Is it possible to select multiple selections or invert a selection in snagit?

  • 4
  • Question
  • Updated 3 years ago
  • Answered
On occaision (not very often though) I have found the need to blur most of a page out and perhaps only retain 1 or 2 pieces of information. At the moment I am doing this section by section is there an easier way to do this?
Photo of Nik Hubbard

Nik Hubbard

  • 2 Posts
  • 2 Reply Likes

Posted 7 years ago

  • 4
Photo of Nik Hubbard

Nik Hubbard

  • 2 Posts
  • 2 Reply Likes
Okay figured out the multiple selection (just hold down the shift key) would still like to be able to invert the selection though.
Photo of Nils Lande

Nils Lande

  • 2 Posts
  • 3 Reply Likes
'Invert Selection' is a 'must have' function for me. I use it to blur sections of an image that are not rellevant or that I do not want to reveal for privacy reasons (my privacy or other peoples privacy) .
I use Paint.NET for inverting selections as long as it is not available in Snagit.
Photo of Simon Wood

Simon Wood

  • 1 Post
  • 0 Reply Likes
Invert Selection is a 'must have' feature.  Other workarounds that are mentioned only fit certain scenarios.  I'm currently in desperate need of the invert selection feature too.
Photo of Rick Stone

Rick Stone

  • 5496 Posts
  • 2587 Reply Likes
For me, the simple approach would involve selecting the area you wish to keep visible and copying to the clipboard. Blur the entire image, then paste the pristine copy back in.

Cheers... Rick :)
Photo of Nils Lande

Nils Lande

  • 2 Posts
  • 3 Reply Likes
Thank you for the suggestion, but that does not work. I tried it, but when I paste the copied areas back in, they do not end up in the same position.

In Paint.NET I can do multiple selections (Ctrl-key). I can then invert the selection and blur the result which gives me the result I am after. 
(Edited)
Photo of Austin Gregory

Austin Gregory

  • 8 Posts
  • 5 Reply Likes
Hi Nik,

As it turns out, there is a way to do this in Snagit using the Spotlight & Magnify option under the Image tab. All you need to do is make a selection (or multiple selections by holding down the Shift key) in your image, switch to the Image tab and select Spotlight & Magnify. Please refer to this video for an example: http://screencast.com/t/FsuvRghk8

I hope this helps!
Photo of Michael Davis

Michael Davis

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
This doesn't seem to be available in the mac version...
Is there a timeline for when this feature will be added?
(Edited)
Photo of 3pakx7

3pakx7

  • 1 Post
  • 0 Reply Likes
Brilliant - thank you! 
Photo of jramiller1

jramiller1

  • 1 Post
  • 3 Reply Likes
I will say though, that "Invert Selection" is a basic command that has been in the photo editing software I have used going all the way back to the 1990's. It is a glaring hole in Snagit's command set. I have been using other editors when I need that function. I shouldn't have to.

The Spotlight & Magnify tool can accomplish this, but it is NOT a one click solution as the Invert Selection command is in other editors. 

On the other hand, thanks for pointing out some of the capabilities of the Spotlight & Magnify tool in your short video. I see so many possibilities in this Snagit tool that are not easily possible in my other editors.
Photo of esimons

esimons

  • 1 Post
  • 1 Reply Like
SnagIt definitely needs an Invert Selection option!  That's really my biggest gripe with it.
Photo of Bob Dole

Bob Dole

  • 4 Posts
  • 3 Reply Likes
Well, I see this feature was requested 4 years ago - probably ain't gonna happen.
Photo of Daniel Foster

Daniel Foster, Snagit strategy lead

  • 919 Posts
  • 214 Reply Likes
Never say never, Bob Dole. :) Just didn't make it into this version.