HowTo: Selection -> Inverse Selection -> Blur/Pixelate everything but original selection

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Hi, I'm a brand new trial user of SnagIt 2020, and I really like what I'm seeing so far. I have a particular need to take screenshots, select an icon or group of icons, and then blur or pixelate everything BUT what I have selected.

Logically (to me), the steps might be to use the Selection tool to select the area, Invert the Selection (shift-cmd-i) and then select the Blur tool, configure it as desired, and apply the blur/pixelate. This would have the net effect of blurring out everything but the original area selected.  However, that doesn't seem to be possible, at least the way I'm approaching it.

Like I said, I'm brand new to the tool, and in my searches, haven't found anyone else posting about such a feature or method to accomplish this. Am I doing something wrong, or missing the proper workflow / command sequences in the tool, perhaps?

Appreciate any thoughts or suggestions. Thank you!
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This is on a Windows machine but should be the same or close for Mac.

Make your selection of what you want to be visible,  Invert selection, then go to Effects > Spotlight and Magnify.

You can then apply a blur.

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Dubie:)
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Try making a selection, then clicking the Effects tab in the lower right corner of the app. Choose Spotlight & Magnify.
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Yeah, what Dubie said! LOL
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Execpt for the part about inverting the selection. I don't believe you need to invert because it automatically applies the blur to everything that wasn't selected. At least, on my machine this is how it seems to work. ;)
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Yep your right, No need to invert the selection.
I was learnt today.

Was doing a extra step for nothing  LOL
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We all lernt from eachen other!
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Thanks @Dubie and @Rick Stone for the suggestions and speedy response time. Maybe it's a limitation of the Trial version, but my Effects panel when clicking Effects in the lower right hand corner doesn't have the Blur option. This screenshot shows everything in the list. I thought the entries might expand with Blur as a sub-option, but that doesn't appear to be how it works - clicking on any of them applies the effect (or removes it if enabled). I'll keep poking around. :) 


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Thanks for taking the extra time to include the 2nd option - I'm not sure what I'm doing incorrectly but my best guess is that my selection is not being converted to an object when I click within the selection after making it.  It's okay though, I won't waste any more of your time and I truly appreciate you and Rick taking the time to try and help me out. All the best to you!
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No worries. The best to you.
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The effect we mentioned wasn't called Blur, but Spotlight & Magnify. The ability to blur is within the Spotlight & Magnify effect. But based on the list of effects you shared, it seems that effect may not be available on Mac?

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Yes, my error there - I think I meant to say Spotlight & Magnify but focused in on the Blur option. Thanks for the clarification on that Rick, and I agree with you that it just might not be available on the Mac version - or else it's not available in Trial mode, but I'm not dropping $50 to find out the answer to that particular hypothesis :)
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Again, it could be different for Mac, I'm not sure. But the only limitation for the trial version is the time you have to use it, No functions are hidden until you pay up.

Too bad there isn't 1:1 feature parity. 
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To Pixelate the area around your selection.

Make a selection of what you want to be visible. I also have the Auto-Fill on.
Click on the selection But don't move it. Just click on it to make it a object.



Now with the Blur tool set to pixelate, Drag over the whole image to apply the pixelation
and then Right-click and Send the pixelation to the back.






Dubie:)

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