What Are Annotations?
Annotations are markups that are overlaid onto an image, usually using arrows, lines, circles, or other shapes to draw attention to specific features. They serve as a visual aid that helps point out or emphasize certain elements. Think of them as digital sticky notes you can place anywhere on an image.
Annotations help provide feedback by allowing collaborators to quickly show and explain what they want. For example, a client could use annotation to indicate the under-eye bags that they find unflattering. Or, a collaborator could point out a specific feature in a photo that they think is the selling point.
When to Use Annotations
Annotation tools come in handy when you want to:
- show specific changes to an image that can’t be accomplished with words.
- highlight what you think is working on an image.
- visually communicate ideas for retouching.
- emphasize specific features of your subject, such as fur or eyes.
- draw attention to one element over another.
- remark on the design and general look-and-feel of an image.