Walking through the streets these days, it’s easy to get distracted by all the lights, the Christmas jingles and commercials. Until last night when I came to the end of a downtown street and looked up when a snow flake landed on my nose.

I had arrived at the park and the snow started to paint the landscape. This made me think of an activity I could do to recreate this moment.

Painting, sketching and drawing in Keynote. Now, I’m one of those who consider them selves not to be very skilled in the art of drawing, so I decided to take a picture and trace it. Because that, I can do!

Starting with tracing an existing picture has helped me to get onto the ice and be brave. The Drawing guide pushed my skills even further.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

Here is my story:

Open Keynote and start from a blank template.

Delete any of the text boxes.

Then tap on the plus sign at the upper right hand corner and in the media section tap on Photos and Videos.

Select your landscape picture you want to trace.

TIP: To make the tracing easier, select you image and tap on the paintbrush. Then go to the Style section and bring the opacity down to about 70%. This will give you both your image and the drawing result.

Next tap on the screen with your Apple Pencil and start tracing your image.

TIP: To get the exact same colors as in your picture you want to use the eyedropper feature. To find this, tap on the colored dot on swipe left on it. This will reveal the color wheel. Underneath it, you can find the eyedropper.

Once you are done tracing / drawing, delete your original image. After all no one wants to know that you traced this. Just kidding!

Going Further.

Now that the drawing part is done, you can take this idea further by animating the whole painting and bringing it to life.

TIP: Tap on the Line Draw animation to explore this.

If you are inspired to dive in deeper. Here are the resources that inspired me to come up with this example.

More info:

Everyone Can Create: Drawing

Everyone Can Create: Teacher Guide

Apple Teacher: Keynote for iPad Starter Guide


Have fun!