Diagonal cut out

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Several times over the last few days I have had a situation where I needed to do a cutout, but due to the nature of the image it needed to be a diagonal cutout (the angle varied from image to image.)

The only way I could do it was

1. Rotate the image using a custom angle until the area to be cut out was vertical or horizontal
2. Do the cutout
3. Lasso and move the section that is now misaligned
4. Rotate the image back to horizontal (an almost impossible task given the current rotation mechanism)

What I would prefer to do is:

1. Use the polygon selection tool to mark out the cutout on the original image (no rotation)
2. Select the cutout tool and apply it.
 
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Using the polygon selection tool and copying doesn't work, I take it.
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Not slickly no.  it's a PITA
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Paul,

I'm onboard with this idea. Vote cast.

In the mean time why don't you make a cutout image (greenscreen green) or two?
You can put it on a image/capture, remove the green  **Boom** a cutout.

It's easy to do and you can angle it any way you want and you will also have a few options such as no pre-shadow applied to the edge but you can add one or adjust the width of the cutout easier.

Just a thought.

If you want to know a couple of ways to create a cutout image and how to use it let me know.

Dubie:)
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Right, I think I got that, but how'd you close the gap?  I cut out both to remove irrelevant content AND to save screen real estate.
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How about a screen shot? I think diagonal cut out is self explanatory. But to what end?
Closed gap, what the heck are you removing at an angle?
2 or 3 screen shots maybe?
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Your wish is my vague suggestion:

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Hi Paul

When you first rotate the image, note the number of degrees. Then when you need to rotate it back, subtract that number from 360. Shouldn't that give you the precision you need?

Cheers... Rick :)
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Yeah, the effect is somewhat complex  with the jagged edge, shadow, and all things considered.
Creating the effect manually would be a lot of work. I think rotating the image and using the built cut out tool. Un-rotating the image, manually selecting one side of the cutout image.Then moving it closer to the other to fill the gap "To Taste". Will probably be faster than any workarounds.

I've voted for the idea.

You could created scripted actions in Photoshop to streamline the process. But SnagIt's no Photoshop, and it would still require a lot of manipulation to get there in Photoshop. SnagIt's faster.
The Jagged edge cutout is no walk in the park effect to reproduce.

Regards.,Joe 
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Here is a vid with a method to do angled cutouts.

The work is in making the cutouts which isn't difficult but once made them you can use them over and over.

In the video when I add a shadow to my created cutout BEFORE I save it is optional but I think helps to define the edges a bit better.

The video is the basics, refine the process to your needs of course.

https://www.screencast.com/t/UuJXf8BLGNa


Dubie:)

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Nice video!

Here is a suggestion. When you are first creating that cutout, you correctly note that there is no way to remove the shadow. And that seems to later result in a smoother edge than you would have if you were able to remove it.

One way to get a clean "no shadow" edge is to make a selection using the rectangle selection tool, then use the Edges effect to influence the edge you want. You are then able to achieve a clean torn edge with no shadow. 

Cheers... Rick :)
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Good tip !

I'll have to play with that.  (●'◡'●)
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I appreciate the effort and thought process Dubie.
I considered the same approach.
However, I'm afraid the technique Paul is currently using is at least as fast. Looks cleaner because the cut out tool leaves a nice clean professional edge every time.And probably requires less steps.

Nice job thinking around it {:>)


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Actually, I like Dubie's method a lot if only because the only rotation you have to do is of the superimposed cutout which has the rotate control on the object rather than having to dive into the menus and enter numbers or use the tiny little inaccurate slider.
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Joe,

Thanks for the feedback.

I agree that edges are a bit cleaner by using the Snagit cutouts.
I think that one could make the edges on a created cutout better though if there was a
inner shadows option in Snagit.
 
I can only guess that as that option is not available and can only be considered a theory.

As far as being faster... I would have to disagree a bit on that.

The main bit would be as Paul posted above is placing and rotating the cutout is easier and
quicker without have to finagle the image itself around and then get it back to it's original horizontal position.

Changing the width of the cutout is easier too. Grab a side handle and make the cutout wider or narrower.
That can be done before you apply the cutout to the image.
No need to necessarily make a selection of part of the image and move it to control the cutout gap.

The part that takes time in the method I show and by no means claim it's the be all do all way, is creating the cutouts but once those are done, those are done.

Applying them to a image/capture is pretty quick and easy.

All said having some options in the Snagit cutouts like shadow control and rotation, to name a few, would make for the best solution.  Do I hear a Amen to that !!


Dubie:)
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Amen and a Hail Mary
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Sweet baby cheeses!
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Well, rotating an image to say 24 degrees is rather cut and dry. Rotating it back?
360 - 24 = 336 Type that in and your level again. Seems fast enough to me.

Applying the magic wand and deleting the selection, applying shadows, etc. Sorry, I fail to see how all of these steps are going to be much faster than 2 simple rotations.

If you don't mind doing all of those things. And still producing an image with soft torn edges to boot. Great.I wasn't saying the method didn't work. I don't view it as faster from my perspective.

I'm a bit of a perfectionist. I wouldn't what smudged soft edges. The cut out tool produces a superior edge. At any resolution.

If Camtasia had a glitter effect. And someone came up with a workaround to create a glitter effect. That looked degraded from the one that shipped with Camtasia. I would have written a similar post.
Nothing personal. Just my 2 cents.
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One man's meat is another man's poison.

See, I've been doing it my way and I can tell you that for this tired old hack, remembering to capture the original rotation number while I try to find the angle I want visually, is tough.  It'd be easier if you could enter minus numbers for counterclockwise, but -45 degrees requires the less obvious +315.
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Where do you hail from Dubie?  I was trying to figure out your accent.  I'm thinking somewhere around New England.
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Rick, you've reminded me of a story about my late MIL.  As a young child she believed God's name was Harold!  When her teacher asked how she came to that idea she said,  "Well miss, the Lord's Prayer starts 'Our Father, Who art in Heaven, Harold be thy name!'"
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Well, growing up, I thought my name was Jesus Christ.

My father would always scream out: Jesus Christ! What did you do NOW?
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@ Paul

The accent is my radio voice.  LOL

Michigan, US is where I call home.