Can Snagit help with drawing smooth lines?

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Is there a way to get Snagit to help smooth out hand-drawn lines? I'm not looking for perfection because I do want a hand-drawn look. It'd just be nice to smooth over of the tiniest of the zigs and zags.



 
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There is nothing that can automatically do that for you, however, you can right-click on a (Pen tool drawn) line and select "Edit Points" from the context menu. If you don't mind manually moving around individual points, you can use this technique.
  • It helps to increase the zoom level so you can get at the individual points easier.
  • The slower you draw with the Pen tool, the more points there will be. Drawing more quickly helps when you want to edit points.
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It looks like your using a mouse to draw your lines.

A tablet works better than a mouse. Occasionally,I use a Wacom Intuos myself and the results in SnagIt could be better. Make sure you have anti-alias turned on.

It works better in a program like Photoshop but that's another story.

Regards,Joe
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Those Photoshop lines look really nice.
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Hi Oz,
Your lines do look a bit jagged. Do you have the antialias option turned on for the Pen tool?
If that option is on, your lines should not be so jagged.
Also, maybe bumping your pen size up one or two notches in width should help as well.

Kelly
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The antialias is on.
I bumped the pen up to 20 and it's a little better.
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I stand corrected Oz du Soleil,

I didn't realize you were working on a small image. To be honest, that shouldn't matter with vector graphics.

For a vector based tool. I'm a bit shocked that SnagIt produces such a low quality line at lower resolutions.   

SnagIt cannot even draw decent looking lines at that resolution using a tablet. It does a fair job at higher resolutions. Here's my results using black and a Wacom tablet on your image.



As a comparison. Here's me utilizing  a "Mouse" in Photoshop.  The tablet is pressure sensitive and the lines would have looked even better if I used it. So I didn't to be fair.The quality of the end result speaks for itself.

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I didn't even know SnagIt could do this sort of thing.  Well, you learn something new every day. :)

Is this a horses for courses thing?  I guess I could use SnagIt to edit photos but would I really want to?  The results seem to speak for themselves.
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Hi Paul,
I must admit reading your post made me a tad sad because there are so many people who have not yet discovered ALL of the basic, simple, and AMAZING things you can do with Snagit.


However, I cheered up at the thought of having the opportunity to continue to teach Snagit users the many ways to get full value from their Snagit purchase.


So, would you (and others reading this post) take a minute or two to share some information with me? I would greatly appreciate it!
  1. How long have you been a Snagit user?
  2. Do you only use Snagit to accomplish certain tasks in a certain way each time?
  3. When you have other image or video tasks to perform outside of your normal routine, do you think of Snagit to get the job done?
  4. Do you ever poke around and just explore the other "stuff" you can do with Snagit?
  5. How can we help you realize the full potential of Snagit? Or, is this not important to you since Snagit helps you get your job done and that's all that's needed?
Thanks so much for any information you would care to share on this!

Kelly
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Hi Kelly

1. How long have you been a Snagit user?

Hmmm, 20 years?

2. Do you only use Snagit to accomplish certain tasks in a certain way each time?

Mostly, yes. I'd say that I use SnagIt at least 20 times each day. I do participate on facebook WAY more than I really should. But one of my own large uses for SnagIt is creating or modifying memes that I share. But I also use SnagIt in other ways. For providing supplementary material for helping forum users.

3. When you have other image or video tasks to perform outside of your normal routine, do you think of Snagit to get the job done?

The answer to this one is another question. How long is a piece of string? And the answer to that, of course, is "it depends". So it would depend on whether I'm aware that SnagIt offers the capability or not. For example, I don't believe SnagIt offers a specific ability that I resort to opening Adobe Photoshop for. Imagine you have an image of a building with a sign on the side. And you have an image that you want to insert into that sign and make your image sort of contort to fit the area. Like this one:



4. Do you ever poke around and just explore the other "stuff" you can do with Snagit?

Often. And especially if I'm trying to help one of the forum users here solve an issue. Actually, I have discovered through the years that this is an awesome and amazing way to help you learn more about the software!

5. How can we help you realize the full potential of Snagit? Or, is this not important to you since Snagit helps you get your job done and that's all that's needed?

I think it would be fun to have some kind of a "video blog". Something like "The Forge" (not sure if TechSmith does those any more). Perhaps create a thread here that folks could add to for suggestions of topics to be covered? Heck, maybe even have guest presenters that share their own techniques and suchlike? Not sure of frequency. Monthly? Weekly?

Those are my own thoughts... Rick :)
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Thanks so much, Rick! Great information. We appreciate your thoughts and comments.
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  1. How long have you been a Snagit user?
15+ years
  1. Do you only use Snagit to accomplish certain tasks in a certain way each time?
Certain tasks but in evolving ways.  Mostly it's about annotating screen shots.
  1. When you have other image or video tasks to perform outside of your normal routine, do you think of Snagit to get the job done?
No.  Horses for courses.  I wouldn't use Photoshop to take and annotate a screen shot and i wouldn't use Snagit to patch up a 100 year creased photo
  1. Do you ever poke around and just explore the other "stuff" you can do with Snagit?
a) I don't have time and b) you guys have a habit of turning it into a treasure hunt with few clues.  Seriously, your detailed communication around changes and hidden features is poor.  A few 2 minute videos at release time don't cut it.  I asked for a detailed change list and was told you don't publish it! If it wasn't for this forum people would never learn about some features.

Conversely, because you communicate so poorly, we see posts on here from people asking for new features, when there is already an equivalent function IN the product
  1. How can we help you realize the full potential of Snagit? Or, is this not important to you since Snagit helps you get your job done and that's all that's needed?
a) Stop messing with the UI and the UX for what appear to be gratuitous reasons

b) Stop making me have to relearn how to do simple tasks.

c) Stop complicating things necessitating extra mouse clocks to get things done.

d) Read the detailed responses that people have made on this forums about the backward step that the r 13 UI / UX has taken and IMPLEMENT them

e) Consult real world users properly before you introduce idiotic "improvements" such as putting a solid black line around screen captures so we cannot tell whether we have a border of our own,

f) Employ some UI and UX specialists.  And if you already have some, replace them because, just in case I didn't make it clear already, r13 is an abomination.

I'm sorry to sound so negative but users have been complaining about this stuff for a long time and it appears until your message, nobody was listening.  I am a 15 year SnagIt addict but I'm seriously thinking that it is time to look elsewhere

Paul
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  1. How long have you been a Snagit user?  

    3 years

  2. Do you only use Snagit to accomplish certain tasks in a certain way each time?

    My main use for Snagit is when I need a screen capture to share straight into Camtasia.

  3. When you have other image or video tasks to perform outside of your normal routine, do you think of Snagit to get the job done?

    I consider it. Often, I end up using PowerPoint. The features may not be as robust as in Snagit, but I don't need a lot if I just want to make, for example, yellow text in a black box with a semi-transparent silhouette of a person on top of it all.

  4. Do you ever poke around and just explore the other "stuff" you can do with Snagit?

    Yes

  5. How can we help you realize the full potential of Snagit? Or, is this not important to you since Snagit helps you get your job done and that's all that's needed?

    This forum and YouTube videos are pretty helpful.

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Great question Kelly.

I use SnagIt primarily for one thing.

1. I come to this forum and look for a new problem that's been posted.
2. I open SnagIt and try to determine if it is a problem and find a solution to that problem if there is one.
3. Provided I find a solution,  I post my findings.
4.  I prefer using SnagIt to capture screen shots of the solution, complete with the steps I followed. Time allowing and when practical.

5. I do pretty much the same thing with Camtasia.
 Although, I still produce videos with it for my own use.

I truly enjoy dissecting software and uncovering it's features, functionality and flaws.

This forum provides me with "Tasks/Hobbies I suppose" that would all be quite meaningless if I wasn't doing it with a goal in mind. My reason is clear-cut.
I do this to solve a problem and help others in the process.


 I've been attacked as a TechSmith basher for posting my less than glowing findings on many occasions.The attacks have come from pretty much  long term members "Only".
 
Plus, other posters say nasty things "Very raunchy at times" about TechSmith, they do this out of anger and frustration when the software lets them down. I don't attack them over it when their complaint makes sense.I've been known too side with them if I feel their anger is justified. That's when these long term members post things to suggest they would have loved to Tar and Feather me over my candor.
 It didn't really hit me until now just how ridiculous and misplaced those attacks were until tonight.

Regards,Joe
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There is absolutely no justification for personal attacks of any kind and the culprits should be ejected from the forum.  That they have paid for the software makes no difference. That doesn't entitle people to act like a troll.

Regards


Paul
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I won't say I never fired back. I've let my own rhetoric go over the top at times.So I'm no angel.
 It was just the realization that "For the most" the only thing I use SnagIt for is to contribute to this forum. Looking back, it struck me as kind of hilarious to be honest. 
Regards, Joe 
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