Draw and Talk Over Your Images to Communicate More Clearly

Have you ever watched your local weather reporter draw a weather pattern on the screen? Or a sportscaster draw on-screen to analyze a sports play? They’re using telestration! Sure, they don’t usually exclaim that they’re telestrating an image, but they’re practicing telestration to show you exactly what they’re talking about. Simply put, telestration is the action of drawing on top of an image. While it may sound fancy, people use telestration all the time. From classrooms to boardrooms, you’ll notice people using telestration to visually communicate their messages.

Yet, simply telestrating isn’t always enough. You’ll notice that when someone is telestrating, they’re often narrating at the same time. Narration is common in movies and storybooks, but it’s also proven to be a great tool in academics and business. Instead of sending a static image, why not add some clarity and a personal touch by narrating a new idea or concept to your coworker? Better yet, why not narrate as you telestrate an image to show and tell at the same time? Just like a broadcaster does.

Snagit makes it easy to mark up and talk right over top of a still image. This can be a really quick way to share your thoughts on a screenshot, photo, or even a blank “whiteboard.”

With Snagit, you can simply talk and draw like you would if marking up a physical document with a pen then send it to a colleague or student. They can play it back once or many times to clearly understand your feedback or idea.

You can even use this approach to narrate and annotate a series of images! You could go through a colleague’s presentation slides, a competitor’s website, or whatever you want to comment on. Select only the most important screenshots to talk about. Then flip through those screenshots, commenting and inking as you go—efficient for both you and the receiver.

Here’s how you can telestrate and narrate your images:

1. Download a free trial of Snagit if you don’t already have Snagit.

2. Turn off option to hide Snagit when capturing (you only need to do this the first time).

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3. Plug in microphone if it’s not already plugged in.

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4. Open desired image on the canvas (or series of images in Open Captures tray).

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5. Select the pen tool and set the desired width/color.

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6. Click the big, red capture button.

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7. Select the image on your canvas as recording area.

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8. Click video camera icon to start recording.
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9. Talk and draw on the image.


10. If you want, you can even switch between images using the Open Captures tray.

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11. Press the Stop button.

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12. If you want, playback your recording and trim out anything you don’t want.

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13. Click Share tab and click the Screencast button to upload the recording and get a sharing link, or upload and share it directly via social.

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After you’re done, tell us about your experience!

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