Text Tool

Add captions, headings, or other text to an image.

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Note: To learn how to edit text in a screenshot or imported image, see Edit Text in an Image.

Note: Tools are only available for image captures. Share your video to TechSmith Camtasia to enhance it with annotations and effects.

Add a Text Box

  1. Click the Text tool in the Snagit Editor toolbar.
    Text 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. See Tool Properties.
  3. Click and drag on the Canvas to draw a text box.
  4. Type the desired text in the text box.

Note: To add text with a background color, border, or arrow, use the Callout Tool instead.

Edit or Remove a Text Box

Click to select the text box on the Canvas and complete any of the following to edit:

  • Change the current text style by clicking a Quick Style or edit the Tool Properties.
  • Type to enter text in the text box.
  • To delete the text box, press the Delete key.

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.

Text properties on Windows Text properties on Mac

Fill/Outline

  • Fill: Change the interior color.
    Fill dropdown
  • Outline: Change the color outlining text.
    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

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 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 Text Properties for more formatting options.
  • Line Width: Drag the slider or enter a value to adjust the width of the text outline. Set to 0 to remove the outline from the text.

Advanced Font Properties
Click the dropdown arrow to access additional font 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.