When I grab an image from a CAD or illustration program with a white background, which I do very frequently, and enlarge the area around the image by pulling the corners of the image in de desired dimension the added area is always transparent. I the have to go to Image> Canvas color> Background and switch it from transparent to white. Because I have to do this many times a day this is very annoying and slows things down. Is it possible, maybe even through the change of a registry key, to set it standard to white?
I'm sorry for the delay getting back to you on this!
So, it appears there is NOT a way for doing this. If you begin a NEW image, and set the canvas color there, all other NEW images will have that new canvas color.
But, there is currently no way to set the default canvas color for CAPTURES.
I have had a few conversations about this with the Snagit dev team, and they are now aware that this current workflow might not work for some people. So, I will turn this post over to a feature request so it can be officially logged here by Robert.
Also, the team wanted to know more about your process and why you needed this.
I know you pull out the canvas to make it wider, and then fill in with white. But, why do you do that fill part? Where are the images used where you need a solid white background rather than just saving the images as JPGs where the color would automatically be saved as white?
Thanks for any information you or other could share about your need to do this.
And in my case it wouldn't even be helpful as my default file format is PNG, in which the holes are not filled, they are transparent.
Thanks for this information.
Have you tried the new feature we have implemented to help you out with this workflow?
I have made a short video to show you what I am talking about.
Unfortunately, this doesn't help the workflow where someone might want to drag out the edges of the canvas to make it bigger and have it auto filled.
You learn something new every day!
As you say, that deals with the issue of deleting sections of a capture but, as you also say, it doesn't help with situation where you extend the border (Ido that a lot with callouts) or perhaps layer screen shots to create a staggered view (I do that too).
Thanks for the tutorial though, it was really helpful.
Using images I capture from file photographs that I'm sent, I write reports that will be used in COURT. They are LEGAL DOCUMENTS. And I need to make you understand two things:
1- I CANNOT be wasting time ($$) constantly changing the canvas color to WHITE from transparent
2- I cannot use a transparent background because this is a LEGAL DOCUMENT and if challenged, a transparent background could throw doubt on the image and thus into the case. This second requirement forces me to always change the canvas color every time I capture an image.
I used to be a programmer, then managed programming teams and I KNOW this default setting is simply a coding change.
You can't continue ignoring this when so many people have been asking for it, especially when it has business and legal impacts.
Thank you for moving this request to your the top of your priority list for updates.
~ Debra ~
I am intrigued by your use case though - at a personal level - not in a way that seeks to challenge your need. When you paste an image into a document, it blends into the background doesn't it? How is the fact there's a transparent canvas even known?
Nice to see that there is a lively discussion going on around the initial topic. What I like is that you can now set the background color of the capture with a right mouse click and pop-up menu in the latest version, this speeds things up a bit. However, I still think it is annoying that you have to do this every single time for every capture. In Word for instance, if you set your text color once and it stays active during the whole session, same with Excel colors and settings in other programs. Why can't this be done for the canvas color. Only setting it once, at the start of a new Snagit session, and keeping it active for that session would already be a great help.
I understand that if you paste the image you are editing in a white canvas its no problem but if you send out "stand alone"pictures you don't know how they are viewed and need a complete white frame.
Anyway, lets hope the Snagit team answers our prayers ;-)
Maybe, instead of being able to set a system preference for default canvas colour, we could have a Preset Effect that lets you apply transparency or your chosen colour to any image and if, like me you have a number of background colours that you have to use, you could move from one to another by using different presets.
The algorithm to add preset effects already exist, the algorithm to apply a canvas colour already exists, as does the colour picker. They just need calling in the correct sequence.That could, potentially be an easier job than adding a preference and making sure iit gets called in all the right places. And it's much more flexible and multi-purpose
Or am I smokin' something?
Just so you know, I couldn't
remember which version so I looked it up.
SnagIt 12 version 12.1.0 let you set a default canvas color. That included Transparent.
10 July, 2014: SnagIt v12.1
- Dropbox sharing (link returned to be pasted)
- OneNote 2013 sharing
- Ability to rotate shapes and images
- Ability to change the background canvas color in Snagit Editor
- Quickly enter the exact height and width during a capture
- Removed option that forced objects to be flattened
- Other minor bug fixes
But that was changed shortly
thereafter. I don’t know what version that was.
The canvas color, when setting a color in SnagItEditor Preferences, tab Editor, 'Editor background color', then when creating a new image (File->New->New Image), then I suppose the background should the color that has been set under preferences?
If not, when will the specified color be applied then?
When capturing a window (not a region) usually there will be empty transparent space around the capture. I assume (!) because of the shadow(?) around the windows panel, I don't know.
How to have that filled with e.g. white background/canvas?