Selection Tool

Select part of an image to cut, copy, move, or delete. Automatically replace deleted areas with the surrounding color or transparency.

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Select an Area

  1. Click the Selection tool in the Snagit Editor toolbar.
    Selection 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. In the Tool Properties, choose a selection shape: Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, or Freehand.
  3. Select a Background Fill option to fill the area when the selection is moved or deleted:
    • Transparent: Fills the area with transparency to display the canvas underneath.
    • Auto-Fill: Automatically fills the area based on the content surrounding the selection.
  4. Click and drag to draw the selection on the canvas.

Edit the Selection

After you select an object or area, complete any of the following:

  • Move: Click and drag the selection on the canvas.
  • Remove: Press delete.
  • Copy: Press Ctrl+C (Windows) or Command+C (Mac), then Ctrl+V (Windows) or Command+V (Mac) to paste the copied selection.
  • Edit text: Right-click and select Edit text. For more information, see Edit Text in an Image.
  • Copy text: Right-click and select Grab text to copy and paste text into another application.
  • Add Effects: Click the Effects button to select a Quick Effect or apply a customized effect to the selection. For more information, see Add Effects.

Select and Move Shapes and Icons

Snap to Object allows you to automatically snap the selection to the nearest edges of a shape or icon within the selected area.

  1. Draw a selection around a shape or icon in an image.
  2. Click Snap to Object to bind the selection to the edges of the selected elements.
  3. Move the icon anywhere in the image. If auto-fill is turned on, the space where the object moved from automatically fills to match the surrounding area.

Tip: The Freehand tool is helpful if the shape selection tools do not fit a particular object.

Tool Properties

Edit the properties to customize the tool.

Selection properties on Windows Selection properties on Mac

Selection Shape
Chose a selection shape: Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, or Freehand.
Selection shapes

Selection Shape Tips:

  • To draw a square, select Rectangle and hold the Shift key as you draw the shape on the canvas.
  • To draw a circle, select Ellipse and hold the Shift key as you draw the shape on the canvas.
  • For polygon:
    1. Click the canvas to anchor each corner of the shape.
    2. Double-click to anchor the last corner of the shape.
  • To draw a freehand shape, click and drag.

Snap to Object
Enable this option to snap to text or irregularly shaped objects in the selected area. Drag the slider to adjust the object selected.
Snap to Object

Background Fill
Choose an option to fill the area when the selection is moved or deleted:
Background Fill options

  • Transparent: Fills area with transparency.
  • Auto-Fill: Automatically fills the area based on the content surrounding the selection.
    • Optimize for Speed (Windows only): Use for solid colored content or if fill details are not important.
    • Optimize for Photo Quality (Windows only): Use for advanced customization and higher quality fill.