How to put a border around a non-rectangular selection (shift+click selection)

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When I shift+drag to get a non-rectangular selection, I want to be able to then click "border" and get a border around the selection. In SnagIt 12, this worked, but in 13, the "border" I get is borders around the two rectangles I combined to make the selection.

I'm attaching an image of the problem. What I wanted was just the outside border, not a border where the selections overlap.

 Anyone have a solution (other than downgrading back to 12)? Thanks!

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effolsom

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Posted 2 years ago

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Rick Stone

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Use the Shape tool and configure as a polygon?



Cheers... Rick :)
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JL1

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What a kludge, when there used to be a better solution!
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Thanks for the tip, Rick. The tricky part is that I'm trying to use the highlight and magnify first, then use the same selection to put a border around the part that is highlighted. So it would be a major pain to manually try to get the edges lined up. 

I'll play around with it, though. Maybe if I cut out my selection and pasted it back in place to give it edges to snap to...
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Hello,
I am trying to understand how this may have worked before...

So, right now, your process is"
  1.  Have a flattened canvas where you draw a selection on it. Like a rectangle.
  2. Press SHIFT and then drag that selection out to make its own object.
  3. While the new rectangle is still selected, you use the Border tool to apply a border and it is applied all the way around the object.
What I am not clear on at this point is what you do to get the second rectangle and how the corners of the border would NOT be applied.

Can you just elaborate a bit more on what you are doing and how you say it worked before to give you the look you needed.

Thanks!
Kelly
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Hi Kelly,

It sounds like you're thinking of a radically different process from what I'm doing. My process:

1. Start with flat screenshot. No objects.
2. Click selection tool. 
3. Draw rectangle around some of what I want to enclose with my selection.
4. Let go of mouse button.
5. Press shift.
6. While holding shift, draw another rectangle with the selection tool. The second rectangle overlaps the first one. 
Result: the selection on the screen is a non-rectangular polygon (the red in my image, without the box in the middle).
7. Click the border tool.
Desired (SnagIt 12) behavior: I get a border that matches the selection. That is, the border is only around the outside of the area I want to highlight.
Actual behavior: I get two overlapping borders--one for each of the rectangles I drew to make the selection.

Does that clarify?

Thanks,

Eva
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Rick Stone

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Actually, if this worked for you in version 12, it was an earlier release than what I still have loaded. A brief while ago I clobbered my 13 and opened 12 to test. And the version 12 I have installed behaves identically to the way 13 does.

So if it behaved differently, it must have been one of the point releases that changed things. ;)

Cheers... Rick :)
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I must have misremembered. I dug up the old manual that I thought had the non-rectangular selection border and I see the same problem--I just worked around it using multiple screenshots with two different screenshots. I suppose I'll keep doing that!

Thanks for the information. I feel a lot better knowing that I didn't lose helpful behavior with the upgrade.
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This may have been introduced with some changes in the 13.1.0 release. I recorded this as a bug in our tracking system.
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Rick Grunwald

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Thanks for being so responsive so quickly.
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Rick Stone

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Based on my test yesterday, if it's a bug, it existed in the last point release of 12. ;)
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David Howell, Employee

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I stand corrected. The way the border effect is applied to combined selections like this worked that way in Snagit 12.0.0, 12.4.1, and 13.0.3 (from my testing). Having it smartly apply the border to only the very outside would be a feature request and is not a bug.
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effolsom

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Lol. I work at a software company, too. It's funny how "make this feature behave logically" is always a feature request! :D