Rounded Corner Effect

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I don't know whether this would be an edge or border effect but please can we have the ability to add a rounded corner (with an adjustable tolerance) to a capture?






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Paul

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Kyle Stenson

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I definitely want this. I submitted something very similar, with a few additional requests: https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/capturing-rounded-corners-and-other-irregular-shapes
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Paul

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I'm with you Kyle, but there has been so little support from others that, TBH, it's never going to happen.  Which is a shame, because hard rectangular boxes look so 1980's
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You're probably right. I'm just in denial that they're in denial
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Rick Stone

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I'm not sure I'd personally go so far as to claim they are in denial.

Sure, as users, we look at something and say it should work vastly differently than it seems to. But we get to live in that simplistic world where we just imagine and it's done. Kind of like my wife when she mentions that the electrical outlet on the back counter would seem to be misplaced and it would work so much more efficiently if I could just move it to the other end. And in my own mind I know it's impossible to do without ripping out the sheet rock, drilling holes through the intermediate studs, wiring it all up and then installing new sheet rock and finally mudding and sanding and painting it all.

So perhaps this is just one of those features that takes a lot more work to change than we realize. Or, perhaps there is some grander plan at play where they are in the process of totally revamping how shapes work overall and what is being asked for will actually appear, but they aren't at liberty to discuss it externally.

Only TechSmith knows for sure, eh? 

Merry HannuChristmaKwanzaaYulimas! Rick :)
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I think it would be fairly easy to implement. Considering the fact that all image editing software is really Photoshop under the hood. Oh sure it’s changed to a degree that the company cannot be sued for copyright infringement. Some manufacturers do a better job at making their tools function almost as well as Photoshop than others. But they’re all using the same toolset and following Photoshop’s lead. Their tools don’t seem to outperform Photoshop’s, which should tell you plenty if you think about it. That being said.

Photoshop doesn’t have a rectangular selection tool with rounded corners. So to think TechSmith is going to reinvent the wheel and create one is unrealistic at best.

Photoshop can modify a rectangular selection to smooth the corners by X amount of pixels. This feature has been around forever, or at least dating back as long as I’ve been using Photoshop which is quite some time. It’s a little clunky because you’re guessing at how many pixels of radius you want to apply. And you can only modify it by applying it again with a ± value till you get to where you want to be. But it’s a technique that could work. I would think it could be easily adopted by TechSmith.

In the image below I’m applying a rectangular selection and applying 35 pixels of smoothing.



Once you applied that, you simply invert the selection. Delete the rest of the image and apply cropping. Obviously I didn’t apply the cropping in my image.



I got a kick out of this crudely done video because it gets right to the point and covers all the bases. This is a much better way to make rounded corner selections in Photoshop.

 However this technique will never work in SnagIt the way it’s currently constructed. The problem being, SnagIt won’t let you make a selection of a shape unless it’s flattened. So at that point the magic wand is useless. Which is the only tool that can make these type of selections and utilize the procedure shown in the video below. I know this because I tried to make it work. I decided not to upload the screenshots because it’s nothing more than screenshots of a failed procedure.



Crude and clunky or not, there is a path forward for this effect that should be relatively easy to implement. In my opinion. I rest my case.{:>)

Regards, Joe




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