This article will show how to use the Snapshot tool in Bluebeam Revu.
The Snapshot tool in Bluebeam Revu is used to copy and paste content from one part of a PDF to another. The Snapshot tool copies the actual raster or vector content of the PDF to the clipboard. Once pasted, the Snapshot can be edited like a Markup 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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