Exporting graphics captured from Snagit

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I'm not sure exactly how to frame this question... so here goes... can I capture an image from Snagit or a PNG/JPG and export the lines in an editable format... say, I captured an drawing or an image of a face made from shapes...and export just the lines so that they can be edited in another program, e.g. in its most simplest form (PowerPoint).

That is, I don't want to just export a JPG etc. that I can't manipulate, I want to export the actual lines. 

Is this possible?

Thanks so much for your help.
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Luke Griffioen, Employee

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Hi,

You can export in our editable .snagproj format, but that's only recognized by Snagit, so it would not be editable inside any other program.
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I think (technically) what I'm wanting to do is to be able to export an image to be edited in a vector graphics program (like Illustrator or similar... hopefully simpler). I've never done this, so I don't understand the process. Maybe one of those type of programs can import and extract any type of  captured image?

(Thanks for your reply).
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Luke Griffioen, Employee

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I think if Snagit were to export an SVG (scalable vector graphics) file, then programs like PhotoShop should be able to open them. I'm not sure how big of an undertaking that would be, but I can certainly pass the idea along to the team!
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Thanks so much. I might also see if I can find a simple graphics program and play with it to see if what I want to do is actually common and easy. I have no idea. 
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There are a lot of Free programs that save to SVG. https://www.freevector.com/news/free-design-programs

How well a simple one works? I have my doubts as to there capabilities.I could be wrong, but complex programs tend to be better because they are complex. As long as they aren't buggy. 

Inkscape is complex. But for a simple SVG conversion.Its a easy process and I like the results. I never used the program until this morning.

I will be in the future. I have Adobe Illustrator. But the process is not as streamlined in Illustrator. I had been using Serif Draw for quick conversions but it's outdated.

Anyway, You just import a PNG and export it as an SVG.


In this Image I imported into Illustrator and enlarged it to roughly  64,000 x 50,000 Pixels and it looked like it did at 4000 x 3000. So the conversion was quick, accurate and simple.
I didn't resize the art board so you'll see that behind the aircraft.


I liked the results and found the artboard settings. I could have clicked the Icon, then resize page to content.The window opens further and you click Resize page to drawing or selection. Done.


You can set up SnagIt to Export directly to Inkscape.


You get this pop up.



The editor opens Small in the top corner of my screen.



However, the Artboard is the correct size.You have to scale up the image after you make the editor full screen. I don't know if that's something I can correct or not?



Anyway, fast and accurate. That's what counts. I do have a strong computer, that helps.

Regards,Joe
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Thanks Joe for going to the trouble of creating such a detailed reply. I'll pay it forward ;)

I think I'll take a online training in something illustrator or similar so I get a better sense of what they can do.

Many thanks,

David
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The thing about Illustrator is, if your not an artist or artistically inclined. The program won't do you much good, same with Inkscape and any other drawing program.

My stick people struggle to look like stick people. So I don't use Illustrator for the most part.LOL. I have the Adobe CC. and CS6 before CC came along.

I realized there must be a similarly easy approach to resizing artboards and exporting SVG's in Illustrator.
Turns out, there is. Plus you can assign a Keyboard shortcut for resizing artboards.
 

I've used Draw Plus for my SVG conversions. I have a program called Crazy Talk Animator. You can import SVG props. Objects for use in animated videos.You can make Dogs talk and animate there facial movements. You can even make their bodys move around. Walk if you have the right image to work with.
But having vector props makes for nice clean video.I don't draw them, I just convert them. 

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Many thanks. Yeah, I'm not artistically inclined :(  Lynda.com has really good tutorials that generally bring someone from no skill to a decent basic competence, however, my concern was always without the artistic talent, I'd find it hard to use. I'll have a play with some of the options anyway. Thanks for your input.
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@DavidR

For what its worth and of course your call,  I would look at using Inkscape

For one it's free and open source, not that Adobe subscription BS
and there are lots of tuts on Youtube on using it.

I use it for image creation and image conversions myself.

I notice you mention using Powerpoint in your first post and Inkscape can trace a image in various ways to use in Powerpoint.

A point to know though is that to have a image that you can break apart (ungroup) and modify in Powerpoint it needs to be saved as a .EMF after tracing conversion to work.

A .SVG will give you a good scalable vector image but you won't be able to ungroup it in Powerpoint to say edit the lines of the image.

Anyways what you want to do can be done you just have to take your Snagit capture into another program first and convert it.

:)



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Actually, as long as you use several Adobe applications. The prescription model is not that bad. $600 a year for all Apps.
The CS6 Master Collection was $2700.00 Which didn't include all apps.Under the subscription payment system.It would take you almost 5 years to pay that out. 5 years down the road CS6 becomes antiquated.That's what happened to me. With CC the apps are always up to date.

You can get Photoshop and Lightroom for $10 a month. PS cost $1000 and Lightroom  was $500 I think. So you could get just those 2 for about  12 years. Same Price.That's a great bargin.

If you only wanted 2 apps like Premier Pro and Audition. Premier ProCS6 cost $800 and AuditionCS6 cost $350. Well, CC cost $40 a month for 2  apps. You can't win there. You need to be a power user of all apps at $50 a month for it to make sense.

Tracing degrades an image. Sure you can edit whats there, but I used to make the mistake of tracing an image before saving it as an SVG. Even if I wasn't editing it.

A rookies mistake I suspect.