Sketch Mac Document: With the new iPadOS, iOS 13 and macOS Catalina feature called Continuity Sketch, you can use your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to sketch in Mac documents using your Apple Pencil or finger.
Continuity is Apple’s umbrella term for a set of technologies that enables different devices that are in close proximity to work better together. Continuity makes it possible for you to choose one device right where you left off from another. Your Mac can receive multiple phone calls through your nearby iPhone using Continuity.
Continuity is also available for other system features. As of iOS 13 and iPadOS, it lets you draw with pressure in Mac apps with an Apple Pencil on your iPad.
Besides, it turns your tablet into a professional graphics tablet for the Mac.
Continuity Sketch system requirements
Continuity Sketch needs iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina or later. The feature is supported by the following Apple device models:
iPhone and iPod touch
- iPhone 6s or newer
- iPod touch (7th generation) or newer
- iPhone SE
- iPad Pro (all models)
- iPad (5th generation) or newer/ Air 2 or newer/ Mini 4 or newer
- MacBook launched in 2015 or later
- iMac introduced in 2012 or later
- MacBook Air introduced in 2012 or later
- iMac introduced in 2012 or later
- MacBook Pro launched in 2012 or later
- Mac mini introduced in 2012 or later
- iMac Pro (all models)
- Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later
Make sure your Mac and iOS device must have internet and Bluetooth turned on and be signed in to iCloud having same Apple ID using two-factor authentication.
Follow along with us as we’ll discuss how to sketch a quick drawing for a document on your Mac using iPad and Apple Pencil thanks to Continuity Sketch.
How to sketch in Mac documents on iOS
Follow the steps below to request a new sketch from your iOS device and put it into the document you’re working on your Mac.
Open a document on your Mac.
Request a sketch from your iOS device by tapping either the File or the Insert menu. Also, select Insert from [device] → Add Sketch. Alternatively, Control-click within the document and select the choice Add Sketch from the shortcut menu.
Whether you tap the File or Insert menu depends on the particular app. In Apple apps like Pages or Keynote, for example, you must tap the Insert menu instead of the File menu.
A sketch window opens on your Mac. Now press the rightmost icon that is quite similar to a graphics tablet and a pencil and select the iOS device to use for sketching. The sketch window will get transferred to the selected iOS device, even if it was sleeping.
You only need to choose your preferred iOS device the first time you use Continuity Sketch. In that case, the sketch will open automatically on your last-used iOS device.
Now draw your sketch now! Take full benefit of pressure drawing to draw a more natural sketch with line width and style reacting to stroke pressure.
When satisfied with the results, click Done to end sketching and share your drawing wirelessly to the PC and have it automatically inserted into the document.
And just like that, you’ve created a vector drawing on your iPad using your pressure-sensing Apple Pencil stylus. It gets automatically inserted where you want it without you having to do anything, no apps required, no setup needed, no nothing — it just works.
Continue Sketch works with any Apple or a third-party app to supports the feature, including Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Mail, Messages, Notes, and TextEdit.
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