Is there a draw tool on Mac?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

There is a draw tool available on Mac called Preview. Preview is a default application that comes pre-installed on macOS and is primarily used for viewing and editing various file types, including images and PDFs. While it may not be as feature-rich as dedicated drawing programs, such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, Preview does offer basic drawing capabilities.

To access the drawing tools in Preview, you need to ensure that the Markup Toolbar is visible. You can do this by going to the “View” menu and selecting “Show Markup Toolbar.” Once the toolbar is visible, you will see a range of options, including the draw tool, which is represented by a crayon symbol located on the far right side of the toolbar.

By clicking on the draw tool, you can start doodling and drawing directly on the image or document you have opened in Preview. The pen tool allows you to draw with different colors, which can be selected from the color palette available in the toolbar. You can experiment with different colors to make your drawings stand out or to highlight specific areas.

While using the draw tool, you can also adjust the thickness of the lines you draw. However, the options for customization in Preview are relatively limited compared to professional drawing software. You won’t find advanced features like layers, blending modes, or advanced brush options. Preview’s drawing capabilities are primarily designed for quick annotations or simple sketches.

In terms of personal experiences, I have used Preview’s draw tool on multiple occasions to quickly annotate screenshots or add simple illustrations to PDF documents. It can be quite handy when you need to highlight specific areas or make visual explanations. However, if you require more advanced drawing features or want to create intricate artwork, you may need to consider using dedicated drawing software.

To summarize, while not as extensive as professional drawing software, Preview on Mac does provide a basic draw tool that allows you to doodle, draw, and annotate images and PDFs. It can be a convenient option for quick sketches or annotations, but for more advanced drawing needs, you might need to explore other software options.