How do I find/create a cut-out with faded edges?

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I'm sure I remember, in previous versions of Snagit (may have been Windows, may have been Mac) that you could do a cut-out and then select the edges of the cutout - and one of those options was to have the cut-out fade "in" and "out". I'm sure you could set the depth of the fade, too, same as you still can for fading the edges of the image itself.

I used that constantly for my various screenshots.

But I can't find it in Snagit 2019 (Mac). It has torn edges, or just a line, or wavy edges, but none of them will work effectively for what I'm doing.

Have I missed something? 



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Rick Stone

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I seem to recall what you are describing. What I remember is that one could make a selection using the selection tool, then apply an effect to that selection. I believe that disappeared in recent versions. Seems it was present in maybe version 10 or 11?

One of the things tickling my memory was when they introduced the peeled edge effect. The other effects allowed selection of a smaller area. For example, I could select a small rectangle in the middle of the image and apply a torn edge to it. But the peeled edge always applied to the entire image. :(

I'd certainly applaud a return to that behavior. But I'm not holding my breath either.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Um, isn't this it?


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infoaddict

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Damn, looks like it. Are you Mac or Windows, and is that Snagit 2019? The screenshot in my first post is all _I_ get in the related "Quick styles".
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LOL, my mind was in a whole other direction!

Good job, Paul!
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Paul

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That's 2019 on Windows.  I just used the toolbar option for Cutout.
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On the Mac if you click on "Effects" you have too many options to alter the edges of this tool.



BTW, I had to use the Mac screenshot feature (Shift-Command-4) to capture this, every time I tried to do this with Snagit, Snagit hid out of the way. 

So how do you capture the capture application?
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On the Windows side, we can open preferences and enable or disable the option to hide SnagIt when capturing.
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infoaddict

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I used the built-in Mac screenshot (apple+shift+4) for a quick'n'dirty screenshot, then edited in Snagit Editor :)
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infoaddict

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I tried using those effects, but they only impacted the overall image, not the cut-out edges :(
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Hi Rick,

You are correct, it's there on the Mac as well. (I've kinda gotten tired of looking in the Snagit Prefs for things that are not there, but this time it is!)
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Mac also has the option to hide/show Snagit when capturing. Preferences --> Capture. 
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infoaddict

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And thanks Rick for that tip - I hadn't realised Snagit ducked out of the way when screencapping :)
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Gary, are you able to change the edges of the cut-out using the effects? It doesn't seem to work for me at all ... 
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One thing that constantly trips me up with Effects is that I always forget I must click the Apply button for them to "stick".

And that seems arbitrary, considering the Quick Effects operate with a single click. LOL
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It's the same with image resizing.  I don't see the point of the "Apply" step. You can simply press undo if you DON'T like the result of an operation
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Can you please do a cutout and demonstrate that these effects work on the edges of the cutout itself, and not on the whole image? Because that's what they do in _my_ program - they apply the fade effect on the whole image, not just the cut-out section.

The faded edges appear to be in the Windows version - see screenshot above - but no in the Mac version, which is somewhat annoying.
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Actually, I can't get consistent effects when using any of those Effect Styles when in the "cut-out" tool.

Some impact all the edges - including the cut-out ones - and some don't seem to do a blessed thing unless I press them in some random order, at which point they suddenly spring into action - but only on the whole image, not the cut-out edges.

If anyone can create a faded-edge effect on a cut-out section of an image using Snagit2019 for Mac, and do it four times in a row on different images, I would appreciate the steps, because now I'm just getting frustrated. 
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Rick, it's becoming clear that the option is on the Windows version, but not (easily, if at all) on Mac. And that's very, very annoying. I don't want to cough up more $$ and persuade IT to put it on my work laptop when I have a perfectly-good iMac sitting on my desk ... 
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Does the Mac not offer any type of cut out tool?

If not, I'm thinking you could achieve it by simply selecting a rectangle, then deleting the content selected. Then make a selection of the empty area and edges, then use the Edges effect and fade?
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See my first screenshot - it has a cutout tool, but only four options - one a tight slice, and then three variants on "wavy edges" (torn, zigzag, and ripples). No fade or the additional frilly edge that Windows seems to have.

I'd have to check if it can do what you've specified, but I'm not entirely convinced the Mac will do "fade" on a selected area, just on the whole image.

If it doesn't, and I need to re-create the effect, I'll copy the two areas separately, edit one with a faded top and one with faded bottom, then paste back into place, flatten, and crop. But it's an awful lot of work to replicate what Windows can do in a single action *muttergrumble*
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This is done on a Windows machine but possibly the method will work on your Mac.

https://www.screencast.com/t/TkzYCQ2Q

Dubie

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Sweet!
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Hi,

Thanks for bringing this up! We can look into adding this on the mac side as well.
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That would be _excellent_! Thanks!