SnagIt - how to create an empty clip with a specific size (e.g. 13x19cm) ?

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Sofar it has always been a kind of trial-and-error to create an empty clip with a specific size (in cm). Usually I create an empty, small, clip (Editor->File->New) and start resizing it until I think it roughly fits a specific size.

Maybe there is a better way though.

The File->New is in pixels, it does tell me anything, have no idea, pixels->cm, like Photoshop

Suggestions are welcome.
(Maybe it isn't possible at all..?)

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If your new clip is transparent or a solid color then there is a workaround. Solid colors and transparency won't suffer any degradation when resized .

Open the new image as usual. "In Pixels"

Then, resize the image.You can select "Centimeters, Inches, etc." From the resizing drop down menu.

It's not Ideal but it will get you there.
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Thanks Joe.
Eh .. well, it is like this ...
yeah .. yeah ... sorry...
I know  :-)
good old v11.3
cause I know my way around with that version and don't see it happen quickly with v13.


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As far as I know it's never been possible to create a new image in units other than pixels.  I don't know why exactly because obviously Snagit does know the resolution of your screen since it can resize the image once created.  So the way to do this from the start exactly is to know the pixel density of your screen before creating an image and use a calculator.

Typical screen pixel density for Windows machines is 96 pixels per inch [37.8 pixels per cm]. So if you want a 13X19 cm image you would use [13X37.8] 491.4 by [19x37.8]  718.2 pixels in that box.  Yea, I know a pain.  It's easier to do as Joe said.  Guess at an initial size and then resize the image to what you need before you do anything else.  I don't know where Photoshop got the 28,324 ppcm from but try using that if you believe it. Printing may be involved in that number.  I've no idea since I don't use PS.

This topic can be confusing because a lot of the terminology is named with similar/identical names for different things. But here is how to determine your exact pixel density for your monitor:  Bring your calculator with you...