Create Images for the Web

 Learn how to quickly create professional looking graphics for use on the web using Snagit’s effects and sharing options.

Enhance Image Captures with Effects

In Snagit Editor, the Effects tab offers several image effects that can be applied to enhance our image captures. Try some of the following effects for web images:

  • Border: Ideal for making graphics stand out on a page and not blend into the website's background.
    On the Effects tab, click the Border effect. Click the Gear icon gear icon to adjust the border color and width.
  • Perspective/Reflection Style: Ideal for jazzing up demo graphics or screenshots of a product on marketing pages.
    perspective example
    On the Effects tab, click the Perspective Reflection style.
    Perspective/Reflection style
  • Torn Edge: Ideal for visually demonstrating that a portion of the capture was cut off from the original or for an artistic effect.
    Torn edge example
    On the Effects tab, click the Edge effect. Click the Gear icon gear icon to select the type, size, and which side(s) to apply the edge effect.


You can make the background of a capture transparent so that the background will blend into a web page. Use a transparent background when your capture includes any of the following:

  • Rounded edges or irregular shapes
  • Transparent windows
  • It will be posted on a website with a patterned or mult-colored background

Transparency is displayed on the canvas with a checkerboard pattern. By default, the canvas background is transparent.

In the example below, the capture on the left has a white background and the image on the right has a transparent background.

Transparent example

Flood Fill an Area with Transparency

If you want portions of a capture to be transparent, you can use the Fill tool.

  1. On the Tools tab, click the Fill tool.
  2. Select the transparent style. Drag the Tolerance slider in the properties.
    Transparent style
  3. Click the area to fill with transparency.

Web File Formats

Not all file formats are supported on the web. Select one of the following file formats to make your image viewable on the web:

File Format Advantages Disadvantages
  • Optimal for images with fewer than 256 colors or contain large areas of uniform color
  • Single-bit transparency
  • Lossless, only up to 256 colors
  • Not ideal for photographic images
  • Optimal for photographic images
  • Smaller file size
  • Lossy
  • Jagged edges for line art
  • Optimal for images with large areas of uniform color
  • Supports partial transparency
  • Lossless
  • Larger file size

Embed Images on a Website or Blog provides an embed code that allows you to embed your images hosted on directly onto your website.

  1. Select Snagit > Preferences > Outputs tab.
  2. From the Clipboard Contents dropdown menu, select HTML Embed Code.
  3. Close the Preferences dialog.
  4. Click the output button.
  5. If you have not saved your login information, enter your username and password and click the Sign In button.
  6. After the image uploads, copy the Embed code.
  7. Paste the Embed code into the desired location on your website.


Title Category Level Format
000 - Introduction to Snagit 2 Getting Started I Video
001 - All-in-One Capture Getting Started I Video/Written
002 - Working with the Capture Window Getting Started I Video/Written
003 - What's New in Snagit 2 Reference I Video
004 - Moving from Jing to Snagit Getting Started I Written
005 - Record a Video Getting Started I Video/Written
006 - Getting to Know the Editor Getting Started I Video
007 - Sharing with Snagit Share II Video
008 - Share to Share I Written
009 - Annotate with Drawing Tools Getting Started I Video
010 - Enhance Your Images with Effects Getting Started I Video
011 - Save Custom Styles Styles II Written
012 - Vector Objects and Selection Canvas I Written
013 - File Formats Overview Reference II Written
014 - Snagit Project File Format Reference I Written
015 - Capture a Scrolling Window Capture I Written
016 - Capture Multiple Areas Capture I Written
017 - Capture an Entire Web Page Capture I Written
018 - Capture a Menu Capture II Written
019 - Retina Display: Sharing Images Reference II Video/Written
020 - Editing Your Video Capture in Camtasia for Mac Edit II PDF
021 - The Many Ways People Use Snagit Example II Written
022 - Use Snagit for Research Example II Written
023 - Use Snagit for Feedback or Grading Example II Written
024 - Create Handout Graphics from a Video Capture Example II Written
025 - Maintain Privacy in Your Captures Tools II Written
026 - Watermark an Image Example II Written
027 - Create a Mockup Example III Written
028 - Create Images for the Web Example II Written
029 - Top Ways to Use Drag and Drop Tips & Tricks II Written
030 - Snagit Keyboard Shortcuts Guide Reference I PDF
031 - Bring Your Mobile Content into Snagit Mobile I Video
032 - Snagit Highlights Highlights I Video
033 - Google Drive: Access and collaborate around your content Share I Video
034 - Connecting Your Mobile Device Mobile I Video