Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Pencil in bundled apps, part of Learning the iPad Pro.
- In this movie, we'll get comfortable with the pencil by using it in some of the bundled apps in iOS9. So let's start with the Notes app. Just going to tap on that to launch it. In iOS9, Apple included drawing tools in the Notes app, so that you could add sketches or hand-written text to your notes. This is a really great place to get familiar with the pencil. So I'm just going to use one of the notes that I already have here. I've got a list of camping gear that I need. So to get to the drawing tools, what I'll do is just tap anywhere on the note, and that brings up the onscreen keyboard.
Once the onscreen keyboard is here, you want to draw your attention to the buttons across the top row on the keyboard. One of those buttons, the one on the far right, is the drawing tools. So if I tap on that, it takes me to this drawing interface. And I want you to understand, we're creating a sketch as an attachment that will drop into this note. So at the bottom of the screen, we see our tools. There's a pen, a marker, a pencil, a ruler, and an eraser, and, of course, the color picker. So what I want to do is choose one of these tools.
So what I'm going to do is just choose the pen tool. So I'll tap on that, and then I could choose any color. Let me just go with black. It's going to be a little bit easier to see. And so I'm adding to the note of some things I need for my camping trip. So I'll just write that here. So I'll write I need batteries, water bottle, stuff like that. So I can add whatever I want with hand-written notes. Now one really important feature of the pencil and the iPad Pro is palm rejection.
The iPad has a touch screen, of course, but you don't want it to make marks when your hand touches the screen. You want the pencil to make marks. So the iPad Pro is designed to recognize when it's the side of your hand or your palm that's touching the screen, and it will ignore that input. So this means that you can rest your hand right on the screen while you're drawing, which is much more comfortable for most people. So I could do the hand-written text like I have here, but I could also do drawing. I could maybe choose the pencil, and I'll choose the red color, and I could do a stick figure here.
And notice how I can completely rest my palm on the surface of the screen, and it's no big deal. So I'll just do a little stick figure on a unicycle. Great. So those are the core features of the pencil. It's important to note for artists, that the pencil responds to pressure and tilt, but I want to spend more time with those features, so we'll talk about using the pencil for artwork in a separate movie. For now, let's talk a little bit more about some of the tools we have right here in the Notes app. So here in my drawing tools, there's also a ruler.
If you tap on the ruler, that will turn it on, and now I have this ruler on the screen. I can place my finger on that, and I can move it around, and I can also place two fingers on it to rotate it. So maybe I want to draw a perfect box around this stick figure. So I can place my ruler there. I'm going to go to the pen tool, and I'm going to switch back to black so it's easier to see. So what I'm going to do here is draw a perfectly clean, straight line. And to do that, I just place the tip of my pen on the ruler, but very close to the edge, and then as I draw, I get a perfectly straight line.
So now I can just rotate the ruler, put it in another position, draw another line up here, and so I can get that perfect box around this sketch, if I wanted to. So it's pretty handy. Now when you're done with the ruler, you can turn it off just by tapping on that button down in the tools again, and now it's gone from the screen. Now there's also an eraser tool. I can tap on that, and then I could just wipe over parts of the sketch that I don't want to erase those. And when you're done with your sketch or your hand-written notes, you can just hit the Done button, up in the top-left corner, and it just adds that image as an attachment to whatever note I was working on.
So I want to look at one more bundled app that takes advantage of the pencil, and that's the Mail app. So I'm going to hit the Home button to go to the Home screen, and I'll jump over to Mail. And I'm going to compose a new email message. Now you're not able to draw directly in the body of a message, but what you can do is attach a photo to your message, and then you can add Markup to that. So I'm just going to tap in the body of my message, and, again, on the tool bar at the top of the keyboard, there's an attachment button here.
The paperclip will attach a file, and the camera button will let me attach a photo from my library. So I'm going to go into that, I'll choose this photo, I'll hit use, and it drops that right in the body of my email message. So what we're looking at here is a feature called Markup. And Markup is covered more in detail in iOS9 iPhone and iPad Essential Training. But I do want you to see what you can do here with the pen tool and some other options. So I'm going to tap on this picture, and you see this little bubble pops up with some more options.
Now what I'm actually seeing here are options for text. So I need to tap on the photo again, and now I've got options specifically for that photo. And I have this button here for Markup. So I choose that, and now I've got my Markup tools. And, of course, we're going to start with the pen tool, and that's already selected down here at the bottom. I can choose my color with this button right here. So let's choose, let's just stick with black, because it's easier to see on the camera. And so from here, I could draw right on the image, and I could even add little bits of text, hand-written text of course, and I could put some labels on my pictures like that.
Now another thing you might want to do is use the signature tool. You might want to add your signature to your art here, or, more likely, you might need to add a signature to a PDF file for your approval. Using the pencil, it makes it so much easier and accurate to sign your signature. So what I'm going to do is just tap on the signature tool, it's on this little toolbar at the bottom, tap on that, and it gives me this field. Now I'm not going to use my actual signature here. I'm just going to kind of scribble out my name here. And then I'll hit Done.
And then it drops my signature right there on the photo. And I can move that around, I can place my finger on it and move it, I could grab one of the corners to resize it, or you'll notice if I put it down here, it's really hard to see. So as long as the signature is selected and it has the bounding box around it, I can tap on the color picker, and I could choose a different color, maybe yellow or even white would be easier to see here. So now that signature has been added to this photo, but that signature is also saved.
So I could tap somewhere else on this picture, so that signature is no longer selected. Then I can tap on the Signature tool again, and you can see that my signature is saved. I can tap on that, and it'll add it to the picture again. But this is really nice, because you can easily drop this signature onto a different picture later using the Markup tool. Now when you're done with the Markup that you're doing on your picture, you can just hit the Done button up in the top right corner, and now I've got this picture attached to my email message with all of that Markup added.
Now we would just need to put in the address for whoever I wanted to send this message to, put in a subject line, and then I could send it, but I'm not going to actually send this for now. So I hope you're starting to get comfortable with the pencil. There's some pretty useful tools built right into some of the bundled apps in iOS9. So you can start getting some practice with the pencil right away.