help making background of motercycle photograph transparent.

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can you import a photograph into snagit, isolate the desired section (in my case my husband on a motercycle) from the background (the track, the sky, etc), and make the background transparent?

I want a way to deal with "real-world" photos so that I can clean them up and use individual elements of the photos later.
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Kelly Rush, Product Manager

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Are you looking for simply a way to block out parts of the image (i.e. draw something on top of a part of the image to block it out), or more something like the "Clone Stamp" function in Adobe Photoshop to subtly remove objects from an image?

(if you're not familiar with the Clone Stamp tool, here's a short video I found on YouTube that talks about it http://goo.gl/mFrAe )
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The clone stamp looks neat, but that's not what I'm looking for. I want to isolate the image of just the motercycle rider. Imagine you had a photograph of someone riding a motercycle around a track, and you could cut out the rider (very carefully)then paste it anywhere you want. I would also like to get really fancy and cut away the bits of the background that are visible in areas like, between the arm and the bike, between spokes of wheels, etc.
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Hi Danielle. What you are asking for is certainly possible in Snagit but it would be very time consuming and difficult to get good results. This type of work is usually done in a professional program like Photoshop, either just using Photoshop or with third-party masking plug-in software.
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Hey Danielle,

Like David said to you, this is certainly possible in Snagit, but is definitely stretching the workflow and tools to their limit. Adobe's Photoshop (again, already mentioned) has some very specialized tools for accomplishing what you want to do fairly rapidly. Alternatively, the open-source GIMP application (http://www.gimp.org) has some very similar toolsets to Adobe Photoshop. While personal experience is that GIMP is not quite as easy to use as Photoshop, the price (free) can be more appealing.

Good luck!

Kelly

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