Callout Tool

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Add a Callout

  1. Click the Callout tool in the Snagit Editor toolbar.
    Callout tool

    Note: If you customized the toolbar, you may need to click the More dropdown to select the tool. See Customize the Snagit Toolbar.

  2. Select a Quick Style or edit the tool properties to customize the tool.
  3. Click and drag on the canvas to draw the callout.
  4. Type text in the callout.
  5. Complete any of the following to edit the callout:
    • To resize the callout, drag the white handles.
      Callout resize handle example
    • To resize the callout tail, drag the yellow handle.
      Callout tail handle example
    • To add an extra callout tail, drag the blue handle.
      Callout extra tail handle example
    • To delete a callout tail, drag the yellow handle onto the callout.
      Drag yellow handle onto callout to delete tail
    • To rotate the callout, drag the green handle.
      Callout rotate handle example
    • To adjust the radii of rounded corners (Mac only), drag the yellow handle near the corner.
      Callout radii handle example
    • To move the callout body around the callout tail, drag the anchor point.
      Callout anchor handle example
  6. When you are finished with the Callout tool, click the Move tool in the toolbar to select, move, edit, or delete objects you added to your image.
    Move tool

Delete a Callout

  1. Click to select the callout on the Canvas.
  2. Press the Delete key.

Tool Properties

Edit the properties to customize the tool.

Tip: Save tool customizations as Quick Styles.

After you edit tool properties, save your customization as a Quick Style for future use. See Quickly Access Favorite Styles and Tools.

Callout properties on Windows Callout properties on Mac

Fill/Outline

  • Fill: Change the interior color.
    Fill dropdown
  • Outline: Change the color outlining a callout.
    Outline dropdown

Click the dropdown and select one of the following to set the color:

  • Click to select a preset or color from the palette.
    color selection
  • Enter a HEX or RGB value into the field.
    HEX field
  • Click the Eyedropper button and then click to select a color from anywhere on the screen.
    Eyedropper

Shape
Click the dropdown to select the shape style.
Shape dropdown

Shadow
Click to select a shadow direction. To turn off the shadow, click to deselect the shadow direction.
Shadow control

Advanced Shadow Properties
Click the dropdown arrow to access additional Shadow properties:
Advanced Shadow Properties

  • Color: Select a color for the shadow.
  • Angle (Windows only): Set the direction of the shadow extending from the tool.
  • Distance: Increase/decrease the distance between the tool and the shadow.
  • Opacity: Increase/decrease the transparency of the shadow.
  • Blur: Increase/decrease the clarity of the shadow.

Font Properties

  • Font: Click the dropdown to select a font.
  • Font Color: Click the dropdown to select a font color.
  • Font Size: Drag the slider or enter a value to adjust the font size.
  • Font Style (Mac Only): Click the dropdown to select the text formatting: Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic. For Windows, see Advanced Properties for more formatting options.
  • Outline Size (Windows)/Line Width (Mac): Drag the slider or enter a value to adjust the size of the callout outline. Set to 0 to remove the outline.

Arrow Style
Click the dropdown to select a line style and end style for the callout tail.
Arrow Style dropdown

Arrow Color
arrow color examples
Click the dropdown and select one of the following to set the color:

  • Click to select a preset or color from the palette.
    color selection
  • Enter a HEX or RGB value into the field.
    HEX field
  • Click the Eyedropper button and then click to select a color from anywhere on the screen.

Arrow Size
Drag the slider or enter a value to adjust the callout tail size.

Advanced Properties
Click the dropdown arrow to access additional properties.

  • Style: Click to select the text formatting: Bold (Windows), Italic (Windows), Underline, Strikethrough (Mac). For Mac, see Font Style for more formatting options.
  • Alignment: Click to select the horizontal or vertical text alignment.
  • Padding (Windows only): Adjust the space surrounding the text.
  • Opacity: Drag the slider to adjust the text transparency level.
  • Shaded (Windows only): Enable the checkbox to blend the callout outline color with the fill color.
  • Line Style: Select a solid, dashed, or dotted style for the outline of the callout shape, or select the No Line option (Mac only).

Note: This tutorial is for Snagit version 2023. Previous versions may look or function differently.