Live Text has been added to macOS Monterey and iOS 15! This means that if you take a photo or screen shot, you can now select the text and have it read aloud. Example: Snap a picture of a menu, sign or even handwriting on a white board or take a screen shot. The text in these images can now be read a loud! Note: This works with old photos (not just recent images).
The Live Text feature is also available on 2018 and iOS 15 devices.
Note: Speak Selection must be turned on. On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Accessibility, then click Spoke Content. Select the “Speak Selection” checkbox. Click “options” to set the keyboard shortcut.
Some users prefer to copy the text into a document. Example: Students who are taking a picture of the teacher’s handwritten notes on the whiteboard. Once the text is highlighted, use Command+C or right click to choose Copy the text then paste the text (Command+V) into a document.
Tech savvy high schooler, Tyler Sheft, created a video tutorial to demonstrate how he uses Live Speak.
Note: Speak Selection must be turned on. Go to Settings > Accessibility > spoken Content. Turn on Speak Selection: To hear text you selected, tap the Speak Button.