Highlighter Tool

Draw attention to a rectangular area in an image.

3d Snagit icon

Note: Highlighter and other tools in the Snagit Editor toolbar are available to annotate images. To draw your viewer’s attention while you record video, try Screen Draw. To enhance video you have already recorded, share your video to TechSmith Camtasia.

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

    Note: If the tool is not visible in the toolbar, click the More dropdown. To customize your toolbar, see Customize the Snagit Toolbar.

  2. Select a Quick Style or edit the tool properties to customize the tool. See Tool Properties.
    Highlighter Quick Styles
  3. Click and drag on the Canvas to draw the area to highlight.
  4. When you are finished with the Highlighter tool, click the Move tool in the toolbar to select, move, edit, or delete objects you added to your image.
    Move tool

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.

Highlighter properties on Windows Highlighter properties on Mac

Fill / Color
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.

Shape (Mac only)
Select a rectangle, rounded corner rectangle, oval, or polygon shape for the spotlight.
Shape options for the Highlighter tool

To highlight with the polygon shape:

  1. Select the Polygon option from the Shape dropdown.
    Polygon shape
  2. To create the first side of the polygon, click on the canvas to add the first two points.
  3. Continue to click on the canvas to add additional sides.
    animated gif of highlighting with the polygon shape
  4. Double-click the canvas to stop drawing the the polygon.

Drag the slider to adjust the transparency level.
Opacity slider

Note: This tutorial is for Snagit version 2024. Previous versions may look or function differently.