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Highlighting/Circling Existing Text

I'm creating a scribe wherein I list several items, and then I want to go back and reference a few of the items by highlighting or circling them.

So far I haven't found any solution that allows highlighting or drawing a circle around text, and my current solution is less than elegant--1) insert a circle graphic 2) copy and paste text to be emphasized in the center, 3) place shape and text on top of the original text.

Anyone have a tip for a more simple solution?


If there is not a good circle in the library, use inkscape to create a circle SVG with a transparent background. there are some tutorials and videos in the instant answers section if you need more specific advice.  Also you can find plenty of tutorials on youtube for drawing a simple shapes in inkscape (free at

Hope that helps,
Mike (videoscribe user)


Thanks, Mike! Very helpful. I'll check out inkscape--sounds like a much better solution than what I've currently got!

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