Suggestion: Layer tools palette, creating templates, exporting stamp from selection,

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Layer Tools Palette 

Could you guys make a basic layer by tools palette (show layers ⌘4 in the view menu (Mac)),

This would be so helpful in the next update! I have been using SnagIt for about 5 years now on and off both on Windows and Mac

I use both Photoshop and Snagit. Using Snagit has been very helpful to annotate very quickly, whereas having to do it all in Photoshop would take a long time.

The value of layers is very helpful to identify which object one is trying to move.

For example here are two annotations I did for an example to help me describe to a webmaster the difference of what happens when logged into one's account versus not being logged into one's account on this website. 

Here is where one is not logged in and the annotations I did for a screenshot of their website: 

And the other where one is logged in and the annotations I did for the same website: 

I had to switch out the background images and things got a little messy while trying to sort out managing which layer was which. 

Having a layers palette would really improve the functionality of Snagit because it would allow the user to definitively put some objects on one layer, and others on another, and do whatever effects one desires to those layers. 

In Photoshop, Layers is the main source of where all the action happens. 

Creating Templates from Selection OR from a .
snagproj 

Especially if one has many layers. Such like this image of https://www.robotpencil.net/ screenshot. I am a club member of this artist community, and I want to save my work as a template for next time with the resolution I saved as a screenshot with Snagit, and Grab on the Mac. If I could use a lot of stuff over from a previous project, it would help me be more efficient in the next project; which would make Snagit even better!

It would also be cool to be able to create a template from select (such as the examples above in Layer Tools Palette and below in Exporting Stamp from Selection) or creating a template based on a .snagproj project file. Allowing a user to create a template from a selection or based on a Snagit project file could help projects gain more momentum as base templates could be used to create items in a desired arrangement and be reused with other projects or other items and effects. 
 
Exporting Stamp from Selection

Here I have selected items within this project and it would be cool to be able to "export stamp" from selected items in a Snagit project. 



Overall I feel like Snagit is a great tool that could be utilized more effectively if these considerations were implemented within the software. 

Thanks! 
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rene.morales

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Hi there,

Doesn't Create Custom Stamp work in place of exporting?

From TechSmith


Create a Custom Stamp
Save images, annotations, or objects on the canvas as custom stamps. To create a custom stamp from an image, select Stamp tool > Organize Stamps button > Add Stamp button.
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coldwhitefire

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Are you on Mac or Windows? 

On macOS Sierra for the new Snagit, the About page says this for the version I am using: 



Here is the top tool menu: 



And the side property bar: 



 In the Stamp tool, there is no > Organize Stamps button > Add Stamp button
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To be able to access the Stamp tool on macOS Sierra, in the File menu > Tools > Stamp tool 



I find it interesting that one cannot even use Snagit to get screenshots of the Snagit IU unless by using Grab. 
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Hi coldwhitefire - thanks for all the very detailed suggestions...we really appreciate it! A couple of questions:
  1. About layers...for the use case you describe, would a "replace background image" option do the trick?
  2. You can share .snagproj files with other people, save a copy with a new name, etc. So in your mind is the main value of a template that it is read-only...a new document is always created from it rather than overwriting it?
  3. Right-click to create a stamp is a cool idea. I had mainly been thinking of it as something that acts on the entire image but having it apply to selections makes a lot of sense, too.
Right now, you can add stamps to Snagit on Mac via the Import Stamps button that appears when you select the Stamp tool:


Any standard image format is accepted and becomes a stamp in the Custom category.

And if you want to snag Snagit with Snagit, deselect the option here: Snagit > preferences > Capture tab > Hide Snagit when capturing.

We hide Snagit by default because otherwise it's frustrating for users to have it over top of the content they are trying to capture. But of course we have to have a way to document Snagit itself. :) This works for most everything except when trying to capture the act of capturing or certain dialogs...for those we still use another tool or sometimes record as video with Snagit and grab a frame.
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  1. About layers...for the use case you describe, would a "replace background image" option do the trick?

    @Daniel Foster: Yes that would do the trick.
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"2. You can share .snagproj files with other people, save a copy with a new name, etc. So in your mind is the main value of a template that it is read-only...a new document is always created from it rather than overwriting it?" 

Correct: I think it would help to create new documents from a template that could be adjusted like a master page in InDesign. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsl4-J-h8jc 

Then be able to make a new document from it, and change it for new projects. 
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"3. Right-click to create a stamp is a cool idea. I had mainly been thinking of it as something that acts on the entire image but having it apply to selections makes a lot of sense, too."

Yes, selections help a lot (being a long time Photoshop user, making a selection around an object > right clicking > and being able to create stamp then and there without having to import would be fantastic! 

Someone could hypothetically create a Stamp Library from whatever image they want or grab in Snagit anywhere. 
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And if you want to snag Snagit with Snagit, deselect the option here: Snagit > preferences > Capture tab > Hide Snagit when capturing. 
Very helpful, although when using the Capture Window

We hide Snagit by default because otherwise it's frustrating for users to have it over top of the content they are trying to capture. But of course we have to have a way to document Snagit itself. :) This works for most everything except when trying to capture the act of capturing or certain dialogs...for those we still use another tool or sometimes record as video with Snagit and grab a frame.
Agreed.

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