Try to create a youtube thumbnail and try to insert a background image

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Hello all together I am trying to camtasia to create a thumbnail for youtube. I use a section of my captured video. How can I insert a background image even if I have not taken a picture with a green screen? So in sumary, I have not taken a picture with a green screen and would now like to insert a background image behind my picture. If someone knows how I shoul dproceed I would be very grateful for an answer.
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Camtasia does not have the masking capabilities to do what you are seeking. What you really need is a photo editing program.
There is a free online photo editor called Photopea.https://www.photopea.com/
You can follow YouTube videos to learn how to cut yourself out of an image and place a background behind you.
YouTube will allow you to upload a custom thumbnail for your videos through settings.
That's the best way I can recommend for you to proceed.

Regards, Joe

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That's a pretty neat tool! So close to many of the features and layout of Photoshop.
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It's a little clunky to work with and not nearly as feature rich tool set wise.Its a true poor mans Photoshop.
But it can do quite a bit for free and you don't have to install it.
Installing software is a huge problem for a lot of working class computers.Restricting a lot of employees to not having access to programs like this.

I used a screen grab from a video. So it's not even an Ideal Candidate for extraction.
Extracted this guy and placed him at a Lake.

Not bad for an imperfect image in my opinion. Applied some color correction to him as well.The choices are limited.
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You need a graphics program to do this.  I have Photoshop. You could also do this in PowerPoint (or any other graphics program that allows layering).  Take a screenshot of the frame from your video. Bring it into Photoshop or PowerPoint (or other graphics program).  Mask out the part of the screenshot image you don't want. Then place the background image behind the masked layer.

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As Joe and Naomi both have great suggestions here. That is a cool tool Joe so thanks for sharing that one with everyone. I have also used Gimp but as Joe stated it sometimes can be a problem for having to install it and restricting access to be able to do so.

Here is an interesting article with some suggestions that some might find useful and others may not.

https://learn.g2crowd.com/free-photo-editing-software

Thanks for posting and have a great day/night.