Snagit (Windows): Images Are Blurry or Fuzzy

Problem

The image quality appears to be blurry or fuzzy.

Solution

Image Scaling

The most common cause for blurry images is that the image has been resized (scaled) from its original size. To get the best possible quality, the image should be displayed at the same size that it was originally captured at. If a capture has dimensions of 300x200, the best size for that image in other applications is 300x200. If percentages are being used for sizing the image, set the image to 100%. This would display the image at its original size and result in the best quality for that image.

Example: Scrolling Capture Shared to a Word Document

In most cases, scrolling captures will be very long, and have very large dimensions. Microsoft Word will automatically down scale large images so that the image can fit on a single page in the document. As a result, a large scrolling capture pasted into a Word document may look small, and blurry. Instead of using the entire scrolling capture in the document, capture a smaller area of the screen and use smaller images in the document.

Zoom

While the image may not be being resized, if the application being used to view the image is zoomed in or zoomed out, then this can also make the image look blurry. Adjust the zoom level of the application to 100%.

Tip!

If in the Snagit Editor, click View > Actual Size to view the image at 100% zoom.

File Format

Different image file formats such as a JPG use a compression algorithm to make the image have a smaller file size. Some compression algorithms are called lossy because they sacrifice image quality for the sake of compression.

JPG is a lossy file format. You will notice artifacts around characters that look like little dots or smudges. To preserve quality, choose a different, lossless file format such as BMP, PNG, or TIF.