Selection

The Selection tool provides options for selecting parts of an image. After making a selection on the canvas, you can cut, copy, move, delete, edit, or apply effects to the selection.

Selection Overview

To open the selection options, click the Selection tool in the Snagit Editor toolbar.

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The tool properties appear on the right-side of Snagit Editor. Before selecting an area on the canvas, adjust the following properties:
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What Do You Want to Select?

Learn how to make a selection based on your image editing needs.

What do you want to select? Steps

Select an Area

Select an area on the canvas.

  1. In the Tool Properties, select a shape.
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  2. Click and drag on the canvas to select the area.

Select an Irregular-Shaped Object

Select objects or text that include rounded edges, jagged edges, or irregular shapes.

  1. In the Tool Properties, select Freehand.
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  2. Enable the Snap to Object option.
  3. Click and drag on the canvas to draw around the object to select.
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  4. Snagit snaps to an object within the area. To adjust the selection, drag the Select slider in the Tool Properties.
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  5. Drag the Select slider to adjust what is selected on the canvas.
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Select a Group of Vector Objects

Select a group of vector objects to edit or align on the canvas. Vector objects include callouts, text annotations, arrows, and other objects created from the Snagit Editor tools.

 

  • Hold the Command key and click to select each object.
  • To select all the vector objects in an image, select Edit > Select All.

White handles appear when you hover the cursor over a vector object in an image. If the handles do not appear, the object is a permanent part of the image. To learn how to select non-vector objects, see Select an Irregular-Shaped Object.

Remove or Edit the Background

Remove the background from an image or replace the background color.

  1. In the Tool Properties, select Freehand.
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  2. Enable the Snap to Object option.
  3. Select the Transparent option for the Background Fill.
  4. Click and drag on the canvas to draw around the content to keep.
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  5. Drag the Select slider to adjust what is selected on the canvas.
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  6. Right-click on the canvas and select Invert Selection to switch to the area outside the current selection.
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  7. Press the Delete key.

The background selection is deleted from the canvas.
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Erase or Move Text and Objects

When moving or deleting items in an image, Snagit can automatically fill the removed area to match the surrounding content. Rearrange or erase items such as text, buttons, logos, icons, etc.

  1. In the Tools Properties, select a shape.
  2. Select the Auto-Fill Background option.
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    • Use Optimize for: Speed when the content surrounding the selection is a single color, simple, or when detail is not important.
    • Use Optimize for: Photo Quality when the content surrounding the selection is complex such as a pattern or a photo. This advanced option allows you to drag the sliders to customize the level of detail and quality for the fill.
  3. Select the area on the canvas.
  4. Click and drag to move the selection to another location or press the Delete key to delete the selection.

The removed area is automatically filled based on the content surrounding the original selection.

 

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