In this article, you learn How To Use The iPad Pencil. What’s the use in getting an Apple Pencil if you’re not using a lot of the features? The Apple Pencil is a great tool, and when I got the first generation pencil with a second-generation iPad Pro, I only used it to Mark up documents.
But since then, iPad OS has had some other upgrades, and now there’s so much more that you could do with it to really speed up your work, make you more productive, and save you time. Most of the tips that I’m going to mention are going to work with both the first generation and the second generation pencils, and I’ll point out where there are some small differences. It’s important to note that the devices are not cross-compatible.
So you can’t pair the first-generation pencil with something like the iPad Air Four or the iPad Pro, and you can’t pair the second-generation pencil with the iPad Eight. I’ll put a compatibility list on the screen for each version and make sure that you get the one that’s right for your device. All right, so let’s get to my list of favorite Apple Pencil tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Apple Pencil.
You can read about this article:
- How To Use The iPad Pencil:
- Deleting and adding text:
- Charging the Apple Pencil:
- Copy handwritten notes:
- Screenshots WITH Apple Pencil:
- Apple Pencil BATTERY:
How To Use The iPad Pencil:
No need to put your apple pencil away. when you want to add a reminder or reply to a message. here’s how you can use your apple pencil to write in even more places starting with iPad os 14. your apple pencil converts your handwriting to text as you write this feature is called scribble and it works in any text field just start writing with your apple pencil.
Read your handwriting transform here are some helpful scribble gestures. you can try touching and holding between two letters with your apple pencil to add a space then write a new word in the gray text field that appears. Use the shortcut palette to access actions that are normally found on the keyboard this changes depending on the app you’re using need to select a few words to copy or format them just circle.
Draw a line through a word or sentence draw a vertical line between two words to create a single word or draw a line between letters in a single word to create two words and scratch out a word.
Phrase to delete it to use scribble in notes tap the handwriting tools icon with your apple pencil and then tap the scribble tool. this will change your handwriting to text as you write but you can select another tool to keep your handwriting as notes can tell the difference between words and drawings.
So you can select handwritten words to use in other places just double-tap with your finger to highlight a single word. you can also sweep your finger over your writing to select more text like an entire phrase, or paragraph want to paste your handwriting as text.
Tap your selected words with your finger and then tap copy as the text you can paste in the same app And switch to a different one tap. where you want to place the text then tap paste and there it is.
How To Use The iPad Pencil:
notes recognize handwritten dates addresses, phone numbers, and more.
just tap an item to take action like sending an email or viewing an address on maps the shape recognition feature helps fine-tune some of the shapes you draw in notes with your apple pencil.
just draw a shape and hold your apple pencil in place to watch your shape become more defined. Now, you can draw a nicely rounded circle freehand asymmetrical star and other shapes nicely.
Now, you’re ready to use your apple pencil in even more apps on your iPad. try it out yourself to learn more about what you can do with your iPad and apple pencil.
Text and scribbling:
First, I want to cover working with text and scribbling. The iPad can now recognize your handwriting and convert it into text.
In notes. Tap on the pencil icon to show the Markup toolbar. Tap the Handwriting Tool and then start writing with the Apple Pencil and Scribble will automatically convert your handwriting into typed text. If you want to select some text, you can double-tap on a word to select it or triple-tap to select a whole line or paragraph. If you’re looking to select multiple words, you can either draw a line through them or circle them to make the selection.
There are also going to be times when you need to add or remove space between words. Simply draw a line between the two words to remove a space or a line between two letters to add a space, and once you get used to how this works, it becomes second nature.
Deleting and adding text:
The next tip has to do with deleting and adding text. To delete a word, just scratch it out and you’ll see that the iPad immediately removes it. If you’re looking to add some text, touch and hold in a text area and then wait for the Gray space to appear.
Now write what you want to add and the space will close around your new text.
Charging the Apple Pencil:
Moving on. I want to talk about charging the Apple Pencil the second-generation Apple Pencil can be easily charged wirelessly by attaching it to the iPad itself. This is also how you pair the pencil with the iPad. The first generation pencil has a Lightning Port, so it can be paired and charged by inserting it into the Lightning port on your iPad.
I’m always worried that someone won’t notice and will either grab the pencil or the iPad and damage one or both of the devices. Apple does provide a Lightning adapter, which I think I lost within a week. Rather than buying another one, I bought a female Lightning cable, which I linked to in the description, and that way I can just plug the pencil directly into it and I don’t have to have a loose adapter on my desk at all times.
Copy handwritten notes:
Moving on to the next tip you can also copy handwritten notes and then paste them as text. First, use the selection tool at the bottom and then circle the handwritten notes you want to copy.
Tap on the selection and choose Copy as text. You can now go to another app or another note. Hit paste and you’ll see the handwritten note was converted into type text. If you’re still with me and have gotten value from this video, give it a thumbs up. It very much helps the video and the channel, and it lets me know what kind of content you like so that I can make more of it.
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Screenshots WITH Apple Pencil
Next, I want to talk about one of the original reasons that I got the Apple Pencil, and that’s to Mark up screenshots and documents. I develop websites for small and medium-sized companies, and a lot of times it’s just easier to explain something with a small note. So what I do is I’ll take a screenshot of a website and then add comments right on the image. I can quickly point to a design element and show where I’m thinking of moving into or just add notes about what changes I’m proposing.
Apple pencil sketching:
The next tip is one that I didn’t think I would use much, and I was really surprised at how often it comes in handy. Using the Apple Pencil, you can compose and add a sketch to an outgoing email. Just open the Mail app and create a new email. Then hit the drawing icon on the bottom right. You’ll get a dedicated interface to work with where you have all the tools that you’re used to having inside of notes.
You can sketch out whatever it is you need. Hit Done on the top left when you’re finished, and then insert the drawing and you’re good to go.
Apple Pencil Signing Documents:
Another tip, which is an absolute necessity now, and an incredible time-saver, is signing documents using the Apple Pencil. This is a tip I mentioned in my iPad Tips part two video, and there are three different ways to accomplish this depending on which app you’re using. So I’ll link to that video.
At the end, I’ll show you how it’s done in Dropbox, where you just open the PDF, then click on the Open with icon and Select Add Text or Signature. You can add a signature using the Apple Pencil place and Resize it on the screen and you’re good to go. I love this interface because it lets me add today’s date and my signature is saved for future use so I don’t have to add it every time. All right,
Apple Pencil Adding Notes:
moving on. I’m all about saving time when I can, even if it’s just a few seconds here and there because it makes me feel more productive and it makes my workflow feel smoother.
When I want to quickly add a note, I have my iPad set up to where I can just tap the pencil on the lock screen and it will automatically open a blank note. To activate this, go to Settings, scroll down to find Notes, then scroll all the way down to where you’ll find Access Notes from Lock Screen You have two options there. Either always create a new Note, which is what I do, or Resume from the Last Note, which is also a good option if that works better for your workflow. Once you activate this, you can go back to your lock screen, tap on it with a pencil and you’ll see the Notes app open with a blank note and you’re ready to start writing next. One of the things that I find challenging to do is to create precise lines when I’m drawing.
Some other apps, which I’ll get to in a minute allow you to modify the line after it’s drawn so you can draw it short, and then you can like grab the tip and reposition it or lengthen it, and it’s less important to get it right the first time. But the Notes app isn’t quite as versatile, so if you want to make sure that your lines are precise, you can use the ruler. Just click on it from the Markup toolbar and you’ll see a ruler appear. You can align and rotate it and then use it to draw more precise lines.
Apple Pencil BATTERY:
Earlier in the video I talked about charging the Apple Pencil and the battery life on these little guys is actually really good and they charge very quickly.
You can get approximately 30 minutes of use after a 15 2nd charge and a full charge normally takes about 15 minutes. And to check the battery on your Apple Pencil, you have a couple of options. If you’re using the second generation pencil, you can just dock it on the top of the iPad and you’ll see the battery icon appear with a percentage. If you’re using the first-generation pencil or you don’t want to put the second-generation pencil away, you can add the batteries widgets to your home page. I have my widgets locked on my home screen, so I can always see the battery life of my iPad, Apple Pencil, and AirPods or AirPods Pro whenever I’m using my iPad.
If you don’t have the Keep on Home Screen option enabled, you can swipe right from the home screen to see the widgets. It’s possible that you removed the battery’s widget from this section, so if you don’t see it, touch and hold any widget until the edit screen appears, and then tap the plus icon on the top left. Scroll down to find the batteries widget and then drag it onto today’s view. Then click done and you’re all set.
just tap an item to take action like sending an email or viewing an address on maps the shape recognition feature helps fine-tune some of the shapes you draw in notes with your apple pencil. just draw a shape and hold your apple pencil in place to watch your shape become more defined. Now, you can draw a nicely rounded circle freehand asymmetrical star and other shapes nicely. Now, you’re ready to use your apple pencil in even more apps on your iPad. try it out yourself to learn more about what you can do with your iPad and apple pencil.
I want to talk about charging the Apple Pencil the second-generation Apple Pencil can be easily charged wirelessly by attaching it to the iPad itself. This is also how you pair the pencil with the iPad.
When I want to quickly add a note, I have my iPad set up to where I can just tap the pencil on the lock screen and it will automatically open a blank note. To activate this, go to Settings, scroll down to find Notes, then scroll all the way down to where you’ll find Access Notes from Lock Screen You have two options there. Either always create a new Note, which is what I do,
Apple Pencil CONSULTATION
Now, most of the tips I showed so far have been using apps that come with your iPads but there are a ton of other functions for it.
I use it with different note-taking apps like Good notes, notability Nebo and Evernote. I also use it with procreate and pretty much every time I use Lightroom because it makes it so much easier to do things like tracing an outline or creating a mask. If you have questions about any of the apps that I mentioned or even other ones and you want me to cover them in a future video, let me know in the comment section. Remember that I have links in the description to all the products that I talked about.