Is my image flattened (Snagit)?

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I am using Snagit 2020 for Mac. How do I know if my images are already flattened? My workflow is: imported an image into Snagit and placed an arrow on that image plus a black and white filter. From the Snagit menu, select Edit, Copy All. Next, I paste (or cmd V) the image into MS Word. But, I have no clue as to whether the image placed into MS Word is flattened.

So, I reverse the process by copying the same image in MS Word, and from the Snagit menu selecting File, New, New image, Paste. But if I select Color Filters, Perspective, I get a popup saying *To continue, Objects must be flattened on the canvas*.

Back to the original question, how do I know if something is flattened?
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Posted 7 months ago

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Rick Stone

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If you wish to ensure that your image is "flattened". Just right-click it in SnagIt and choose Flatten All.

Typically, if you paste your image into something like Word, you end up with a flattened image. The unflattened image is typically in a SNAG format and I'd be surprised if Word understood what to do with a SNAG format image.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Thank you so much!!!!
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Hi there!

Rick is correct, but I'll add on a little more just for clarity. When you share an image from Snagit, it will always be flattened. Only Snagit knows how to read unflattened snagproj files.

Now when you're editing in Snagit, most thing like arrows or color filters don't flatten anything. Perspective effect (and a few other things) is more complex and requires everything to be flattened otherwise it won't be able to draw correctly.

I hope this clears up any confusion!
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Go to Image on the menu bar. If Flatten/Flatten All is greyed out, everything is already flattened.