How to Use New Markup Color Tools in iOS 14 on iPhone and iPad

Apart from opening the gateway of customization with the addition of home screen widgets and offering a better way to keep the apps organized with the introduction of “App Library,” iOS 14 has also added several neat improvements including the “New Markup color tools.” With features like eyedropper tool, opacity slider, and Hexadecimal value support, you can now edit screenshots, photos, and choose different font and opacity thickness with more precision. If you are yet to use new Markup color tools in iOS 14 on iPhone and iPad, follow along to get started!

Use New Markup Color Tools on iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

Whether you want to create a good-looking note, edit your photos, add some nice customization to screenshots, or even insert a digital signature to a PDF document, the Markup tool has a role to play. With the inclusion of several precision tools, it now offers you more flexibility to create attractive designs or annotate PDFs.

1. To get going, access the Markup icon from apps like Photos, Safari, and Notes. You can also access it from a screenshot and Share Sheet as well.

Accessing markup tools in safari, screenshot, and notes

2. I’m going to bring it up from the Notes app. Simply open a note and then tap on the Markup icon at the bottom.

Tap on the Markup button

3. Next, tap on the color button at the bottom right corner of the screen to reveal all the new color tools.

Tap on the color button at the bottom right corner of the screen

4. You should see three tabs along the top: Grid, Spectrum, and Sliders. The Opacity slider is located along the bottom. Interestingly, there is also an option to save custom colors. To do it, tap on the “+” button at the bottom.

Using new Markup tools in iOS 14

One of my favorite additions to the Markup tools is the super handy “eyedropper” tool located at the upper-left corner of the screen. What makes this tool so user-friendly is the ability to pick a color from any source on the screen.

tap on eyedropper tool

Another notable feature is the option to select colors by hexadecimal values or using the dial option in each RGB value with the help of sliders or getting it done numerically.

5. In the end, make sure to tap on Done at the top right corner of the screen to finish.

Make sure to tap on Done at the top right corner to finish

6. Once you have selected your color of choice you can use it to annotate a screenshot or PDF, write in notes, and more.

using markup color tools in Notes app

Use Markup Color Tools on iPad and iPhone

With just one grid of choices featuring a total of 120 colors, the Markup color options seemed quite limited in iOS 13. Thanks to the addition of some notable tools like eyedropper and hexadecimal support, Markup seems to be a complete package now.

What’s your take on the new Markup color tools? Feel free to share your valuable thoughts about them and also let us know the changes you want to see in it.

Recently, we have covered several equally interesting iOS 14 topics like launching apps using the back tap gesture, preventing apps from having your precise location, and managing third-party access to the Photos app. Check them out, if you want to explore iOS 14 related topics.

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