Object Tools

Rather than painting directly on an image, you can draw a vector object on a layer that is over the image. Object drawing is a shape-based process where every line, shape, and text is editable.

Object Tools and Properties Panel

ScreenHunter has many tools for drawing vector objects. You can draw basic shapes, arrows, freehand lines, load symbols, and pictures. Once an object is created or selected, Properties Panel displays the properties of the currently selected object.

The Object selection tool selects one or more objects.

Before you can do anything with any object, you must use this tool to select it.

Once an object is selected, Properties Panel displays the properties of the object and you can make changes on the panel.

To select an object, you can

  • Click the object
  • Drag a selection area around the objects
  • To add an object to the selection, hold down the Shift key and click the object. The first selected object is the anchor object for alignment.
  • To toggle an object in the selection, hold down the Ctrl key and click the object.

To move an object:

  • Drag handles of the object.
  • Use arrow keys on the keyboard to move 1 pixel at a time.

All objects can be converted to bitmap. Once they are converted and painted, they become part of the bitmap and cannot be edited.

To create an object:

  1. Click the object tool, e.g. arrow or line tool. It will appear as pressed down.
  2. Point your mouse to a starting point on the image and press down the left mouse button.
  3. Hold the mouse button and drag it across to the endpoint and release the button.
  4. You can change the properties on Properties Panel.
When a new vector object is created, it first uses default values for each kind of object.
E.g. if you created an arrow and change the color to blue, and later created a rectangle object and change the color to yellow. Then you create an arrow again, it will use the blue color as the default color.

Arrow or Line


You can add text to any rectangles, round rectangles, ellipses, bubbles, and shapes.

To add & edit text on an object,

  • Click the text icon  or,
  • Press the Enter key or
  • Press the Space key or
  • Press Ctrl + Alt + T

To enter a new line in the text, hold down the Shift key and press Enter, Shift+Enter. That is, pressing Shift-Enter tells word to go down a line.

Round rectangle

To adjust the roundness, drag the yellow handle.

You can add a drop shadow to any rectangles, round rectangles, ellipses and pictures.

Same operations as the Rectangle tool.


It uses the same way to add text as for rectangles above.


You can change the angle, sides color, etc., on Properties Panel.

Drag the yellow handle to change the angle.


Freehand line

To adjust the curve, drag point handles.
To remove a point, select a point and double click.
To add a point, double click a point on the line.



Symbols are like icons that you can place anywhere as an object. When the Symbol tool is clicked, you can choose a symbol from the Symbol Picker dialog. Click the Symbol group dropdown to show the available symbols.

To change a symbol that has been created, you can double-click on the symbol or click the Change Symbol button on the Properties Panel to change.


A picture can be loaded as a picture object. You can resize and move anywhere on the image.

On Properties Panel,

  • When Lock size is checked, the picture will be kept in the original size and not resizable.
  • When Lock aspect ratio is checked, the picture can be resized but the width and height aspect ratio will be locked.
  • Check Drop shadow to add a drop shadow.

You can add a drop shadow to any rectangles, round rectangles, ellipses and pictures.

 Copy & Paste Operations

 Original Image:

Copy Paste in Image Editor Paste in Other programs (e.g. email)
Select an area of bitmap
Paste bitmap beside the original
Select an area of bitmap including vector objects
Paste bitmap as bitmap, vector objects as objects, placed beside the original
Bitmap including vector objects pasted as bitmap
Select only vector objects
Paste vector objects as objects placed beside the original
Not pasted

 Copy From Other Programs

Copy From Paste in Image Editor
Bitmap (e.g. Paint)
Pasted as a bitmap image, placed at the center of your screen
Text ( e.g. from Word)
Pasted as a Rectangle Text object, placed at the center of your screen