This video shows how to work with an Apple Pencil in iOS and some bundled apps. This video focuses on markup tools, which allow you to add drawings or handwritten text to pictures, notes, and other things. Markup is a feature that appears in many apps in iOS.
- [Instructor] Let's look at how to work with the Apple Pencil in iOS. Using the pencil, you can swipe around, and tap on apps to launch them just like with your finger. Most of the controls that you can use with your finger can be activated with the Apple Pencil instead. Now there's one big exception. The Apple Pencil will not work to swipe from one of the edges of the screen. Like if you want to go to the home screen or open up the notification center. Those swipes only work with touch controls. Now, the main attraction is that you can draw or write with the pencil directly on the screen in some apps.
So for example, let's go into the Notes app. I could launch it from here, or I could close it because I want you to see, if I put the iPad to sleep, when I tap on the screen with the pencil instead of a finger, it takes me straight to the Notes app. So here in the Notes app, of course I can tap to place my cursor, and I could type in some text, or I could write or draw with the pencil instead. So let's clear the keyboard, and then I can write directly on the screen.
Now because this is the first time I'm writing in the Notes app it's giving me this little message. I'll just tap okay, and then I can continue writing here. So I'll just put a little bit of handwritten Notes right there. Now, if I touch the screen with my finger, I can swipe up or down in that note, or I could tap below, where I wrote in the note, and it gives me the opportunity to type some more text. But if I touch the screen with the pencil, I can write or draw with it.
If you want more controls, just tap on the Markup button in the bottom right corner. You will find that in a lot of apps in iOS. Here you can choose your color, or you can choose between the pin, the marker, or the pencil tool. Let's just stick with the regular pen tool. And now that I have a different color, I could draw that line in another color. Now, the second generation Apple Pencil has a touch sensitive control. You can tap twice on the side of the pencil to trigger this action. So in the Notes app, and anywhere else where you use Markup in iOS, that action toggles between the marking tool that you're currently using or the eraser.
And you can see that change down at the bottom of the screen. So with the eraser selected, I could erase a line that I've written before, double tap to switch back to the pen, and I could make a correction here. But there's a setting that you can adjust for this. So let's go back to the home screen, and we'll go into settings, scrolling on the left side, you'll see that there is a category for the Apple Pencil. This settings category is only there, if you're using the newer second generation Pencil. From here, you can leave this set to toggle between the eraser in the current marking tool, or change it to toggle between the current and previous marking tool, or to show the color pallet.
Just keep in mind, this is a general global setting for the Markup tools in iOS. Other apps might have different settings related to the pencil, which may override these global settings. You can actually scroll here on the left side in settings, and look at settings for specific apps. So take a look at the options for the apps that you use with the Pencil, and see if there are any settings that override the global options. For example, if I go over to the settings for the Notes app, there it is, down at the bottom of this screen there's a setting to only draw with the Apple Pencil.
If I turn this option off, then I will also be able to draw with my finger in the Notes app. So let's close this, and go back to Notes. And I want to start by closing those Markup tools. So we're here at the regular interface. So from here, of course I can draw with the pencil, and even with that setting that we just turned off, I am not able to draw with my finger because I need to use my finger for other controls. But if I do activate the Markup controls, now I can draw with my finger.
So check your specific app settings, and get comfortable with Markup because these Markup controls appear in lots of other places. For example, you can take a screenshot, which is a picture of whatever is on your screen. So I'm just going to go to this web page. And I'll do the screenshot by holding the power button, and clicking the volume up button. You'll see it takes that screenshot. I can tap on the preview, and I have Markup controls right here. So I can draw directly on this screen capture. When I'm finished, I can choose whether I want to save it just tap the done button, and choose if you want to save it to your photo library, or delete it.
I'll save it, and I'll go back to the home screen, or let's go over to mail. I'm going to reply to this message, and I'm just going to tap somewhere in the body of the message, and you see these controls pop up. We've got some options. So I've got options to insert a drawing, which would just let me draw something with Markup tools, and attach it to the email, or I could insert a photo from my library. Let's do that. So I'll go to my photo library, scroll through here, and find the picture that I want to attach.
Tap on that. Tap use. Now that I have this picture attached to the message, I can tap on the picture, which brings up controls again, and I'm going to tap the button for Markup. So of course, I can draw directly on this picture, and make Notes or sketches directly on the picture. When I tap done, it will include that picture with the Markup as an attachment in this email message. So the big take away is that you can use the pencil for most standard touch controls, or you can use it for writing and drawing in apps that support it.
For apps that come bundled with iOS, there's a consistent set of drawing tools called Markup, which appear in a lot of places. And for other apps, there may be options that override those global settings.
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