Need help with a screenshot where I want to highlight an area and dim the rest

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I am trying to do something which is so simple in my head but is proving difficult / tedious to do.

I have a large screenshot of a wide screen monitor.  I want to highlight the focal point on the screen by dimming everything around it.  So I selected the area I want to highlight, inverted the selection so that the area to be dimmed was selected.  And then.....

I tried doing a fill colour and that seemed to work except that plain white boxes in the image burned right through.

There must be an easy way to do this.  What am I missing, please?  I just want to apply a semi-transparent grey layer to the selected area.
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Hi there
I do this quite regularly. To do it, I use the Effects panel, Spotlight and Magnify effect.

Basically you select the area to call attention to, then open the Effects panel, choose the effect and adjust to taste.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Magic.

1. Select Area to focus on
2. Invert Selection
3. Effects > Spotlight and magnify - Dim

Perfect.  Just what I need.

Thanks, Rick, I knew there had to be a way

Paul

Now, all I want is a way to have that happen when I select an area. :)
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You may also find the article I created several years back to be of help.

http://www.robowizard.com/RoboWizard/index.htm#t=MonthlyScry%2F112006.htm

Cheers... Rick :)
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Windows XP.  We thought it was the bees knees at the time....:)
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How can I do it on the Mac version?