How to add hand-drawn sketches to Evernote on iOS devices

How to add hand-drawn sketches to Evernote on iOS devices
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How to add hand-drawn sketches to Evernote on iOS devices

Use your finger or stylus to add sketches directly in Evernote. Insert diagrams and handwritten notes right alongside your photos, audio recordings, and file attachments. Evernote recognizes handwritten text inside your notes so you can search for it later.

Sample sketching note

Ways to sketch:

  • Add diagrams to class and meeting notes

  • Jot down ideas when renovating an office or home

  • Draw UI designs for app screens or web pages

  • Create video storyboards


How to add sketches

1. From any opened note in edit mode, tap the pen button or tap the paperclip, then select ‘Ink’ (pen).

Launch sketching


2. Sketching tools appear at the top of the screen. Tap the pen or highlighter to start sketching notes with your finger or stylus.

Sketching toolbar


3. Tap Done to save. Images resize to fit perfectly inside your note. Ink sketches are saved as .PNG images that can be annotated, downloaded, and edited on other iOS and Android devices.  Once annotated, handwriting images can’t be edited.

Note: You can change the line weight on any device that supports 3D Touch by adjusting your writing pressure. (This works with the Apple Pencil on an iPad Pro.)


Explore sketching tools

Sketching pen options

  • Ink tool icon Add a sketch: Opens up a blank canvas for you to add a sketch to a note.
  • Pen tool icon Pen: Write or draw freeform strokes in a variety of colors and sizes.
  • Pen tool icon Highlighter: Add semi-transparent color to your sketch.
  • Pen tool icon Eraser: Remove any unwanted strokes. Tap a second time, and select ‘Clear All’ to clear the entire canvas.
  • Pen tool icon Selection: Select, copy, cut, or move parts of a sketch around. To select an object, draw a border around it. Once selected, simply drag the object to move it to a new location. To cut and copy, long press anywhere inside the selection border, then long press again outside the border to paste.
Sketching copy and cut option
Select and copy
Paste sketch
Paste to new location
  • Ink tool icon Undo: Undo the action most recently performed.
  • Redo tool icon Redo: Reverse the action most recently undone.
  • Rotate tool icon Rotate: Rotate entire image 90 degrees in a counter-clockwise direction.
Sample sketch
Sample of a rotated sketch


Note: Once you start drawing, the canvas locks the orientation (portrait or landscape)


Frequently asked questions

Which iOS devices support sketching?

Ink sketches are supported on iOS 8.1 and later, including:

  • iPhone 4s and newer

  • iPod Touch (5th gen and newer)

  • iPad 2 and newer,

  • iPad Mini (1st gen and newer)

  • iPad Pro

The pressure-sensitive feature is only available on iOS devices that support 3D Touch (iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and on iPad Pro using Apple Pencil).


How do I edit existing sketches?

To modify existing sketches, hide your keyboard if it’s open, then tap on the sketch. If you add a sketch on an iPhone (and haven’t annotated it) you can edit it on any of your iOS or Android devices that supports sketching. Learn more


How do I add content above or below a sketch?

To add text, images, and files above or below a sketch, simply tap above or below your sketch and continue adding content.



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