RE: blurry screen captures - Snagit for Mac (4.1.2)

Subject: RE: blurry screen captures - Snagit for Mac (4.1.2)
From: "Wright, Lynne" <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- Kronos -dot- com>
To: Monique Semp <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>, TechWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2017 17:08:22 +0000

I also had some trouble getting crisp resolution when I exported graphics with callouts as pngs then imported them into docs. As I recall, the trick is that you want to stick with 96 dpi (the optimal resolution) when dealing with pngs. So if you take the png at 96 dpi, import it into your callout-adding tool, then export at 96 dpi (or a multiple of 96), the resolution should be fine.

In terms of adding callouts, the process you're using sounds unnecessarily laborious; and downloading from Google Slide, then into/out of Snagit may be what's causing the resolution to fall apart. You may want to try Inkscape (a freeware that's compatible with Mac); you import your screen shot, add callouts, then export to png with no background to trim out.

I'm a little confused about your question regarding callout text size; if you add callouts to a graphic, then export that as a png, it's effectively all one image, so there's no way that the callouts won't resize if you resize the png. So say that you want the callouts to be displayed in the doc at 9 pt. You'd add 9pt callouts, then export to png, then import into your doc at a 1:1 ratio, the callouts will be the size you want.

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Subject: blurry screen captures - Snagit for Mac (4.1.2)

Hello, WR-L-ers,

Iâm a very long-time user of Snagit on Windows, but with my recent (in-progress) migration to the Mac world, am now using the latest Snagit for Mac (4.1.2). There seems to be no way to control the capture resolution. My saved-as-PNG captures are blurry when I import them into pretty much any app (PowerPoint, Word, Google Slides, Google Docs) unless I increase the dimensions considerably. This might be because Iâve got such a high-res monitor (2560x1600), but it wasnât an issue with Snagit for Windows.

Anyone have any suggestions as to how to get the PNGs to be crisp even when sized smaller than their actual size on screen?

With Windows, I always captured at 300 dpi. Yes, everything I read said that there was no such thing as a real âcapture resolutionâ, but nevertheless, I got much better (crisp, not blurry at all, regardless of how I resized the image) results when I used 300 dpi in my captures.

Not necessarily relevant, but I mention it here in case anyone has a more streamlined way to get good crisp callouts that remain at their intended font size regardless of whether the captured image is resized. What I do is take a screen capture, upload the PNG into a Google Slide where I add captions (in my Windows world, I used Visio for this), download the Google Slide as PNG to my local system, use Snagit to trim the PNG (to get rid of all the slideâs whitespace), and finally insert that PNG into my Google Doc.

Thanks for any tips & tricks,
-Monique
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