Where to find the best iPhone icon packs for your Home Screen

Customized iPhone Home Screens with Icon Packs

While iOS 14 came with some terrific new features, Home Screen customization seems to have taken off as one of the most talked about. You have Home Screen widgets that can be personalized, come in different sizes, for third-party apps, and can be put most anywhere.

Along with that and even though not new, creating custom app icons with Shortcuts has become more desirable. So if changing the app icons you see on your Home Screen is something that interests you, how about making sure you have the icons you want? Sure, you can use a photo of your pet or picture of your pal, but if you want to go with a theme, an iPhone icon pack is a terrific option.

Here are some awesome spots to find iPhone icon packs.

How to remove the background from an image using Preview

Preview Remove Background From Image on Mac

It would be wonderful if we could all be good at photo editing. But because we’re not, the experts give us tools to use that make editing images a little bit easier.

The Preview app on Mac isn’t the best option for editing photos, but for simple things it works. If you’d like to remove the background from an image using Preview on your Mac, this tutorial shows you two ways to do it.

How to export photos, videos and slideshows from Photos on Mac

Export Images from Photos Mac

If you want to send images, videos, or slideshows from Photos to another location on your Mac, you can export these types of items easily. And once you have the exported file, you can save it, send it, or use it in another app.

To export an item quickly, you can drag it from Photos to your desktop or another location. But you may want to take advantage of different settings when creating the export file. For instance, you might want to convert a JPG photo into PNG format or remove metadata like the location.

To help you create the type of file you want, here’s how to export photos, videos, and slideshows from Photos on macOS.

How to change image and PDF display sizes in Preview

Preview PDF Size Difference

Have you ever opened an image or a PDF in Preview on your Mac and it looked odd? It may have appeared to be sized incorrectly thus making it more difficult for you to work with.

Here, we’ll show you how to set the image and PDF display sizes in Preview on Mac so that they always appear as you want them.

Ways to save an image from a webpage in Safari on Mac

Save Image Mac Safari iDB

If you need an image for a school essay, article, or research paper - or just for your own personal use - you have a few options to save it from Safari if you find one online.

Before we show you these options, it’s important to note limitations when downloading images from the web. Just because you find an image, doesn’t mean you are allowed to use it for the purpose you intend. For more on this topic, Search Engine Journal has a handy guide to using online images legally that you can review.

Now, it’s time to get to work. You can download an image to a folder, the Photos app on Mac, your desktop, or as your desktop background. You can also simply copy and image and paste it where you need it.

Here’s how to save an image from a webpage in Safari using all of these options.

How to use the enhanced image picker in apps on iOS 14

Enhanced Image Picker on iPad

One of those iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 enhancements you might not notice at first, but is definitely an improvement, is the image picker. With this handy tool, you can browse and select images from your Photos library in apps like Mail, Messages, and Notes.

While there was nothing particularly wrong with the tool before, you will notice bigger screen, handy search field, and more effective design. All of this makes it simpler to find the photos you need. Here, we’ll show you how to use this improved image picker on iPhone and iPad.

How to add captions to photos and videos in Photos

Captioned picture in Photos on iPad

If you want to add something descriptive to your photos and videos, whether to make them easier to find or to explain them better, you can include captions. With iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS Big Sur, Apple brought the ability to add captions in the Photos app right on your device.

Adding the caption is easy once you know where to find the feature. So here we’ll show you how to add captions to images and videos in Photos.

How to customize group chats with photos, Memoji and more in the Messages app

Add Group Conversation Photo Messages iPad

You may have group conversations in Messages with your closest friends, family members or business associates. One way to customize a group conversation is to give it a descriptive name. But as of iOS and iPadOS 14, another way is to set a group photo, emoji, or Memoji. And, if you have macOS Big Sur installed, you set a group photo there too.

By customizing your group conversation, you can make it stand out so it’s easier to find in the message list. Or you might simply add a photo for something fun and entertaining. Either way, it’s easy to do. Here’s how to set a group conversation photo in Messages.

How to mark up and annotate Photos on Mac

Photos Markup toolbar

Whether for business or fun, you may want to mark up a photo on your Mac. Maybe you want to call out part of an image, point to something in a photo, insert additional text, or use another type of annotation.

The Markup tool that you might be familiar with in other apps on your Mac is available in the Photos app too. So to help you, here’s how to mark up and annotate images in Photos on Mac.

How to combine and break up shapes in Pages, Numbers and Keynote

Combine Break Apart Shapes Pages Mac

Working with shapes in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote is easy to do and can improve your document. Whether you insert a shape for a useful purpose or simply the appearance, there is a nice selection to pick from. But, if the exact shape you need isn’t in the collection, you may have to get a little creative.

Sure, you can go search the web for the shape you want, but if you have the basic tools to create what you need, you can save yourself some search time. You can combine shapes in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to create something unique. And of course, you can break apart combined shapes too. Our tutorial shows you how to do both.

How to fill shapes with colors, gradients or images in Pages, Numbers and Keynote

Pages Mac Fill Shape

Working with shapes in your documents, spreadsheets, and slideshows can be helpful. You might add basic shapes like squares and circles or meaningful shapes for education and transportation. The nice thing about using these kinds of shapes is that you can customize them. So they don’t just have to be blue on white.

With the flexibility of filling shapes in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, you can use colors, gradients, or images. Each option can serve a great purpose or provide a terrific appearance. Here, we’ll show you how to fill your shapes in these three apps on Mac and iOS.

Filling shapes in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

Type of shape fills

You have a handful of fill options for shapes on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Note that some features described below are currently only available on Mac.

The Color fill lets you pick a preset color. On Mac, click the palette button to choose just the right shade. Select an option from the top of the pop-up window to use the color wheel, sliders, palettes, image palettes, or pencils.

The Gradient fill gives you a quick way to add that to your shape. Pick the colors, angle, direction, and degrees.

The Advanced Gradient (Mac) lets you get into more detail with the gradient you want to use. You can choose from a linear or radial gradient and reverse the direction.

The Image fill lets you choose how to display the image such as scale or stretch. If you pick original image or tile, the scale settings will be enabled for you. Click or tap Choose to select your photo or image.

The Advanced Image (Mac) fill lets you pick colors as the background for your image.

Fill shapes on Mac

When you want to fill a shape in one of these three apps on your Mac, the process is the same. So open your document in the app you want to use and follow along. To illustrate, we’ll use Pages.

1) To add a shape, click the Shape button in the toolbar or Insert > Shape from the menu bar.

2) With your shape selected, click the Format button to open the sidebar and pick the Style tab.

3) Click the triangle next to Fill to expand and view all of your options.

4) In the drop-down box, you can choose a color, gradient, or image. The gradient and image fills give you the advanced options mentioned above.

With each adjustment you make to the type of fill or settings for it, you’ll see your changes immediately. This makes it convenient to get the exact look you want.

Fill shapes on iPhone and iPad

Like on Mac, the process for filling your shapes is the same in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on iPhone and iPad. So open the app and document you want to use and then do the following.

1) To add a shape, tap the plus sign at the top and choose the Shape icon.

2) Pick a shape category and tap to select the shape you want to use.

3) With your shape selected, tap the Style button (brush icon) and pick the Style tab.

4) Tap Fill and then pick your fill style from the top; Preset (quick color selections), Color, Gradient, or Image.

Again, you’ll see any changes you make to the fill you pick immediately. So you can continue adjusting as necessary.

Wrapping it up

When you want to fill a shape in Pages, Numbers, or Keynote, you definitely have some flexibility. There are times when a simple, solid color gets the job done, a gradient looks nicer, or an image is there for a reason. So, keep this tutorial in mind the next time you want to fill a shape in one of those three apps.

What are your thoughts on using shapes in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote? Do you find the options decent or lacking? Do you think more fill options would be great and if so, which ones? Share your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter.