Here Is How to Easily Annotate Images and Insert Digital Signatures Using Apple's TextEdit

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TextEdit is a powerful application integrated by default into OS X. It comes pre-installed on Macs. You can easily locate it on your Mac by typing  'TexEdit' in Spotlight Search or use this keyboard shortcut, Command+Shift+A, to go straight to the Applications folder. I love TextEdit and have been using it since I made the switch to OS X over 10 years ago. I have even written the whole draft of my doctoral dissertation on it. I particularly like to write lengthy projects in the Plain Text mode in TextEdit as it provides me with a distraction-free and a simple interface that helps with the flow of ideas and creative thinking.

 As is the case with almost all of Apple's products, the strength of its services lie in the deep features hidden beneath the surface. TextEdit is no exception. In this series of posts that I will be sharing over the next few days, I will introduce you to some of these features and help you tap into the  full potential of this word editing application. 

In today's post I am sharing with you Markup functionality provided by TextEdit. Markup allows you to annotate images in your documents. You can sketch, write, or draw on them. You can also crop, rotate, insert callouts, add text and shapes, and insert your digital signature into your images and all without leaving TextEdit. You can even annotate an item by 'sketching or drawing on it using your nearby iPhone  or iPad'. 

To start annotating images on TextEdit,  move your pointer over an image and click on the  Markup pop-up menu then choose Markup.

Here are some of the main markup tools provided by TextEdit and featured in Apple's TextEdit User Guide:

1- Sketch :
Lets you sketch shapes using strokes."If your drawing is recognised as a standard shape, it’s replaced by that shape; to use your drawing instead, choose it from the palette that’s shown."

2- Draw 
"Draw a shape using a single stroke. Press your finger more firmly on the trackpad to draw with a heavier, darker line."

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

Let's you insert a text box anywhere on the image. You can then drag the text around.

5- Sign 
"If signatures are listed, click one, then drag it where you want. To resize it, use the blue handles. To create a new signature, click the Sign tool, click Create Signature if shown, then click how you want to create your signature: 

      * Using your trackpad: Click the text when asked, sign your name on the trackpad using your finger, press any key when you’ve finished, then click Done. If you don’t like the results, click Clear then try again.If your trackpad supports it, press your finger more firmly on the trackpad to sign with a heavier, darker line.
      * Using your computer’s built-in camera: Hold your signature (on white paper) facing the camera so that your signature is level with the blue line in the window. When your signature appears in the window, click Done. If you don’t like the results, click Clear then try again.
      * Using your iPhone or iPad: Click Select Device to choose a device (if more than one is available). On your device, use your finger or Apple Pencil (on iPad) to sign your name. When you’re finished, tap Done. If you don’t like the results, tap Clear, then try again".

6- Shape Style 
Use this to change the thickness and type of lines used in a shape and to add a shadow.

7-  Border Colour 
Use this to change the colours of the lines used in a shape.

8-Fill Colour 
Use this to change the colour used inside a shape.

9-Text Style 
Use this to change the font style and colour of your text.

10- Crop 
Use this to hide part of an image or document. "Drag the white corner handles until just the area you want to keep is shown within the frame’s border. You can also drag the frame to reposition it. When you’re ready, click Crop."

11- Annotate using iPhone or iPad,   (Continuity Markup)
"Annotate an item by sketching or drawing on it using your nearby iPhone  or iPad . If both devices are nearby, click Annotate , then choose a device. The tool may appear highlighted to show your device is connected. To disconnect your device without using it, click the tool again."