The how and why of the PhantomPDF Snapshot tool

By Scott Nguyen, Integrated Sales and Support

If you want to use a graph, diagram or similar visual from a PDF file in your Microsoft Office document, there’s a better way than the usual copy and paste route. That’s because, when you copy-and-paste from a PDF to another document, the result can be garbled and require editing to make it presentable.

Instead, use the Foxit PhantomPDF Snapshot tool. It makes it easy to copy and paste portions of PDF files into other documents and the image will appear exactly as it did on the PDF.

How to use Snapshot

To copy an image or a combination of text and images, just do the following in PhantomPDF:

  1. Select the Snapshot tool by choosing HOME > Snapshot. You’ll see that the cursor changes into a Cross 
cross automatically.
  2. Click and drag the mouse to draw a rectangle around the content you want to copy.
  3. PhantomPDF will tell you that the selected area has been copied to the clipboard. To deselect it, click anywhere on the page.
  4. (Optional) Right-click the selected area, and then choose Copy Select Graphic.
  5. Paste the image to your desired destination.

That’s it. Easy-peasy. The PhantomPDF Snapshot tool gets the job done, no extra editing required.

14 thoughts on “The how and why of the PhantomPDF Snapshot tool

  1. Peer

    Can the color of the snapshot be changed after the snapped image is pasted in anew document? I have seen this feature in Bluebeam, would be great if this can be done in Foxit.

    1. Laura Silva

      With Foxit Phantom Business we offer a Photo editor. Once the image is pasted, make sure Edit object is selected and you can double click it to access the photo editor I mentioned. This is not available in the other two editions at this time.

    1. Laura Silva

      Hello, Thanks for choosing Foxit Software for your PDF solutions! Unfortunately you can not change the resolution of the snapshot tool . I advise increasing the zoom level of the program before taking the snapshot to receive the best quality.

      1. Marty

        This !!! The capture resolution is determined by zooming in. So zoom in first, THEN take the screen shot.

        Thank you for sharing the solution!


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