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Draw a Pen Line

  1. Click the Pen tool in the Snagit Editor toolbar.
    Pen 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.
  3. Click and drag your cursor on the Canvas to draw a line.

Edit a Pen Line

Note: To edit a Pen line, you must select the Create as vector (Windows) or Create editable line (Mac) option before drawing it. Lines drawn without this option cannot be edited.

  1. Click to select the line on the Canvas.
  2. Complete any of the following to edit the line:
    • Click and drag to move the pen drawing.
    • Adjust the Tool Properties.
    • Press Delete to delete the line.

Tool Properties

Edit the properties to customize the tool.

Tip: Save your customizations as a Quick Style for future use. See Quickly Access Favorite Styles and Tools.

Pen properties on Windows Pen properties on Mac

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.
    Eyedropper

Shape (Windows only)
Click the dropdown to select the shape style.
Pen shape options Examples of lines drawn with various pen shapes

Note: Snagit Mac only supports the circle shape for pen drawings. If you open a SNAGX file on Snagit Mac, lines drawn with other shapes display as though drawn with the circle shape. See Snagit File Format Compatibility.
Windows and Mac Pen shape comparison

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.

Width
Drag the slider or enter a value in pixels to adjust the width of the arrow/outline/line.
Width slider

Opacity
Drag the slider to adjust the transparency level.
Opacity slider

Create as Vector (Windows) / Create Editable Line (Mac)
Select this option to draw a line that can be edited.
Create as vector option Create Editable Line option

Example without antialias Example with antialias

Antialias (Windows)
Select this option to blend pixel edges with the background.

Example without smoothing Example with smoothing

Smooth (Windows)
Select this option to smooth sharp angles into curves.

Note: This option is only available with the circle Pen shape.

Example without Smooth Curves option Example with Smooth Curves option

Smooth Curves (Mac)
Select this option to blend pixel edges with the background and smooth sharp angles into curves.