How to create a screenshot and highlight text on a MAC

On a Windows 7 and onwards PC it is really easy to take a screenshot and highlight text using the highlighting pen found in Snapit. For a long time I have been trying to do that on a MAC. I finally found the answer this morning. I already new about “Command + Shift + 4” which lets you cut around the part of the screen that you want to take a snapshot then pastes the screenshot to your desktop. I could not figure out how to highlight text and I could not find a way to do it with preview or any of the other free programs that I tried.


So anyway this is how I learned how to do it.

Take a screenshot with “Command + Shift + 4” and open the picture with preview.


Now I am going to highlight the words “Gold Coast Area”

To do this I go to the top menu and select Tools > Annotate > Rectangle


A rectangle appears on your screen


You need to resize this to fit around the text you want to highlight and drag it to the correct position.


The next step is to adjust the translucency of the rectangle and shading and translucency of the shading.

You do this by clicking on border colour and fill colour in the menu bar.


Clicking on the border colour menu item give you a choice of colours


Click on  Show Colours to see more colours and an option for Opacity.


Scroll the Opacity slider until it looks visually correct.

Then close its window.

From here you can either leave it as it stands and save the changes or do the same thing for fill colour.

I am using green to make it visually different but normally I would keep it the same colour or empty.


And there you have it highlighted text.