Adjustable Selection Tool in Snagit Editor

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I would like to be able to adjust the selection in Snagit Editor without moving what has been selected. If I use the Selection tool in the Draw tab there does not seem to be any way to do fine positioning of the selection. As soon as I place the selection, it is fixed and any other movement will result in actually moving the selected portion of the image.

In an application like Photoshop the selection can be positioned with handles and there is a separate tool to actually move the selected portion of the image. It would be very helpful if there an equivalent technique in Snagit Editor.

I ran into this when using the Spotlight tool, where I need to accurately position the selection, and I don't see any way to do that.
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DeNelo

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I have a related query.
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Kevin Levine

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I want to do the same thing. Any way to do it?
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I totally want this, too. I could swear I've actually been able to do this before in Snagit Editor - even recently - but can't today. When I use 'select' tool, it keeps cutting out whatever shape I draw.. I have a huge image and I need to create a very specific 1080x194 subset of it ... but I'd like to be able to draw a 1080x194 'selection frame' and have it hover as a shape outline so I can move it all over my huge image until I decide which specific 1080x194 section looks best...then select THAT area and copy it as a new image in the 1080x194 size I want.
I think this is what you are talking about. (I'm being detailed here in case Snagit 13 CAN do this, or equivalent, and someone can respond and show me how. Techsmith - any help?)
Thanks!
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@Rick - @Juhl - please allow me to step in here...
It is because my post
"Is it possible to change the selection from rectangle to circle v.v.? "
somewhat related to this is my post
(https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/is-it-possible-to-change-the-selection-from-rectangl...)

it is about being able to position/resize a circle selection in the same way as a Rectangle Selection.

In basically all cases, whilst using circle selection, I manage to select the wrong area.

I confess, it undoubtedly is my fault... surely I am doing something wrong..
wrong starting point, whatever....




Do you have a kind of trick that may help?

I am in v11 (maybe what I want can be done in v13, I don't know)

Thanks
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Version 13 lets you resize and re-position circle selections.
Same thing goes for rectangle selections.


There are no tricks that will allow you to resize or re-position a circle in version 11 that I'm aware of.

Regards,Joe
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Thanks a lot Joe!
Off-topic and out of curiosity: this video...
how did you manage to get it in here?
wild guess is  you uploaded it to onedrive and then past the url here?

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It's a GIF, you can add them like a jpg or png
It's real easy to exceed the 2MB limit. And, for some reason.I'll try to add a GIF and the website won't load it.You get a message "Bad Gateway" even if the GIF is less than 1MB.

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Okay, thanks. Yes, a .gif file tends to become (very) large, often too large.
have uploaded a file to onedrive and pasted a link below.
see if it works... it is a try only.
https://1drv.ms/v/s!AkRaefqU_yzstUsaDmJkP-wwU3y-
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You don't need a UI feature to make adjustments to the Selection Tool, simply use a Shit, or Alt keyboard press and then allow the cursor to change the proportions of the current selection without actually altering the image the current selection box contains. Please, make this happen. I'm seeing conversations from 5 years ago requesting a selection box that can be changed without altering the contained image. 
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Here is an example of what I think people are talking about in Photoshop with the Pen Tool that creates a path. (I held down the Shift Key while drawing out the points of the path). 

 

Then with the Direct Selection Tool, one can edit those path points in this example. (I also held down the Shift Key and pressing the directional arrow keys on the keyboard.) 



To get both of these functions together, I think the easiest way to do it is a new tool with the path points in a selection tool like this example. 



This way one can draw out a selection (could be either square or circle), then click on the path points to edit in any direction on the X and Y axis at any point—thus combining the two methods above to make solve this topic. 

This could work well in conjunction with what Roger J Vela spoke about above: 
You don't need a UI feature to make adjustments to the Selection Tool, simply use a [Shift], or Alt keyboard press and then allow the cursor to change the proportions of the current selection without actually altering the image the current selection box contains.
(In Photoshop when the Shift Key is held down in conjunction with a tool being used it constrains those points to 90 degrees to get sharp angles. When the Alt Key is pressed and held it allows those points to be selected individually or combined and moved accordingly in any direction on the X and Y axis.) 

Is this what you think this topic is trying to depict? 
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I actually have avoided upgrading from Snagit 2.3.0 on Mac because of this and a few other UI inconveniences. Seems I might have to bite the bullet though. Is there a way to adjust the selection boundary at all? 
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Unfortunately no. There are only two options you have once you place your selection. A) Click outside the selection to create a new selection. Or B) Click anywhere inside the selection which automatically converts the selection into a layer for cutting out of your main layer.

To SnagIt's credit the "Snap to Object" mode which automatically binds your selections around any shaped object (even when a part of your selection crosses another path on the image), works very well. 

As a longtime SnagIt user, since way before there was a Mac version, I'm pretty happy with the current Mac version. There are still a few UI inconveniences but the groundwork is high quality.