SnagIt is a versatile screen capture tool that lets you take screenshots and create videos of your computer screen, add effects to them and share them with others. SnagIt may appear to be a bit pricey, but the benefits easily outweigh the costs. (If you want to learn more about the tool, check out our review here.) If you have recently purchased SnagIt, here are a few tips that can help you get the best out of the tool.
SnagIt 12 Tips : How to Get the Best Out of SnagIt
Simple Cropping Technique
Crop unwanted areas of your image in a snap by dragging the edge of the canvas inwards.
Cut it Off
If you need to show options at the top and bottom of a large window, use the cut out tool to remove the unnecessary middle portion of your image.
Add a Professional Touch
If you are creating floating images, add a border or drop shadow effect to make it look more professional.
Save your images as vector based objects in the SNAGIT file format. This way, you can quickly open it up and edit it anytime. Otherwise you will have to create the image from scratch.
Don’t be put off by the boring stamps in the SnagIt library. You can download more at the Accessories page (http://bit.ly/1nTfwsT). Some really cool stamps include math symbols, flip clock, holiday icons and mustaches.
Use Quick Styles
If you use a particular style such as an arrow, or a callout frequently, right-click the object and save it to the Quick Styles Gallery so you can pick it up quickly the next time you need it.
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Combine one or more images easily by dragging and dropping them on to the canvas from the tray.
Hide the Capture Button
To hide the red floating Capture Window button in SnagIt 12, click the Gear icon and go to Preferences. Then select Enable Notification Area Icon. To re-enable the Capture button, right-click the SnagIt icon in the Notification area and select Toggle Capture Window.
Change the Background
Change the background color of your canvas by right-clicking the canvas and choosing Background->Color.
Capture the Cursor
To capture the cursor in your screenshots, create a new profile. Click the red Capture Window button and select Manage Profiles. Click the green New Profile button. In The Type section, click the cursor icon so that it turns light blue. Add a hotkey, save and you’re ready to go.
Do a Custom Scroll
To capture a custom scroll, create a new profile. In the Type section, click the Selection drop-down list and select Advanced Custom Scroll. Then assign a hotkey and Save the profile. Now in the Capture Window button, select Custom scroll profile and start snagging.
Press the Alt key on your keyboard to quickly discover hotkeys for popular commands on the Ribbon.
If you have a cool trick that makes your SnagIt job easy to do, be sure to let us know in the comments section.