Simplify Tool

The Simplify tool replaces text and other visual elements in an image with simplified objects to focus viewers' attention on the important elements in an image.
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Create simplified graphics for:

  • Single-sourcing images across languages, versions, or platforms.
  • Continuously changing interfaces or websites.
  • Focusing viewers' attention on the important elements in the image.

Auto Simplify an Image

The Auto Simplify option automatically generates simplified objects based on up to four colors in the image.

  1. In the Snagit Editor toolbar, click to select the Simplify tool.
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  2. In the Tool Properties, enable the Auto Simplify option. Snagit replaces the text and visual elements in the image with simplified objects based on four colors in the original image.
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  3. Draft the Detail slider to adjust the amount of Auto Simplify objects applied to the image.

    Changing the Detail level resets the Auto Simplify objects on the canvas. You will lose any edits made to the Auto Simplify objects on the canvas.

  4. To edit the four global colors generated, click the Simplify Object Colors dropdown to display the color palette. Click a color dropdown to change the color of the objects on the canvas and the Quick Styles.
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To edit the Auto Simplify objects or to add custom objects, see Edit Individual Objects or Add Custom Objects.

 

Add Custom Objects

Manually add your own custom objects.

  1. In the Snagit Editor toolbar, click to select the Simplify tool.
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  2. To edit the four global colors generated, click the Simplify Object Colors dropdown to display the color palette. Click a color dropdown to change the color of the Quick Styles.
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  3. Click to select a Quick Style.
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  4. Click and drag to draw the object on the canvas.

To learn how to edit objects, see Edit Individual Objects.

 

Edit Individual Objects

To edit an Auto Simplify or custom object on the canvas: 

Resize an Object
  1. Click to select an object on the canvas.
  2. Drag the handle in or out.
Move an Object Click to select an object on the canvas and drag it to the desired location.
Change the Object Properties
  • Shape: Click to select an object on the canvas. In the Tool Properties, select a shape from the Shape dropdown.
  • Color: Click to select an object on the canvas. In the Tool Properties, select a color from the Fill dropdown.
Delete an Object Click to select an object on the canvas and press the Delete key.
Show Original

(Windows)

Enable this option to show the original image behind the objects.

Lock Auto Simplify Objects

(Windows)

Enable this option to prevent edits to Auto Simplify objects on the canvas when using other Snagit tools.

Tip

Save the image as a .snag or .snagproj to make edits or update the image at a later time.