How can I edit text (or objects) that are very close together?

  • 1
  • Question
  • Updated 3 months ago
  I have text in a .snag that is close together (8 individual lines).
I can't edit the 2nd line at all.
The edit mode keeps selecting above or below and won't allow me to select the line I want to edit.
I've tried to use the Ctrl & Shift key, but that don't work.
I zoomed close and tried to select the text line, but that don't work either.

Any clue as to how I can edit that text?

  Seems the text object boxes are too wide & overlapping the line I want to edit.
I would think text object box needs to shrink to the text size, thus allowing easier editing (if needed).

Thanks!
Photo of Dan

Dan

  • 18 Posts
  • 1 Reply Like

Posted 3 months ago

  • 1
Photo of jasons

jasons

  • 274 Posts
  • 87 Reply Likes
A screenshot maybe?

What size and style is the text?

What if you send the layers in front to the back until you get to the layer you want to work with?

(Edited)
Photo of Kelly Mullins

Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

  • 2836 Posts
  • 614 Reply Likes
Hi Dan,

I'm not sure how close your text blocks are together, but, I think if you were to NOT HAVE ANY BLOCK SELECTED, then, you just hovered your mouse over the various blocks, you would be able to select the one you need.

Here is a short demo where I put some text very close, and you can see that by hovering with the mouse, and moving very delicately, you can select the desired section.

https://www.screencast.com/t/yjpZuyqb2Y

I hope this helps.
Kelly


(Edited)
Photo of Ed Covney

Ed Covney

  • 264 Posts
  • 196 Reply Likes
I just snagged (Region) Dan's original post, pasted & edited it to notepad, 9 lines, fonts size 8. Then I snagged the notepad version. Here's the grab text:

I have text in a .snag that is close together <8 individual lines). I can't edit the 2nd line at all. The edit mode keeps selecting above or below and won't allow me to select the line I want to edit. I've tried to use the Ctrl & Shift key, but that don't work. I zoomed close and tried to select the text line, but that don't work either. Any clue as to how I can edit that text? Seems the text object boxes are too wide & overlapping the line I want to edit. j[ would think text object box needs to shrink to the text size, thus allowing easier editing (if needed).

And the png Grab got:

(Edited)
Photo of Rick Stone

Rick Stone

  • 5255 Posts
  • 2481 Reply Likes
One question I've not seen asked here is:

Was this a capture of "burned in" text and you have used the functions in SnagIt to render the text as editable?

Or are these text boxes you manually added while editing in SnagIt?

Just reading the description, it almost sounds as if you captured a dialog or something, then tried making the text editable in SnagIt. And perhaps the area you are attempting to change somehow missed the conversion from image pixels to editable text.

Cheers... Rick :)
Photo of Dan

Dan

  • 18 Posts
  • 1 Reply Like

  I got very busy and didn't have time to reply back.
Thanks for all your help, it is much appreciated!

  Here's a sample similar to the text I'm having trouble editing:
It is VERY HARD to pick the 2nd line of text (in fact it was impossible, so I had to delete all then redo the text 2 times)


  The text in this sample is individual lines of text.
I'm now using paragraphs as much as possible, formatting words and sentences as I need changes.

If I use multiple font-types, colors, sizes & formats all in the same paragraph, will it work as a .snag?
(To be used as a template).

Again,
Thanks for your help & patience...
Photo of Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan

  • 6572 Posts
  • 3615 Reply Likes
Not sure why your having so much trouble?
Depending on the resolution of the image you're working with.If you zoom into the text, selecting the individual lines should become much easier.In the example below.I'm zoomed to 400% on a 2550 x 1440 screen shot.
Although. If I'm careful.I can select the second line of text without zooming in at all.

You may need a graphics driver update or something along that line?

Tech support is easy to contact.

This is a Free Service............... Submit a ticket

       https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

Or call, >>>

 Toll Free: 800.517.3001 (U.S. & Canada Only)

8:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST Monday through Friday

Regards, Joe

Photo of jasons

jasons

  • 274 Posts
  • 87 Reply Likes
Again, if you send the layers in front to the back until you get to the layer you want to work with?  (second line)

Why doesn’t that work?

It works for me.

EDIT: OR as Joe says just ZOOM IN until you can differentiate betweens the lines - that works also.



(Edited)