Request: Color Replacement to add Transparent Option

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When doing a color replacement there is no option to swap a color for transparent.

Any chance we could get this added?

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Got my vote!

Do you have a workaround you are using?

Cheers... Rick :)
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Yes please add - I find this extremely frustrating 
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If you have SnagIt 13 you can use the magic wand in most cases.

It's a matter of getting the tolerance setting correct. You just set the magic wand tool to fill with transparent.Make a selection and delete.



It's not perfect but either is color replacement if I remember correctly.

Here is another image.I selected the inside of the headphones first.Then,if you hold the shift key down,you get a + key next to the wand icon. Hit left mouse again to add to the selection.




Then hit delete.



Tolerances set to 4 or lower is all that's required for solid colors, variable colors are a different story and  lead to limited success but play around and you will get a hang of the magic wand.

Regards,Joe 
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tried this - last week - very difficult - much easier to import file into photoshop(an old version  - on  another older computer)
- so the question still remains - why can I not replace the background color of an image -  I can replace it with any other color and it works fine in Snagit - but not with transparent -  - like I wanted to take white to transparent not to blue 
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Using PhotoShop can be rather daunting.

One way to work past this will be to do the color replacement to substitute an odd color such as hot pink. Then use the fill tool to just fill hot pink with transparent.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I tried that originally first - did not work - BUT I did not make it a weird bright color - I just tried it again - with doing that and to my astonishment it worked - thanks - please explain?
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Photoshop really isn't that daunting. It's like any piece of software,you've got to work with it a while to become proficient.

I fail to see how color replacement is any better than the magic wand tool. I should have mentioned that you can select
"Global Color Selection" That will select the color range across the entire image simultaneously. No need to hold shift and select other regions
"Non-Contiguous in Photoshop terms"

So I used color replacement to apply hot pink to this image. Plus color replacement forced me to replace the black color of the headset in the center of the image. Which I probably wouldn't want to happen if this were being done for reasons other than an example in this forum.
Yes,color replacement works well.Hot pink was being discussed earlier.


So I used the Magic Wand to remove color with the "Global Color Selection" un-checked just so the headphones would be left in tack.

I placed the same pink colored background behind it.
Neither image is perfect or will they ever be.Artifacts in images make perfect selections nearly impossible.Especially when selections are made around things like Text and small detailed images and Icons.
 I say the magic wand image is every bit as good looking as the color replacement image.



It's all about getting the tolerance correct.Same things goes with color replacement.

But this question is about replacing color with transparency, The magic wand can be a one step process. It takes some practice getting used to.

Regards,Joe
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Gets my vote.  Yes you can use the magic wand but why not also add the transparent option to the colour replacement tool.  It's just another target "colour"
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I agree, it should have that as an option.

 I'm just pointing out that the feature already exists if you use the magic wand.

Technically, the magic wand is better because you can target  all or part of an image.

As far as I know. The color picker doesn't let you do that.

 Regards,Joe

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