Create my own callout shapes?

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Is there a way to create my own callouts? I want a simple rectangle with a pointed end. I could place an arrow behind a rectangle and group them, but then I can't apply behaviors to the group like I could with a single object. Is there a way to draw a shape and import an .eps as a callout or something like that?
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make you thing by grouping; then open the group and select/add the behavior to the item you want

I just tested and it seems to work?

I don't do behaviors, so maybe try and see ...
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Yeah, I can add the behavior to each item in the group (a hassle with more than two or three layers), but I can't add a single drop shadow to the entire thing. I ended up just leaving my shadow off. The only way I can think around it would be to create the whole thing, export it, cut it out in Photoshop, and then bring it back in.
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Yeah, I've been trying to figure out a way to sneak some good old fashioned vector graphics through the back door as well.
If I ever have any luck, I'll share the technique with you.

Regards,Joe
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What I do when I want to create a different shaped callout is create it in Photoshop as a PNG.  I make a new document at 1920 x 1080 and 300 dpi, create my odd shape callout in the full area of that parameter.  Save as a PNG.  Bring into Camtasia and put it into my Library.  I can then add it to a track from the library and adjust to the size I want without losing any sharpness.  You could also do this with PowerPoint, saving the image as a PNG.
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Or SnagIt? And SnagIt has the added benefit of integrating with Camtasia so you click a button and the image ends up automatically added to the Media bin. ;)
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Good point.  I'm still getting used to using SnagIt.  I've used Photoshop for so long, SnagIt is not my first thought.  Thanks for bringing that up Rick.
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I'm a big fan of Photoshop as well naomi and with you 100%.

 I just think it would be neat to use vectors so they would be perfect even through applied animations.I know a high quality png comes close but you need that large image and most callouts are relatively small. So it's about computer resources with me.

I've been able to create my own vectors images for use as the step tool in SnagIt. I prefer them to the stock ones offered by TechSmith.I kept the teardrop pretty much the same but I added an outline. Some colors don't work well and there not perfect  but they have some personality I think.I've created other shapes as well.

 Unfortunately, they only work well with SnagIt 12 and previous versions.That's because they've removed the gloss filter in version 13.



The point is this, if you can get a vector image in the back door of the program and access them.It can be a beneficial  thing.

Regards,Joe
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Sorry, I know this is old, but I'm using SnagIt 12 and I would like to make a simple triangle for my steps instead of the teardrop. Can you point me in the direction to recreate what you did that worked for version 12?

Thanks!
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You want to start with a Square image. 175 pixels’ x 175 pixels at 300 dots per inch.

I used Photoshop. I tried creating it in SnagIt 2019 first. The file it created wouldn’t work at all. I created the triangle and saved it to PDF.I got a Step that was actually a Square as far as SnagIt was concerned. And positioned outside of the steps area????? No logic to that what so ever? The PDF opened in Photoshop correctly.

Anyway, I already knew a triangle was the wrong design from past experience. But I thought I would create one anyway, see where it landed. You see, you need a fairly round/bulbous design to contain the numbers or letters. Because when you resize the steps. Numbers stray outside the boundaries of the shape. Here’s examples of a triangle I created.


SnagIt 2019 doesn’t have the Glassy effect. So Steps will never look as good as SnagIt 12’s can. But your triangle inspired me to create this one. I made a couple already and wasn’t sure what I wanted next. You want to use 50% gray for the color. That way the editor can fill in any color correctly.

I cleaned up the image further by converting it to a vector image in Adobe Illustrator. Exporting it as a PDF from there.

Not exactly a Triangle, but has a depth perception look about it. Especially if you rotate it and add a shadow. And numbers stay inside. I’m going to use it for a while.


Anyway, you’ve got to name the new PDF exactly the same as one of the Step PDF images in SnagIt 12’s Program files. It’s located in the Step Folder in those program files.

With SnagIt 12 you’ll find that folder in the C x86 program files.


You can save the original pdf to another folder if you want. But a repair install will install the original pdf to the program. So you don’t have to save it.



Photoshop and non-vector image editors can create jagged edges that will be easy to see the more you increase the size of the Step. A vector based editor or converting to vector would be best.
If my non triangle looks good enough for you.I could upload it for you as well. I don't mind sharing it.

Regards,Joe

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Yeah, one could bring in a PNG and lay the text on it as a separate layer, but that's not quite the same as the stock callouts. For example, if I scale a stock arrow callout the arrowhead is scaled independently of the box, and if I scale a stock speech bubble I can move the point independently of the whole shape.

There are workarounds if I want to lock down my stuff outside of Camtasia and import it at a fixed size, but it would be nice if we could create custom vectors that work like the stock ones.
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What format can I use to create callouts that have the adjustment handles (especially for the length of the stem). Saving as a PNG works well for most other graphics but having the handles would be great
It would it be nice if Techsmith would release some instructions sp end users can build such things and perhaps even share them