Introduction to Tools

The Snagit Editor toolbar consists of image editing tools to annotate, edit, and enhance image captures.

Tools are only available for image captures. Share your video to TechSmith Camtasia to enhance it with annotations and effects.

  1. Click to select a tool from the Snagit Editor toolbar. To learn more about tools, see Default Tool Types or More Tool Types.
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  2. The settings available for the tool appear in the Tools Properties panel. Click to select a Quick Style or manually edit the properties. See Using Tool Properties.
  3. The method for using the tool or drawing on the canvas depends on the tool selected. See Default Tool Types or More Tool Types.

 

Default Tool Types

Default tool types and how to use them:
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Customize the toolbar with your most used tools. See Customize Snagit.

Favorites

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Save frequently-used Quick Styles to Favorites for quick access.

  • To save a Quick Style to Favorites, click the s20-FavIconDisabledSmall.png icon on the style.
  • To remove a Quick Style from Favorites, click the s20-FavIconEnabledSmall.png icon on the style.

The icon appears yellow when a Quick Style is saved to Favorites.

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Use Favorite tools to annotate images while recording a video from images. See Create Video from Images.

Arrow

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Add an arrow to call attention or highlight an item in the image.

  • Click and drag on the canvas to draw an arrow.
  • For a curved arrow:
    • Windows: In the properties, enable the Bezier Curve option. Click and drag a point on the arrow to start the curve. As you edit the arrow, a white handle appears on the canvas. Drag the handle to continue to edit the curve.
    • Mac: Click and drag the yellow handle to add a curve.

Text

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Add captions, headings, or other text to an image.

Select the outline and fill colors for your text. You can also choose text alignment, text size, and text font. To edit text, double-click the text box to type the desired text. See Grab or Replace Text.

Callout

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Add a callout to call attention or highlight an item in the image. A callout includes an annotation plus text.

To choose the new callout arrow style, select Tools Properties > Callout Style dropdown > select the callout arrow style.
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  1. Click the Outline or Fill dropdown and complete one of the following:
    • Click to select a color from the preset colors or from the color palette.
    • Click the Eyedropper tool and then click to select a color from anywhere on the screen.
    • Enter a HEX or RGB value into the field.
  2. Click and drag on the canvas to draw the callout.
  3. Enter text within the callout.
  4. Use the handles to control the following:
    • To resize the callout, drag the white handles.
    • To resize the callout tail, drag the yellow handles. (Windows)
    • To add an extra callout tail, drag the blue handle out. (Mac)
    • To rotate the callout, drag the green handle.
    • To move the callout body around the callout tail, draf the anchor point.
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Shape

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Add a shape or frame to an image. You can choose the shape, outline and fill color.

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  • To resize the shape, drag the white handles.
  • To rotate the shape, drag the green handle.

For polygon:

  1. Click and drag on the canvas to draw the first side of the shape.
  2. Click to anchor each corner of the shape.
  3. Double-click (Windows) or press Enter (Mac) to complete the shape.

Stamp

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Annotate an image with Snagit's default stamps, download more from the TechSmith Assets website, or create your own stamps (Windows only).

Add a Stamp

  1. In the Quick Styles, select a stamp.
  2. Click the canvas to add the stamp.
    • To move the stamp, click and drag to move the stamp to the desired location.
    • To resize the stamp, click and drag a white handle in or out.

Download Stamps

  1. In the Properties panel, click the Download More button.
  2. The TechSmith website opens. Locate the desired stamp set and click the Download link.

Create a Custom Stamp

Save images, annotations, or objects on the canvas as custom stamps.

  1. On Windows, select Stamp tool > Organize Stamps button > Add Stamp button. On Mac, select Stamp tool > Import Stamps.
  2. Browse to select an image and click Open.

Pro Tip: Add search terms to help you quickly find stamps (Mac only).

Control+click a stamp in the Quick Styles and select Edit Search Terms. Enter a search term. Separate search terms with a comma.

Fill

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Fill a flattened area in an image with another color.

  1. Click the Fill dropdown and complete one of the following:
    • Click to select a color from the preset colors or from the color palette.
    • Click the Eyedropper tool and then click to select a color from anywhere on the screen.
    • Enter a HEX or RGB value into the field.
  2. Click to apply the fill color to a location on the canvas.

Move/Smart Move

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Select any object to move on the canvas. Enable Smart Move to instantly make multiple objects selectable and on your screen. Also identifies text that can be replaced or deleted.

  1. In the Tool Properties, toggle Smart Move.
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  2. Selection handles appear on moveable objects when you hover with the cursor. Click an object to edit.
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  3. To identify additional objects to edit, drag the Detail slider.
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  4. To edit objects and text:

    • Click and drag to move an object to the desired location.
    • Right-click and select Delete to remove an object.
    • Double-click a text box to edit the text.

Selection

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Select parts of an image. After making a selection on the canvas, you can cut, copy, move, delete, edit, or apply effects to the selection.


Click the Selection tool and the tool properties appear on the right-side of Snagit Editor. Before selecting an area on the canvas, adjust the following properties:

  • Shape: Choose a selection shape: Square, Ellipse, Polygon, or Freehand.
  • Snap to Object: Turn on to snap to text or irregular shaped objects within the selected area. Drag the Slider to adjust the object selected.
  • Background Fill: Choose an option to fill the area when the selection is moved or deleted. Auto-Fill automatically fills the area based on the content surrounding the selection.
  • Optimization for Quality (Windows only):
    • Speed - Use for solid colored content or if fill details are not important.
    • Photo Quality - Use for advanced customization and higher quality fill.
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Use Selection to remove areas from an image.

Blur

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Add a blur to hide or mask sensitive information.
  • On Windows, there are two types:
    • Smooth: Reduces the details in a capture similar to viewing through an out-of-focus lens. Use to apply depth or to blur the details in sensitive information.
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    • Pixelate: Covers up an area with a set of large square pixels. Use to mask faces or sensitive information in an image capture.
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  1. Click and drag on the canvas to draw the blur.
  2. Drag the slider to adjust the intensity (Windows) or blur amount (Mac).

 

More Tool Types

Crop

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Remove unwanted areas from the edges of an image.

  1. Blue handles and grid lines show the selected image area to crop. Drag corresponding blue handles in to crop different sides of the image.
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  2. Click the Crop button to save the changes.

Cut Out

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Delete a vertical or horizontal section out of an image and joins the two pieces together.

  1. Select a horizontal or vertical style. A line appears on the canvas.
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  2. Click and drag on the canvas to select the area to remove.
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Eraser

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Erase any flattened area in an image to expose the canvas.

Grab Text

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Capture text from anywhere on your screen and paste to other programs. See Grab or Replace Text.

Highlighter

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Click and drag to highlight a rectangular area in an image.
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Line (Windows only)

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Add a straight or curved line to an image.

Magic Wand

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Select an area on the canvas based on color. The tool is ideal for selecting areas of a single color that do not include complex backgrounds or patterns.

Magnify

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Magnify an area on the canvas to highlight or show the details.

Pen

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Draw freehand lines on an image.

Simplify

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Replace text and other visual elements in an image with simplified objects to focus viewers' attention on the important elements in an image. See Simplify Images.

Step

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Add a series of numbers or letters in sequence to an image. Right-click a step to Edit Value or Restart Sequence.

 

Using Tool Properties

Customize the tool properties in the Properties panel.
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  1. Click to select a tool from the Snagit Editor toolbar.
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  2. The properties for the selected tool appear in the Properties panel on the right-side of Snagit Editor.
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  3. To select the tool properties, complete one of the following:
    • Click to select a style from the Quick Styles. The Quick Styles contain presets or custom styles.
    • Edit the settings for the tool in the Properties panel.
  4. The method for drawing the Quick Style on the canvas depends on the tool selected. Different properties are available depending on the tool.

 

Property Types

Color
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Set the color of a shape or text or another tool. Color properties are:

  • Fill: Change the interior color of a shape or text.
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  • Outline: Change the color outlining a shape or text.
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  • Eyedropper: Select any color on your screen to set the color of the tool.
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Shadow
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Click to select a shadow direction. To turn off the shadow, click to deselect the shadow direction.
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Font
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Change font name in the dropdown and size using the slider or manually enter the size you want. Additional font properties are:

  • Line Width: Adjust the width of the text outline.
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  • Padding: Adjust the space surrounding the text.
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Opacity
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Drag the slider to adjust the transparency of colors in the tool.
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Bezier Curve (Windows only)
Tools: Arrow and Line
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Set your arrow/line to curve at one or more points. Toggle on/off and then drag the handles that appear around the arrow or line to adjust the curve up or down.
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Line Thickness
Tools: Shape and Line
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Drag the slider to adjust the width of a line or shape outline in pixels.
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Tolerance
Tool: Fill
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Drag the slider to adjust how close to an object the program makes changes in an image.

Detail
Tool: Smart Move
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Drag the slider to adjust the threshold at which objects are defined on the Canvas for selection.
Background Fill
Tool: Selection
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  • Transparent: Fill deleted areas with transparency (empty Canvas).

  • Auto-Fill: Automatically fill the selection based on the surrounding content. 
    Adjust Optimization for Quality (Windows only):
    • Speed - Use for solid colored content or if fill details are not important.
    • Photo Quality - Use for advanced customization and higher quality fill.
Intensity
Tool: Blur
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Drag the slider to adjust the amount of blur to apply to the selection.

Select Less/More
Tool: Selection and Magic Wand
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Drag the slider to adjust the range of colors included in the selection.
Antialias
Tool: Pen and Eraser
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Check the box to blend pixel edges with the background.
Create as Vector
Tool: Pen
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Check the box to scale object without loss of quality.

 

This help topic is for Snagit version 2020. If you have a previous version, upgrade to the latest version of TechSmith Snagit or view the help for another version in the Previous Versions section.

 

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