iOS 9 Mail app lets you draw on image attachments. Here's how you do that

iOS 9 Mail app lets you draw on image attachments. Here's how you do that
Another day, another not-so-obvious iOS 9 feature goes under the spotlight. In the paragraphs below, we'll show you how to edit images prior to sending them. No, you don't do that in your device's gallery application. Third-party image editing apps aren't involved in this guide either. Instead, all the action happens in your iPhone or iPad's stock Mail client.

Yup, iOS' pre-loaded Mail app lets you draw on and add text labels to image attachments. You may also save your signature and imprint it onto an image or a scanned document, perhaps. Here's how you do all that.

Let's say that you've already started writing a new email and you've attached an image to it. Tap on the image – this will cause a pop-up menu to appear. Choose "Markup".

Okay, now you should be in a whole new screen with your image in the middle and a bunch of buttons at the bottom. By default, the brush is highlighted and ready to be used with a color of your choice. At this point, you are free to draw onto the image using your fingers. Note that if you doodle a shape that the app can recognize – a circle, a line, or an arrow, for example – you may have it straightened automatically. Tapping on a drawn object lets you delete it or scale it by dragging one of the blue dots that appear.

The second button in the tools panel lets you enlarge a portion of the image, as if it was under a magnifying glass. You may move the magnifying glass by dragging it around. Sliding the blue dot outward makes the magnified area larger. As for the green dot, it determines the zoom level. Again, if you tap on one of these magnifiers, you'll be given the option to delete it.

We've come to the third button in the tools menu, which is used to adding text labels. Simply tap on the label to edit it. If you tap on the "aA" symbol that appears, you'll be allowed to change the size and font of the text, as well as its justification. There doesn't seem to be a way of adding a background color, but a clever use of the brush can rectify that.

And finally, the fourth button in the tools panel is for adding your signature to the image. This might come in handy if you're sent a scanned document that you need to sign. The cool thing about the signature is that it is saved for future use. 

So, that's how you edit image attachments in Mail for iOS 9. Do you see yourself using this feature often? Let us know in the comments!

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21 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31256; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It needs to be in messages and notes, not just email. C'mon Apple, copy those S-Pen features correctly now.

3. discharge unregistered

Seriously darrk??

6. AlikMalix unregistered

100% agreed dark.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31256; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep, if they're gonna implement it, do it across the board, photo album too. It's a neat feature, and a long time coming bro.

2. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Revolutionary!

4. discharge unregistered

Bull sh.t!!!

5. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Samsung and the others will follow.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31256; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My Note 5 does this in mail, messages photos, and with the s-pen. It also lets me add a pic to a pic. The Notes the ultimate multitasker/utility device bro.

11. discharge unregistered

Yes it is the note 5 is by far the best I've had in the smartphone market yet!! Still getting used to the s pen my first pen was on a old ass window phone, called a stylus lol if I remember it was a htc diamond around 2006 or so... Heck is windows mobile still around?? Lol

12. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

LG also let's you write over any screen and save it with QuickMemo, it's not quite as good as Samsung's, and it has no dedicated stylus, but it has served me well on several occasions and has been very useful on my G3.

14. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

You, you need to restart your LG 10 times!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA

16. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Haha, I upvoted you for the funny joke. But, seriously, I've hardly ever had to restart it. But nice try, I guess.

18. discharge unregistered

Cnour is a fool ignore that person!! Why give the attention they never had as a kid!!

19. discharge unregistered

He's got a LG with issues not us, ya he's the butt of the joke lol

13. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

But you need to restart your device 5 times to work in a perfect way!!!!!

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31256; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not saying you should buy a Note 5, but if you haven't done so, try one out. Samsung did a great job optimizing it, or maybe it's just the huge amount of DDR4 RAM in it. Great divice... You know I'm an iOS guy as well, so I split time between the two. They're both great devices.

17. discharge unregistered

Quit trolling cnour I bet you own a Walmart prepaid junk!! Enough already!! I bet you go for the free prepaid phones right?? And it's a flip phone, so shut up!!

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol isheep.

20. discharge unregistered

It's call $$$$$ and competitive market out there who cares just a device that suits your needs!! Problems solved

10. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

My it guys switched my work iphone from this to outlook and outlook is light years better. How Do the sheep even use this? Or does everyone just download outlook, Gmail, or another App right away in sheep land?

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31256; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We believe you.

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