Preview the revised image size caused by a proposed cutout

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I regularly use cut outs to remove unwanted intermediate height  / width or both from images that I want to conform to a particular size but don't want to resize the overall image and reduce elements.  I need those to be 1:1

I would like to see a preview counter when selecting the cutout area that indicates what the revised image height / width will be when the cutout is confirmed 
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I see the merits of what you request. However, in this case.  It seems like a bridge to far.

This is not a proper comparison. Photoshop doesn’t possess functionality like the cut out tool. If it did. It would probably do exactly as you request. At the very least, it would tell you how many pixels you selected. Just like the other selection tools, crop, etc.

 If SnagIt let you know how many pixels you were selecting. And, you were working with captures of the same size. You could make a chart with cutout values to choose from.

As is, the cut out tool is a minimum functionality tool. You can’t refine a selection. You make a cut, hope it’s correct. If not, Undo and start over.

Not trying to come off as negative here. By comparison, what you’ve requested. Is a newer & world class cut out tool.

Yet, there’s 100’s of people requesting much simpler things.

 Like the return of SnagIt notes. 114 votes. Official Response. Forget It, “Not Planned”.

SnagIt notes is a feature that works in previous versions of SnagIt on Windows 10 machines. So it’s not like the feature needs a lot of work to function.

Easy way to draw curved lines and arrows. 467 votes “Under Consideration”

I could post more examples. But here’s the real obstacle.

Daniel Foster, Snagit strategy lead

Hi Rick - Our primary focus is on technical communication and technology training use cases. We've been sharing that focus as we have the opportunity. See, for example, my intro to the Snagit 2018 reveal. That's why we're intent on solving problems germane to technical communication, such as the difficulty in keeping screenshots up to date as the tech is constantly changing (hence Smart Move / Text Replace).

We want Snagit to be the tool that makes it easy for people who understand a technology or interface to visually explain and document it for people who don’t. Capabilities that further that goal are higher up the priority list than those that would take us in a different direction.

Now, if you can demonstrate how the current cut out tool is hampering the workflow for this demographic of people, you might have a shot at improving it. If not, well, I think you know what that means.

 I’ll vote yes to show my support.


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Thanks Joe

You're right that the cutout tool is minimalist and a means of adjusting the cutout would be great and I'd vote for that.

The thing is though, i am so accustomed to undoing and starting over that it's become second nature.  A pixel counter would be invaluable though, and would save me doing many repeat operations to get to the size I need

As for the demographic, that's me.  That's exactly what I use SnagIt for.

I am currently writing an article on the poor compliance of many websites with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) for which I need to create galleries of best and worst practice.  I am placing these into a slider and they all need to be the exact same height but display their content in 1:1.  That's why I need to be able to see the size of the final image with cutout before I release the mouse button. 
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I've been trying to think of a solution that could help you. I'd hoped there was a trick to invert a crop in Photoshop.No one in the forum has figured that out.So I'm thinking NO.

However, there's a utility called ImageOverlayUtility. I rarely use it but it lets you overlay png images on your screen.
That includes programs like SnagIt. You can click through the images. So you could overlay a grid in SnagIt. And use the cut out tool with a grid as a guide.

It's a highly versatile tool. You control the opacity of the overlay, Scale, you can rotate it.Not that you would need to.And it does a whole host of things you probably have no use for.
Odds are, you would want to create your own custom grid in Photoshop, if a grid was the way to go. Heres a link to a 8000 x 4000 grid I turned magenta for the image above.Somebody or you might want it.

The better approach might be this. It you know how many pixels you typically remove. I'm using 100 as an example.You create in SnagIt "In this example" a 1920 x 100 and a 100 x 1080 black png image.

Open 2 instances of ImageOverlayUtility. "You must enable it by unchecking {Allow only one instance of the application} in preferences. It's highlighted in the image above.

I played around with this. If you have click through disabled. You can move these overlays around at will.You won't be able to get to the image underneath. But you can move the image around as a preview, see what your going to cut out before you actually do.

Here's what kind of neat, With the cut out tool selected. As soon as you hover over the over-layed image, you can move it. Once you move away from the image, the cut out tool is active again.

So, you butt up to the edge of the image with the cut out tool, drag through the image, Cut/Done. Precision cut.

In this image I'm butted up to the bottom of the image with cut out tool. After a couple of practice cuts. It's easy. The ImageOvelayWindows  windows minimize to the taskbar normally. I just brought them onscreen for demonstration purposes.


The utility is no longer available online. It was free for years, then for sale for $5 for a while and disappeared altogether. There have been other's over the years but they all seem to vanish.
I always thought this one was the  most versatile.
You can download it here.

You don't have to install anything.It runs all by itself.
However, your computer will think it's a virus and quarantine it. You need to make an exception in your  Anti Virus program to let it run or it will probably get deleted the second you try to run it. It's been like this for years.

Or not, It's an option anyway.

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Wow, what can i say?  Thanks for going to so much effort.  I really appreciate it.

I'll set some time aside to try it out.  I think the Achilles' Heel may be that fact the amount of cutout is always variable.

And, please take this the right way, this is an incredible amount of effort when all SnagIt needs is a image size counter, it's just simple arithmetic.
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I think the Achilles' Heel may be that fact the amount of cutout is always variable.

Yeah, I was afraid of that. A grid of the right dimensions and spacing might be the best option.If at all.

A lot of people have requested a grid in SnagIt. Things of this nature.This is one way to get there.

I enjoy problem solving. Your problem seemed like a particularly simple one with no easy resolution. That's what disturbed me so much.

Waiting for a resolution in SnagIt, well.
It's like betting the farm on the Detroit Lions to win the Super Bowl .
They've never even come close. I think there's an ancient  voodoo curse or something looming over them. I'm from Detroit, they made the playoffs by accident a few times. Got pummeled for their efforts.

I can envision what you are looking for as a something a lot of people would like. A fully functional cut out tool that tells you the size of the image "After" cutting.