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The powerful sketching tool you probably didn’t know about (but definitely should)

Continuity Sketch
(Image credit: Apple)

Whether it's brainstorming ideas, working on a prototype or finding the right colour for your logo, nailing down all the fine details of a creative project can be extremely time-consuming. Which is why we're always super-excited to discover tools that help make life just that little bit easier. 

Continuity is Apple's technology, which allows users to seamlessly move between multiple devices. Handy indeed. And it just got a whole lot better, as the latest Catalina (Apple's OS) update introduced two new members of the Continuity family: Continuity Markup and Continuity Sketch. And it's the latter of the two that's really piqued our interest. 

Continuity Sketch allows users to create a sketch on an iPad or iPhone, which they can then automatically insert into any document on a Mac (see our list of the best drawing apps for iPad to get started). While it might not seem like a big thing, the potential this has to enable creatives to seamlessly develop artwork across multiple devices is huge. It also undoubtedly saves time (and hassle) when transferring assets. 

Catalina Sketch

Working across devices has never been easier (Image credit: Apple)

The technology requires iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina or later to work, plus compatible devices must have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on, and be signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID. With devices connected, all you need to do position the cursor where you want to insert a sketch, choose File > Import from iPhone or iPad > Add Sketch. A blank window will appear on your iPad or iPhone with markup controls for you to draw with an Apple Pencil or your finger, and voila! When you're done, simply click Done and the sketch will appear on your Mac as a file to save. 

For more information on Continuity and Apple's Sidecar technology, which enables an iPad to work as a second screen, visit the Apple website. 

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