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In Bluebeam Revu 2019, the Snapshot tool can be used to quickly copy and paste content from one part of the PDF to another. The Snapshot tool works by copying the underlying raster or vector content to the clipboard, letting you paste that content elsewhere on the PDF.  Once pasted, the Snapshot will work similarly to other markups and can be edited in size and color – or even added to the Tool Chest for reuse. The Snapshot tool is particularly useful for creating custom tools from details or symbols already on the drawing.

This article will demonstrate how to use the Snapshot tool in Bluebeam Revu 2019.

The following examples are taken using the 64x Bluebeam Revu 2019 eXtreme edition, but these functionalities are available within all versions of Revu.

To access the Snapshot tool, select Edit > Snapshot. The tool can also be selected using its keyboard shortcut, G.

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The Snapshot tool will display cross hairs on the cursor that can be used to make a selection. Click and drag the cursor around the desired content to take a snapshot. The selected content will highlight in blue, indicating that it has been saved to the clipboard.

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The snapshot can now be placed on another part of the PDF by right clicking and selecting Paste. Once pasted, the snapshot can then be selected, moved, and resized like any other markup.

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The visual properties of snapshots can be adjusted using Color Processing. To change the color of a snapshot, right click on the snapshot and select Change Colors.

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The Color Processing dialogue box allows you to manipulate the colors of the snapshot in  a variety of different ways. First, select a Process Type from the dropdown menu. There are 6 options available:

  • Modify Colors: replaces selected colors found in the snapshot with other colors
  • Colorize: converts all colors in the snapshot to a single color square.
  • Grayscale: converts all colors in the PDF to grayscale
  • Black and White: converts all colors in the PDF to monochrome black and white
  • Luminosity, Saturation, and Hue: transforms all colors in the PDF by luminosity, saturation, and hue using the slider bars
  • Mask Images: creates a transparent area in an image corresponding to a single color

A preview of the selected changes will appear in the After section. Select OK to apply the settings.

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A useful way to use the Snapshot tool is to save snapshots to the Tool Chest for reuse. To add a snapshot to the Tool Chest, right click on it, select Add to Tool Chest, and select the desired Tool Set. The snapshot will now be available from that tool set for use on other PDFs.

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  1. GIovanni

    Hello, I have found on my bluebeam that the “change color” option in the properties tab (or in the right-click pop up menu) is not visible, thus cannot change a color of a pasted image. Is there any option that should be activated before using the “change color” feature?

    • Lauren Hecker

      Hi Glovanni,
      Double check to make sure that you’re working with a Snapshot markup, as this is the only type of markup that features the Change Colors feature. Additionally, if your markups are flattened or if you’re using a View mode, the option won’t be available as well. Please let me know if this solves the issue – if not, I can continue trying to troubleshoot for you.

  2. Peer


    I am using Bluebeam Revu x64 Standard, version 2019.1.20. The Snapshot (G) is not working in my files. When I press G, it clips, but I couldn’t paste the snapped image. Can anyone help me sort this?


    • Lauren Hecker

      This error sometimes occurs when using PDFs that weren’t created in Bluebeam. To fix this, try selecting File > Create > From File and select your PDF file. This will create a copy of the broken PDF in Revu and change the PDF producer to Bluebeam. After doing this, you should be able to properly use the Snapshot tool.


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