s a circle with three dots in it.
  5. Click Markup.

    Click Edit, click the more button, click Markup

  6. Click the Shape Style button. It looks like three horizontal lines that get bigger.
  7. Select the thickness or the texture you would like to use.
  8. Click Save Changes on the top right of the window when you’re happy. Your edited photo will appear in your library.

    Click the Shape Style button, click the thickness and texture you want

You can then go about drawing or writing on your photo.

How to change the color of your lines with the Markup editor

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Double-click on the photo you would like to edit.
  3. Click Edit in the upper right corner of the Photos window.
  4. Click the more button on the upper right of the photos window. It’s a circle with three dots in it.
  5. Click Markup.

    Click Edit, click the more button, click Markup

  6. Click the Text Style button, which looks like an uppercase A.
  7. Click the colored bar.
  8. Click a color to select it.
  9. Click Save Changes on the top right of the window when you’re happy. Your edited photo will appear in your library.

    Click the Text Style button, click the colored bar, click a color

Then go about drawing or writing on your photo.

How to add shapes to your photos with the Markup editor

You can either draw your shapes, or add them to your photo with just a few simple clicks. You can also adjust the color and size/shape of the image by clicking and dragging to edit.

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Double-click on the photo you would like to edit.
  3. Click Edit in the upper right corner of the Photos window.
  4. Click the more button on the upper right of the photos window. It’s a circle with three dots in it.
  5. Click Markup.

    Click Edit, click the more button, click Markup

  6. Click the Shapes button from the menu. It’s next to the pen button.
  7. Click the shape you would like to select. It will automatically be added to your photo.
  8. Click and drag the blue dots to adjust the shape until you’re happy with how it looks.
  9. Click Save Changes on the top right of the window when you’re happy. Your edited photo will appear in your library.

    Click the Shapes button, click a shape, click and drag the blue dots to resize it

How to add a border to your photos with the Markup editor

Add a faint black or a colored border to your images to switch up your regular editing routine!

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Double-click on the photo you would like to edit.
  3. Click Edit in the upper right corner of the Photos window.
  4. Click the more button on the upper right of the photos window. It’s a circle with three dots in it.
  5. Click Markup.

    Click Edit, click the more button, click Markup

  6. Click the Shapes button in the menu. It looks like a square and circle.
  7. Click the rectangle inside a rectangle option at the bottom left of the menu.
  8. Click and drag the blue dots to adjust the borders to your liking.
  9. Click Save Changes on the top right of the window when you’re happy. Your edited photo will appear in your library.

    Click the Shapes button, click the rectangle within a rectangle, click and drag the blue dots to adjust its size

How to adjust border color with the Markup editor

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Double-click on the photo you would like to edit.
  3. Click Edit in the upper right corner of the Photos window.
  4. Click the more button on the upper right of the photos window. It’s a circle with three dots in it.
  5. Click Markup.

    Click Edit, click the more button, click Markup

  6. Click the Shapes button on the left of the menu. It looks like a square and circle.
  7. Click the rectangle inside a rectangle option at the bottom left of the menu that appears.
  8. Click the Fill Color button. It’s a white square with a red line through it.
  9. Click the color you would like your border to be. Your border will automatically become that color.
  10. Click Save Changes on the top right of the window when you’re happy. Your edited photo will appear in your library.

    Click the Shapes button, click the rectangle within a rectangle to add a border, click the Fill Color button, click a color

How to add a callout to your photos with the Markup editor

Callouts are a great way to add an emphasis to a certain area of your photo. Markup editor makes adding callouts easy-peasy, rending the use of a third-party editing app useless. Here’s how to use them in the Photos app!

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Double-click on the photo you would like to edit.
  3. Click Edit in the upper right corner of the Photos window.
  4. Click the more button on the upper right of the photos window. It’s a circle with three dots in it.
  5. Click Markup.

    Click Edit, click the more button, click Markup

  6. Click the Shapes button on the left side of the menu. It’s a square and circle.
  7. Click the callout button on the bottom right of the menu that appears. It looks like a lowercase ‘a’ with a circle around it.
  8. Click and drag the blue dot to adjust the size of the callout.
  9. Click and drag the green dot to adjust the magnification.
  10. Click Save Changes on the top right of the window when you’re happy. Your edited photo will appear in your library.

    Click the Shapes button, click the callout button, click and drag the blue dot to size the callout, click and drag the green dot to adjust magnification

How to add text to your photos with the Markup editor

Adding a little bit of text can be a really great way to edit without cluttering up your photo with additional bells and whistles.

You can also change your font type and color to match the rest of the photo better.

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Double-click on the photo you would like to edit.
  3. Click Edit in the upper right corner of the Photos window.
  4. Click the more button on the upper right of the photos window. It’s a circle with three dots in it.
  5. Click Markup.

    Click Edit, click the more button, click Markup

  6. Click the Text button. It looks like an uppercase ‘T’ in a box.
  7. Click inside the text box to type in it.
  8. Click and drag the blue dots to change the size of the text box.
  9. Click Save Changes on the top right of the window when you’re happy. Your edited photo will appear in your library.

    Click the Text button, click in the text box to change the text, click and drag the blue dots to resize the text nox

How to change your text format with the Markup editor

  1. Launch the Photos app from your dock.
  2. Double-click on the photo you would like to edit.
  3. Click Edit in the upper right corner of the Photos window.
  4. Click the more button on the upper right of the photos window. It’s a circle with three dots in it.
  5. Click Markup.

    Click Edit, click the more button, click Markup

  6. Click the Text button. It looks like an uppercase ‘T’ in a box. This will create a new text box.
  7. Click the Text Style button. It looks like an italicized uppercase A.
  8. Click the font name and click a font to change it.
  9. Click the colored bar and click a color to choose your text color.
  10. Click Save Changes on the top right of the window when you’re happy. Your edited photo will appear in your library.

    Click the Text button to create a new text box, click the Text Style button, click the font name to change the font, click the colored bar to changer the color, click the size to change font size, click to bold, italicize, or underline your text

In this menu, you can also adjust font size, alignment, and bold, italics, and underlining.

Questions?

Let us know in the comments below!

Updated February 2018: Redid every screenshot and rewrote some instructions to reflect the latest version of Photos for macOS High Sierra.

How to use Markup in Photos for Mac

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