SnagIt 13 - How can you erase like you used to be able to do?

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Hi,
I upgraded to from Snagit 9 to Snagit 13 (Windows) today and I'm really unhappy with the new eraser tool. Previously, I would use the eyedropper and just erase what I need removed. The GUI I need to modify uses multiple colors so I would just use the eyedropper each time the color changed.

Unfortunately, that doesn't work for me anymore since the eraser now erases the selection to the canvas color. Normally, that's transparent so when I use the eraser tool I get the checkerboard transparent pattern. Several other threads suggest changing the canvas color ( for example, to white) but that doesn't work either. Here's what happens:
1. Set canvas color to white.
2. Use the eraser tool to erase black text on a white background. (Works fine.)
3. Use the eyedropper to erase white text on a blue background  (changing the canvas color to blue).
I can now erase the white text on blue but now there is a blue splotch over the the text I erased in Step 2. If I switch the canvas color back to white I now have a white splotch over the white-on-blue text I just erased.

Is there any way to get the eraser tool to use your color selections and not the canvas color? I've checked the online help but can't find anything helpful. I've developed a workaround by drawing a rectangle over the sections I want erased. For example, if I want to erase white-on-blue text I draw a blue rectangle over the parts I want to erase. Similarly, if I want to erase black-on-white text I draw a white rectangle.

However, that's a very clunky workaround and I feel there's got to be a better way.

Thanks in advance,
Brian

P.S.
Another option would be the blur tool but management has asked me not to use it.
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BrianB

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Rob Morrison, Employee

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We’re actively working on a solution to address problems like this.
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BrianB

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Rob,
Thank you for responding so quickly!  I'm looking forward to what you have in store.
Brian
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Tim, Snagit for Windows Software Developer

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You could try to use the Pen tool. It lets you select a color but otherwise behaves much like the eraser tool.  You need to uncheck the "create as vector" option so it draws on the background:

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BrianB

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Tim,

Sorry for the late response. (I was working on another project.) I tried your method and it worked great. Thanks!
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Karen Wyland

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Yep - that's exactly what I was looking for too!  Like that I can use the picker to match colors