Highlight in circle shape rather than rectangle?

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Is it possible to highlight in circle shape rather than rectangle?

Thank you.
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Camtasia 9 doesn't have a circular shaped highlight.

A fairly simple workaround "In my opinion"is to use a black png with a round transparent hole in it. I've used this technique myself. You place the png over the video and scale the circle to taste in the properties panel.The image is much larger than the video.It has to be in order for the the highlight effect to cover the entire video area.
You turn down the opacity to taste and drag the circle where you want it.
Like any callout or image, duration is controlled by dragging the ends of the image in the timeline.
For a polished effect, add a Fade Transition to the start and ending of the effect.

Once you've created one, you can right click it and add it to your library.That way you can add it quickly in the future.Just re-position it's location and size.

Here's 2 png's that are ready to go if you want them, just right click them and chose save as.

Regards,Joe

The small one is 4000 x 4000 pixels will cover 1080p and below videos. The larger one is intended for 4K work. It's 6000 x 6000



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That is pretty nifty. Thanks for the tip. I'm excited to play in Camtasia now. :-)
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Thank you very much for your response Joe!!

I apologize. I thought I was on the "SnagIt" specific forum. I was wondering about being able to highlight in a circle shape in SnagIt rather than Camtasia. 

Again, thank you for taking the time to respond!!
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Okay well, I was afraid of that.

Just use the circle selection tool,make a circle selection first.  Then apply Spotlight and Magnify


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That's pretty cool feature (I'm still on 12.4), however wouldn't be suitable for what I'm looking to do.
I wasn't sure if maybe it had been a feature added to later versions or if someone had a trick with Callouts or Shape Fills that would do what I'm looking for. For both the Callouts and the Shape fills there is an "opacity" setting but that dulls what it behind the shade fill rather than highlight it.

Thanks again for your response Joe!!
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Ah, I'm not on the same page as you. Your looking for what to me is Highlighter but you are calling it by it's correct name Highlight.
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Yes, that's the one. If the fill of shapes could be set like that I'd be set :). 
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Hmmm, well, SnagIt offers a circle shape. And you can control both the fill as well as the transparency. Then again, it would only be a facsimile of the actual highlighter tool. The text or whatever the shape was placed over would be affected as a result. I don't think the highlighter has that effect.

Cheers... Rick :)
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That's my issue with transparency/opacity with shapes and fill, it dulls what's behind it. Same with Callouts. 

It's not the end of the world :) but figured I'd ask in case someone had a way. 

Would be very cool if it was a feature in future version, where shapes have a "Highlight" checkbox type thing in the "Fill" section.

Thank you for your response.
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I got curious as to how they apply highlight with such clarity.I believe they are using a blend mode on the highlight layer.
Photoshop has used blend modes forever and I'd be nice to see them as part of the SnagIt  arsenal one day.


I added various shapes in Photoshop and used "Darken" blend mode.All the darken options seemed to have the same effect on the selections.
I opened the image into SnagIt and applied rectangular highlights next to the Photoshop examples.

See the results for yourself.Purple seemed off a tad,I didn't investigating why that may be.RGB values didn't jive? Doesn't matter really.Blend modes,great feature.
 
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That's very cool Joe. I don't play with Photoshop though so outside my skill set :). Hopefully it's something incorporated into a future release. For now I guess it's rectangle highlights for me :).
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I heart TechSmith. No, really. I love it when a question turns into a conversation that reveals interesting tips and tricks that never would have occurred to me. This forum is the bomb.

TechSmith - there are some pretty smart feature requests in this thread:

  • Provide a Highlight option to any shape
  • Provide blending mode

I hope this makes it on to a list of possible upgrades in the future.

Thanks!