Apple’s newest OS, the iOS 11, also made some dramatic upgrades when it comes to its screenshot capabilities. These include in-place annotation, brand new interface, and a fully-featured share sheet that enables users for quick posting of screenshots. Not only will these new features help you organize your photo library easier, it also enables you to create and share screenshots without the need of additional or third-party apps.

So the process of taking screenshots is still the same — hold down the Home and side buttons (side and Volume Up for iPhone X) until the screen flashes or makes a click sound. The new features apply on how the screenshots are processed.

Take multiple screenshots before editing or saving


It’s not immediately obvious from the interface, but even after the screenshot preview slides away, it’s still there. Taking another screenshot before processing the first will “stack” the screenshots together, allowing you to export or process them simultaneously. There’s no rush to take screenshots either: just don’t open them until you’re ready to process them all at once. Just like exporting a batch of images, you can apply all the regular processing to each screenshot individually. Then you can share them together or individually.

Export your screenshots quickly

By using the “quick save” trick on multiple screenshots, you can also export screenshots rapidly. Take several screenshots, then hold down on the stacked image in the lower left. This will pop open the share sheet with all of your files selected simultaneously. If you want to share multiple files more selectively, open one, then click the Share button in the lower-left.

Hold the Preview to summon the share sheet


Once you’ve taken a screenshot, tap and hold the Preview in the lower left of the screen. This will instantly invoke the share sheet. From the share sheet you can save screenshots or send screenshots to other people or applications. You can also share the “slow” way by tapping the share icon in the lower-left after opening the screenshot editing tool.

Delete screenshots when done

When you’re done sharing a screenshot, you can delete it immediately. No longer will it clutter your photos! Tap on the image to open it, then tap the Done button in the upper-left and select “Delete Screenshot” from the menu.

Annotate all you want


Annotating tools in iOS 11’s screenshot kit are long overdue. Fortunately, we now have quite a selection available to us. The brush tools at the bottom of the screen offer many different ways to draw on the images. Tap the + button on the right to get access to text tools.

Sign documents from screenshots

Saved signatures are also available within the Preview app. Tap the + icon and select Signature from the menu. If you don’t have any signatures on file, you’ll be prompted to create one. Then you can drop it right on top of an image.

Magnify and zoom

Zoom in on something for your viewer. Tap the + icon, then select Magnifier from the list. Drag the magnified circle around the screenshot to place it where it’s needed. Use the blue dot to change the size of the circle and the green dot to change its magnification power. If you save the image with the magnifier on, it will also be applied in the saved image.

Insert shapes


Tap the + button to find a number of custom shapes. You’ll find arrows, lines, boxes and speech bubbles, all of which can be edited to match your needs. These are much cleaner than drawings and can be easily changed or repositioned to boot.

Move annotations after marking them

Once you’ve made an annotation, it can be easily moved. Use the Lasso tool to select the annotation, then drag it around to reposition.


This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 6:22:58 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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