Background Fill Suggestion

  • 2
  • Idea
  • Updated 1 month ago
A few versions back, SnagIt offered this nifty option to automatically fill the background when deleting a selection.



I dearly love the Auto-Fill feature and use it quite a lot, but sometimes it frustratingly works against me. Especially if what I have selected is very close to something I want to keep in the image. When that happens, I typically notice SnagIt has nicely produced a smear effect in the nearby area when all I really wanted was a solid color or whatever.

So I find myself often pressing Ctrl+Z to undo the deletion (thankfully, the selection remains) then clicking the Transparent tab, repeating the deletion, then switching to the Fill tool, where I then have to sample the color I want to use as the fill, then finally filling the transparent area with the background color.

What I'd love to see is an additional and simple "Auto-Fill" option that would behave differently than the current Auto-Fill presently works. Where regardless of nearby colors, the color you select or the primary color of the background is used and the nearby colors are simply ignored.

Perhaps it might be a better use of the Optimize for drop-down?



I could easily see "Speed" working exactly as I stated I want above, where the basic background color is used, then the "Photo Quality (Experimental) option causing the behavior we see today. Of course, I would think one would want to remove "(Experimental)" from this. Honestly, I've always been surprised to see that option labeled as such. Maybe in a beta version, but not a shipping version.

Anyone else that feels this way should please vote for the feature!

Cheers... Rick :)
Photo of Rick Stone

Rick Stone

  • 5823 Posts
  • 2775 Reply Likes
  • Hopeful

Posted 1 month ago

  • 2
Photo of Tony Coty

Tony Coty

  • 112 Posts
  • 16 Reply Likes
Hey Rick, you just thought me something, I never paid attention to the "auto fill". Tried it out to see how it works. Thanks for posting your question.

Now, if I could only figure out what snap to object does.
Photo of Rick Stone

Rick Stone

  • 5823 Posts
  • 2775 Reply Likes
The snap to object should surround any objects that SnagIt detects. For example, I just snagged part of this screen. I then enabled the Snap to Object and proceeded to click and drag to surround the icons. After a brief moment processing, there were "marching ants" surrounding the icons. I can then click and drag them around because the snapping selected them.



Cheers... Rick :)
Photo of Tony Coty

Tony Coty

  • 112 Posts
  • 16 Reply Likes
Thanks Rick!  Will have to try it!
Photo of rsporn1014

rsporn1014

  • 27 Posts
  • 13 Reply Likes
Rick, I vote with you on this one, The few Times I have used it this issue has happened to me as well. 
Photo of Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan

  • 7426 Posts
  • 4055 Reply Likes
You could try this approach instead........................

What Ricks describing is already quite doable. It's how one would use Photoshop to do a like task.

What I'd love to see is an additional and simple "Auto-Fill" option that would behave differently than the current Auto-Fill presently works. Where regardless of nearby colors, the color you select or the primary color of the background is used and the nearby colors are simply ignored.

 All you do is make a selection of the area you want to fill. In the image below I used the polygonal tool as an example, I could have used a rectangle. But the Polygon is much more versatile. So I used it to demonstrate the possibilities.



With the area selected. You chose the Bucket Fill tool. Use the eyedropper to sample the color required.

Set the Color Opacity and Tolerance to 100%.



Click inside the selected area and fill with the selected color.


That’s it, Done. Hit Ctrl + D to deselect the area.



I'm not going to vote for a feature that already exists.Besides, ..........................................

"Content Aware Fill" is Photoshop's terminology for Auto-Fill.
It works by sampling the pixels surrounding your “selection.”  It’s not designed to and cannot ignore the pixels outside of the selection area.

That would leave the tool with no information to work with.
Photoshop CC 2019 released an advanced version of Content Aware Fill. If you watch this tutorial, you can get a feel for how complex the algorithms are that drive the feature.



(Edited)
Photo of Rick Stone

Rick Stone

  • 5823 Posts
  • 2775 Reply Likes
Interesting. This old dog learned a new trick. I was totally unaware that I could use the Paint Bucket to fill only a selection! I'm not sure why I never tried it before.