macOS High Sierra

Add comments or draw on a photo

Use Markup to write or draw on a photo, or to add shapes or a signature to it.

Open Photos for me

  1. Double-click a photo, then click Edit in the toolbar.

  2. Click the Extensions button , then choose Markup.

  3. Use the tools that appear in the toolbar to mark up the photo.

    You can adjust a markup at any time: move the pointer near the edges, then drag the blue handles.

    • Sketch : Sketch a shape using a single stroke. If your drawing is recognized as a standard shape, it’s replaced by that shape; to use your drawing instead, choose it from the palette that’s shown.

    • Draw : Draw a shape using a single stroke. Press your finger more firmly on the trackpad to draw with a heavier, darker line. (This tool appears only on computers with a Force Touch trackpad.)

    • Shapes : Click a shape, line, or arrow, then drag it where you want. To resize the shape, use the blue handles. If it has green handles, use them to alter the shape.

    • Highlight : Click the Shape button, then click the Highlight button. Drag the highlight where you want. To resize it, use the blue handles.

    • Enlarge : Click the Shape button, then click the Loupe button. Drag the loupe to the area you want to magnify. To increase or decrease the magnification, drag the green handle; drag the blue handle to change the loupe size. You can place multiple loupes on a photo to magnify specific areas.

      Tip: To further magnify an area, create another loupe (press and hold the Option key while you drag an existing one), then position it over the other loupe—use the alignment guides to adjust its position.

    • Text : Click the Text button, type your text, then drag the text box where you want.

    You can change certain attributes of selected drawings, shapes, text, and signatures:

    • Change the line style: Click the Shape Style button .

    • Change the line color: Click the Border Color button .

    • Change the fill color: Click the Fill Color button .

    • Change the font or font style: Click the Text Style button .

  4. Click Save Changes.

To change a marked-up photo later, select it, then click the Extensions button and choose Markup again.