Creating a cicular capture.

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The HELP says that instead of selecting a rectangular area of capture, I can capture a circle. (I'm talking about capture here, not creating a circle in the editor.)  The instructions in the Help are incorrect. How do I capture a circular portion of an image using version 11?
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hello,

I'm sorry, but the ability to capture shapes with Snagit was removed. So, you need to create your circular shape from the Editor view (which I know is NOT what you want to have happen).

I also apologize for the incorrect information being in the help file. Can you tell me where you saw that? Maybe take a screen capture of that part of the help file and post it here?

Again, I'm sorry we don't have the exact workflow you need. However, if you do want to use the Editor, just use the selection tool to drag a circle around the area you need. Press and hold the <Shift> key to keep the selection as close to a circle as possible.

Kelly
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Ahhh, I see.
So, you must not have the Transparent Background option selected.
Here is how you toggle that on:


Now, when you make a cut, you will get transparency as your background which will eliminate the color background.

Also, just as a tip for others who might be reading this, to get the correct/desired area with the circle shape in the Editor, imagine or draw a square around the area you want to capture. Then, begin your circle shape selection at the top left corner of that square and drag down to the opposite corner (the bottom right corner). If you press SHIFT, you should get close to a perfect circle.

Also, to finish your circle and give it a nice edge, I always draw a plain black circle shape around the edge as a border. This gives it a bit of polish.

I hope this helps!
Kelly
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Thanks but I still get the square background of a round cutout.
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi,
And the canvas background has been set to white? In that option I have shown you?
When you create a new canvas, with nothing on it, (Press CTRL+N), what does that canvas look like?
Is it white or a gray and white checkered design?

Also, is it showing the square when you are pasting it elsewhare? Or is it actually square in Snagit?

Kelly
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Is the ability to capture a circular shape coming back? Why on earth would you remove it? UGH
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Exactly.  I'm on Snagit 13 and it has essentially become a useless tool for me.
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1. I toggled the Canvas Color > Transparency option as you suggested.  It doesn't appear to change anything, however.
2. When i create a new canvas, it's checkerboard.
3. When pasting the "cutout" (not), it pastes the entire, square image that's in the editor, not the portion inside the dotted lines.
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Hi,
I made a video for you.

Can you see if this helps out at all?
http://screencast.com/t/qWtesOpglPi

Kelly
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Great video. Make sure you "flatten" the image, or you will not be able to make the cut selection. At first, my image was on top of the transparent background and the cut selection did not work at all until I right-click on the image and selected "flatten all".
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The video was awesome but I have Snagit from 2013 and an Apple version. When I right-click my image, I don't get the menu you have. When I click Edit->Save As, I don't see the transparency button. Help! 

Thanks!
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Make sure you "flatten" the image, or you will not be able to make the cut selection. At first, my image was on top of the transparent background and the cut selection did not work at all until I right-click on the image and selected "flatten all".
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any chance you folks can do a step by step tutorial for dummies.  I have the latest version of snagit and I'm not seeing what you're displaying, especially that video.  Thanks.
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Hey Rob McGee,

I gonna throw some images at you and see if that will clear things up for you.

I’m starting with this image of a deer. I’m applying an elliptical/circular selection. If you want to resize/reshape the selection. Be sure to only grab the selection handles so you don’t flatten the selection. Continue manipulating the shape until you get the desired results.


With your cursor placed inside the shape. Right-click and select copy. If you were to right-click with your cursor outside of the selection. The selection would disappear.

In case you’re wondering. Standard keyboard shortcuts don’t seem to apply in this situation. You need to work through the menu system in order for this to work. At least that’s my experience with my computer.



Then, go to File, New, New from clipboard.


At this point your new image has been created.

However, the background will not be transparent. You will need to go to the image tab. Then select the canvas color and change the image background to transparent.



At this point the process is complete.



You can drag this image from the recent captures tray into another image. Or you could save it as a PNG with a transparent background for archiving. The choice is really up to you at this point.

Regards, Joe