Here’s how to easily animate images and insert digital signatures using Apple’s Text Edit

TextEdit is a powerful application that integrates into OS X by default. It comes pre-installed on Macs. You can easily find it on your Mac by typing ‘TexEdit’ in Spotlight Search or use this keyboard shortcut, Command + Shift + A to go directly to the Applications folder. I love TextEdit and have been using it since I switched to OS X 10 years ago. I have written the entire draft of my doctoral dissertation on it. I especially like to write long projects in plain text mode in TextEdit as it provides me with a distraction-free and simple interface that helps in the flow of ideas and creative thinking.

Like almost all of Apple’s products, the strength of its services lies in the deep features hidden beneath the surface. TextEdit is no exception. In a series of posts that I will share in the next few days, I will introduce you to some of these features and help you use the full potential of this word editing application.

In today’s post I am sharing with you the markup functionality provided by TextEdit. Markup allows you to annotate images in your documents. You can sketch, write or draw on them. You can crop, rotate, add callouts, add text and shapes without adding text edits, and incorporate your digital signature into your images and all. You can comment on an item ‘by sketching or drawing on it using your nearest iPhone or iPad’.

To start annotating images on TextEdit, move your pointer image and click on the markup pop-up menu , Then select the markup.
1- Sketch :

Lets you draw shapes using strokes. “If your drawing has been identified as a standard size, it has been resized to that size; instead of using your drawing, select it from the palette shown.”

2- Remove

“Draw shapes using a single stroke. Press your finger tighter on the trackpad to draw heavier, darker lines.”

3- Size

Lets you add shapes to your images. You can drag your size anywhere on the image. You can also resize, zoom and highlight.


Let’s put a text box anywhere on the image. You can then drag the text around.

5- Correct

“If the signature is listed, click on one, then drag it wherever you want. To resize it, use the blue handle. Click on the signature:

* Using your trackpad: Click on the text when prompted, sign your name on the trackpad using your finger, press any key when you’re done, then click Done. If you do not like the result, click Clear and try again.If your trackpad supports it, press your finger more firmly on the trackpad to sign with a heavy, dark line.

* Using your computer’s built-in camera: Hold your signature (on white paper) to the camera so that your signature is the same as the blue line in the window. When your signature appears in the window, click Done. If you do not like the result, click Clear and try again.

* Using your iPhone or iPad: Click Select Device (if more than one is available) to select the device. On your device, use your finger or an Apple pencil (on the iPad) to sign your name. When you’re done, tap Done. If you do not like the result, tap Clear, then try again “.

6- Shape style

Use it to change the thickness and type of lines used in the shape and to add shadows.

7- Border color

Use this to change the color of the lines used in the shape.

8-color fill

Use this to change the color used inside the shape.

9-Text style

Use it to change the font style and color of your text.

10- Peak

Use it to hide an image or part of a document. “Drag the white corner handle as long as the part you want to hold is not shown within the frame boundary. You can also drag to place the frame again. When you are ready, click Crop.”

11- Comment using iPhone or iPad, , , (Continuity markup)

“Sketch or draw an item using your nearest iPhone or iPad and comment on it. If both devices are close, click Annotate, then select a device. It may appear highlighted to show that your device is connected. To disconnect your device, click on the tool again. “

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