Help Me Snag an image cutout

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I purchased Snag it after using Jing and Camtasie both great for teaching computer procedures and making videos of web documents --never worry about bandwidth again.

However, I am not finding Snag it nearly as intuitive...  I am wondering if I overestimated Snag It's capability --I need more than Print Screen with square cropping. 

I am trying to use Snag it to "snag" portions of photographs to in essence create images.

I took pictures of every tool on my Volunteer Fire Department's engine. I want to capture the "tool" without the background so I can place into PowerPoint to build user controlled training tools.  I assumed "Snag it" would let me capture parts of an image like PhotoShop only cheaper and easier. 

I am wondering if Snag It was just a cooler way to use print screen and I have over estimated its capability.

If Snag It can help with this project please point me to a tutorial, clear instructions, or someone I can ask questions.


Frustrated Firefighter

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Rick Stone

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Hi John

For starters, there is simply no escaping rectangular areas. It doesn't matter what the image is or how it appears, it's always going to be a rectangle.

The most efficient way would likely to be to capture a rectangular area slightly larger than the image you really want. Then after you capture, use the SnagIt editor to select and remove the background.

Take a look at the article linked below for some ideas.

http://blogs.techsmith.com/tips-how-tos/how-do-you-remove-a-busy-background-in-snagit-11/

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hello there.
SnagIt is good at what it does. But it's not a strong  photo editor.
 I do the type of image extraction you described all the time. You could use the eraser tool to erase the background from around an object, but it would take a long time and the results would be less than ideal. Probably make you an even more Frustrated Firefighter.
 Suggest you consider  purchasing Photoshop Elements. I don't know if you are in the USA. But Amazon in the US has it on sale fairly often. I just saved this Image a second ago. Version 13 is the newest one. See Below, Click to enlarge.
You can download the free 30 day trial from Adobe. And still purchase it elsewhere for less.


It does take some learning to get used to the program.
You-Tube has all the tutorials you will ever need to learn how to use it. Photoshop Elements has a lot of the main tools that the expensive version has and more features than most people ever use. Adobe's  program functionality, blows away everyone else's. In My Opinion. 

To extract objects, people, etc. from images. Watch tutorials that cover using the "Selection Tool and  Refine Edge".

Regards, Joe


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The guys said it - Snagit is a screen capture tool that can do amazing things but in a case like yours you have to help it.  Another approach is to capture your tools with the same background - pink I think is Ricks favorite..  Then you can change that same uniform background easily to become transparent and get what you want.

I think what I would do is do a reshoot with a uniformly lighted colored sheet for the background.  This might be the quickest and easiest approach. 

Joe is good at this stuff so he can spot the flaws in this idea but it seems to me this would be the simplest way to do your project.

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