How to Set the Snagit Editor Default Background

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how can i change the background in snagit editor from transparent to some other color and make the new color my default? That way, when I start the editor, my chosen color is the default background. it's very rare that I want a transparent background. i'd like to be able to set the default to be white or some color other than transparent.
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The setting is in the profile. Under Capture Settings choose Properties then on the General tab there's an option for canvas color.

Personally, I like the transparent background because I can make it appear there are elements outside the capture region. I use it all the time.
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You're very,very welcome!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Snagit Mac - Set the default canvas color to last color used.


Every time I do  any editing I find I have to change the canvas color to white to hide my deletes.  Why can't it default to the last color (including transparent) that I was using?
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Derm
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I want a simple white background as the default in Snagit Editor, but there is evidently no option to set that any more.  Each time I set it to white, it goes back to transparent on the next use.  True for versions 11 and 12.

Is this feature another on the "Techsmith decided you no longer needed it" list?
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As you can see, I'm not the only guy who wants this :-)  Just make it default to the last selected color.  It's not rocket science.
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Another vote for this. I sometimes have to reset this 10 or 20 times in one day.
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Steve I have tried changing this to white and closing and then reopening the software and the color stays to what I change it to. I am using the latest SnagIt 12 Version on a Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 OS but could not get that to happen to me when I tried. I would suggest you contact TechSmith Support at the link below and see what they can do for you. Post back what you find out for other users please.

http://support.techsmith.com/

I hope this helps a little and sorry I did not experience or have the same results as you when I tried to duplicate this. Have a great day and thanks for posting.
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Thanks, Fred. I just tried the additional step of quitting and restarting SnagIt (and the Editor), but sadly that wasn't the key. I have the same setup as you. Go figure. Just wish I had time for a support call, but that's always such a potential rathole, and I can't risk falling down one at the moment. One of these days.
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It especially sucks because we USED to be able to do it and it's a feature that's been taken away.  I hope TechSmith reconsiders.  This is an important feature to many.
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Hi Casi,
What feature has been taken away? What are you needing to do?

If you want to change the default look of the Editor, choose File, then Editor Options at the bottom of the fly-out menu. In the dialog that opens, choose your color preferences here:


Now, each time you open the Editor, you will have the new colors you chose.


If this is NOT what you need to do or it is not working for you, please let us know.

Kelly
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Thanks, Kelly.

But the setting you've pointed to set the background color for the UI (the color *behind* the images within the editor).

The thing we'd love to (and used to) be able to set a default for is the Canvas Color, which is the background of the capture image. It's on the Image tab.

Thanks.

Steve
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OK. So, I better understand now.

You can change the default background color for new captures by changing that setting for a profile - say the Image capture. Then, when you take a new capture, the background canvas color will be what you want. Here is a video to show you how to change that:
http://www.screencast.com/t/hSAl1QECxYa
 

Also, to change the canvas color for new images you start within the Editor, press Ctrl+N and change the canvas color there. Each time you press Ctrl+N to begin a new image, the canvas will be that color.

Kelly
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Aha! I get it. Change it in the *profile*!

I think I actually tried that a year ago. And now, having poked around in the forum some more, I understand why it didn't work then. Or why I (thought* it didn't work then.

It's because I've never really understood the UI paradigm shift that happened a few versions back. And I see by the discussion at https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsm... that I'm not the only one who was confused.

I've used Snagit almost literally forever (probably since its first version), and I'd learned to sue it a particular way: Make changes to settings on the fly, and they'll stick until you change them or select a profile. Or if you think you;re going to use these settings again later, create/modify and save a profile, and then select it when you need it.

But the conceptual model changed somewhere.

Somehow I thought the "global capture" settings (which are invoked by PRINT SCREEN--unless you change the hotkey--or by clicking on the Big Red Button) could be changed. But I was wrong, right? They can't.

I knew it wasn't quite right, but every time I tried to look it up, I ended up even more confused.

So now I'm in the habit of using the Big Red Button because it's an easy target to hit quickly. But there's no way for me to change the Canvas Color for global capture, right?
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Hi, Kelly.
That is EXACTLY what I needed! Thank you so much!!
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I'm glad that helped!
Kelly
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Doesn't seem to work for Mac.  See my post two years ago.
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good sharing. thanks.

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