Please add capability for circular (or oval) fade/vignette edge style for SnagIt.

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Currently the only fade edge feature is from one or more of the four edges.  Often this results in an evident straight line cut-off.  It would be helpful to have a way to fade from the corners  as well. This will allow a vignette capability and help eliminate the evident fade cut-off.
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Sounds like a good idea. Let us see what Techsmith has to say about it.

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It would be nice to have a vignette effect as a option.

The best way I have found to simulate the effect is to use the Oval Selection tool and drag out a selection on your capture.



Then with your selection active (the marching ants moving) go into the effects and use the "Fade" Edges Effect applied to all four sides and then play with the size.



Set the Border and Shadow to "0"

It's the best method I can find to simulate the effect in Snagit at this time.

I have the canvas color as a black here.



Not the best and I would probably do this in another program but it's the best we got in Snagit.

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Thank you, Dubie!
I tried your idea of using the oval selection, then applying the four-sided fade; however, if using the same fade size values, the result I received was exactly the same as applying the standard four-sided fade (without first applying the oval selection).

The closest I could come to minimizing the rectangular appearance to the fade result was by:
1. applying the initial fade, then
2. selecting the subject and rotating it 45 degrees (changes the corners to now be the sides),
3. applying additional fade layer(s) to minimize the rectangular appearance, then
4. rotating my subject back to normal.

This takes quite a bit of trial and error, especially when the subject area is elongated in one direction or the other (oval), but it did help.  The circular or oval fade feature would be truly helpful.

Does anyone know how the fade size is actually applied? Or if there is a way to adjust the "hardness" of the fade?  I have tried extending my canvas so that I could apply a more diffused fade that would leave my subject vivid, but the results don't seem to change much.

Thanks!




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Well I can only guess you are missing a step or something.

In my post above there is no harsh edge on the last image.

Now if you are trying to end up with a oval image when done than you have to do a couple of more steps.

The "hardness" as you ask can only be controlled by the size of the fade you apply.
Make sure you set a Zero Boarder and Shadow !!


I'll run through it again and maybe this will help.

My starting image



I make a selection with the oval around what is my main focus area.



I apply the Edge Fade effect to ALL four sides and in this example I have the size at "81"
Zero boarder and shadow.

I click "Apply"



My canvas color is set to white this time.



Now if I don't want a square image as my final I make another oval selection and then Right-Click in the selection and click "Copy" and paste it to where you need it.



For example I will just create a New Image File>>New with a black canvas and "Paste" the copy to it.



I don't see a hard edge anywhere.

To get the area you want to be crisp or be in focus you have to play with the oval selection placement and the edge fade size.

Hope that explains it a little more.

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That works

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Thanks, Dubie!

I appreciate your resending with another example.  I believe this option will work for me. 

Joe, your sample was helpful as well!
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There is artifacts left behind with the edge effect.I've been playing around with this.

  It's best depicted if you paste a white image over a black one. Flatten it and apply the edge effect. You can see the hard square edges.

 

I noticed them in the skin of this model when I applied a white canvas/vignette to her. It discolored her skin and made a square edge.



Overall, the effect works pretty good. But an actual feature would still be better.
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I totally agree that a actual vignette effect would be better and I voted for this for what good it will do but hey...

I don't do vignettes to often and as I stated in my first post, I myself would more than likely take my screengrab into Photoshop and do this because I would want the best result I could get but depending on the image you are applying the effect to ( which makes a difference) Snagit does ok.


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Joe, the artifact edges you noticed are the edges I was referencing.  Thank you for looking into this further.

I was basically attempting to eliminate these "edges" when applying the Fade feature. 
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I understand why vignette is appealing, but isn't this more in the realm of photo editing software, which SnagIt is not?
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True
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It probably does fall more into the realm of photo editing software.

However, Photos and Camtasia go hand in hand in creating videos.Instructional or otherwise.

I've created a lot of image laden videos myself.In some cases, I've added vignettes to the images with Photoshop.

I think SnagIt supporting Camtasia in this department could be a good thing for both platforms.
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I agree. In addition, often the fade is to transparent for use as overlays of backgrounds in projected presentations where the "edges" that you pointed out can become more obvious.
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Here's an approach  jbogue01,

if you google  "PNG Vignette". Theres a ton of them.

Just save a few and adjust there size and opacity to taste.


It's not as good as a feature, but it will work.

Regards,Joe

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Thanks, Joe!

This is helpful.