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    How to draw on WhatsApp

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    Draw on photos and videos with WhatsApp

    If you want draw on WhatsApp To embellish a photo or video to share with your contacts, do the following.

    For the first thing, avvia WhatsApp and select the chat in which you want to share the photo or drawing on which you intend to draw. After that, if you're using a device Android, presses the icon of clip located at the bottom right (in the bar where you type messages) and choose, through the menu that appears, whether to share an image or a video already present in the gallery or whether to use the camera of the device to take a photo or make a video. In the latter case you will have to press the central button at the bottom to take a photo or hold it down to make a video.

    If you use a iPhone, after selecting the chat in which to share the photo or video on which you intend to draw, presses the button + which is located at the bottom left and choose, through the menu that appears, whether to access the Photo and video library to select an existing content or whether to use the camera to take a new photo or make a new movie. In the latter case, you will have to press once on the central button which is at the bottom to take a photo or you will have to hold it down to create a video.

    I point out that on WhatsApp it is possible to share videos as large as 16MB, therefore with a duration that can hardly exceed 3 minutes. By making a short video or by cutting an existing video so that it has a duration not exceeding 6 seconds, you can also create a Animated GIF and draw on it.

    To turn a video into an animated GIF, you need to use the indicators on the timeline of the video to reduce the length of the movie to 6 seconds or less and press on the voice GIF which appears at the top right. If some steps are not clear to you and / or you want to know more about the process of creating GIFs in WhatsApp, read my guide on how to send GIFs on WhatsApp.

    Now the steps to take are the same on both Android and iOS. To start drawing on your photo (or video), press the icon of the pencil that you see in the upper right corner of the screen and choose the color of the stroke using the palette which is displayed on the right. Note that the last two colors of the palette are not normal colors: the Grey allows you to remove the color from the photo, while the palette portion a chess allows you to censor faces and writings through the pixelated effect.

    Once you have chosen the color you prefer, all you have to do is draw on the screen of your smartphone using your finger. If you make a mistake, you can retrace your steps by simply pressing on arrow which appears at the top left. If, on the other hand, you want to add text and smilies to your image (or your video), use the icons of the letter "T" and dell 'emoji that you find at the top right.

    When you're happy with the result, type a caption accompanying for your photo or video (if you want) and presses the icon ofairplane to post the content in chat. It was so easy, wasn't it?

    Please note: even if, as you well know, it is possible to use WhatsApp on PC, at the time of writing, the function to draw on photos and videos has not yet been implemented in the desktop versions of the service. This means that, at least for now, you have to be content with drawing from your smartphone screen!

    Draw in a WhatsApp Status

    As I also explained to you in my tutorial on how to create a Status on WhatsApp, the statuses on WhatsApp have evolved and become similar to the Stories that can be found on Instagram or Facebook (and before that on Snapchat). This means that from simple text messages (which can still be used), they have been transformed into a series of photos and videos that can be viewed by your contacts for a maximum period of 24 hours, after which they expire.

    Well, you should know that even photos and videos included in the WhatsApp States can be customized with the drawing tools present in the famous app created by Jan Koum and Brian Acton. How? I'll explain it to you right away. All you have to do is go to the tab State of WhatsApp (which on Android is located at the top center and on iOS at the bottom left), press the icon of camera and choose one of the available options: if you want to take a photo or video in real time, you have to use the circular button located in the lower center (press it once to take a photo or hold it down to make a movie). If instead you want to select an existing content from the gallery of your device, you must select the thumbnails that you find below.

    Now you just have to click on the icon of pencil located at the top right and use your finger to draw on the photo or video to share in your WhatsApp Status. When done, type a caption to accompany the content (if you want) and press the icon ofairplane for published in your WhatsApp Status. Again simpler to do than to say, right?

    Share drawings on WhatsApp

    You don't want to draw on photos and videos but create real ones drawings to share on WhatsApp? No problem. As I showed you in a previous post of mine, there are many apps for drawing, thanks to which you can create more or less professional level drawings directly from the display of smartphones and tablets. Clearly the best results are obtained using high-profile devices with very large screens and ad hoc input devices (e.g. an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil or a Samsung Galaxy Note), but also with common smartphones, passive pens or simply the finger, if you are good at drawing, you can get decent results.

    Among the many apps that allow you to draw on smartphones and tablets, I personally recommend you Autodesk SketchBook, which can be used at no cost (in its basic version, there is also a paid Pro version), includes many brushes and drawing tools and is compatible with both Android and iOS. It would be a professional solution, but even simple drawing enthusiasts can use it profitably without encountering particular difficulties (in fact it has a very intuitive interface). Do you want to find out how it works? I'll settle you immediately.

    After downloading Autodesk SketchBook on your smartphone, launch the application and skip the initial presentation to access the work plan. At this point, press the icon of pencil located at the top to select the drawing tool you want to use (eg. main pencil, vintage marker, fountain pen etc.), press the button (X) below to save your preferences and choose the colore of the stroke using the color wheel always positioned at the top.

    After creating your drawing, to share it on WhatsApp, press the icon of sheet located at the top left, select the item Share from the menu that opens and choose whether to post the image directly to WhatsApp (by first selecting the app icon and then the chat in which to post it) or whether to save it first in the gallery of your device and then post it on WhatsApp.

    In the second case, after saving the image in the gallery of your smartphone, you need to launch WhatsApp, select the chat in which to share the drawing and use the classic image sharing function, then you have to tap on the icon of clip (Android) or button + (iOS) and choose the option to select a content from the gallery.

    After selecting the drawing, choose whether to customize it further with writings, emojis and captions (just as seen before for the photos on which to draw) and presses the icon of theairplane to share your “masterpiece” in chat.

    If you don't want to draw yourself but share existing drawings on WhatsApp, I suggest you take a trip to one of the clipart sites that I pointed out to you in my tutorial on the subject, which contain thousands of freely downloadable and usable drawings, even for purposes commercial.

    Alternatively, you can also take a look at my tutorial where I pointed out the best sites that allow you to view and download drawings that are easy to copy. In short, you are spoiled for choice!

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