Snagit needs a perspective tool.

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  I take photos of my class notes and because of the angle the photos all are skewed.  It would be nice to have a quick way of adjusting the perspective of my objects.
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Rick Stone

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I'd stuff the ballot for this one if I could!

Perspective tool would be awesome!
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Snagit Mac has a perspective effect, does Windows not have that?
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Well, it kinda does. It has a perspective "EFFECT". Why I voted for this is really voting for perhaps a change in how it behaves.

The Perspective Effect applies perspective to the entire image. What really needs to happen is to give us a tool that allows us to select perhaps another image that has been dragged on top of the existing image, then use a perspective tool that would allow us to grab corners to drag (and warp) the image into a specific configuration. I know that Photoshop offers this. And true, SnagIt isn't Photoshop nor should it be. But I could see that tool as a very helpful thing to offer!

 

Cheers... Rick :)
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I agree it would be a great function to have in Snagit, but this is a problem many people correct at the "source"

There is a mobile app called Microsoft Office Lens that will take a picture and do the perspective automatically. 

It's a free app with 16,000 people giving it 4.5 stars.

Have a look and see if that addresses your need.

- Jack
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Hmmm, just did a Google search and it seems that lens is an app for smart phones that seems to make them become document scanners?
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I think that's one use for it - I've used it at conferences when taking pictures of the screen - unless you're sitting right in the middle, those pictures are always skewed.

Using Office Lens, I could snap a picture of a slide, lens would fix the perspective, AND remove the stuff outside the boundaries of the slide on the screen (like the curtains on either side of the stage). On Iphone, I'd just save to the Photo's app, then I could quickly switch to twitter and post the image along with an update of what was being taught.

I first learned of the app sitting next to someone in a session while watching their twitter feed - the slides were all perfect, and I thought she'd gotten the deck ahead of time.  She said "Nope Office Lens"
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Nice app Jack,

I don't know if I used it correctly, And I don't really need it but it seem to work pretty good.

I shot a test image at a fairly extreme angle.  Both images are inside the App itself on my desktop.

BEFORE



AFTER
Microsoft wanted me to sign into my Microsoft account to save the image. I didn't want to do that.

It had a hard time separating the shaded area at the bottom of the book and the shaded wall. But that's to be expected with low contrast and auto selection tools. 

I don't see how you can go wrong for free.

Regards,Joe 

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I've had office lens on my phone for a while and would hate to be without it.

Best document scanner I have ever used and I tried many.

:)
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Thanks  for the the tip about Microsoft Lens.
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I'm not sure if this is what the OP was trying to achieve, but I would really like to be able to apply perspective onto one element of my image so that I could then put it on top of an angled image of a computer monitor, so that it looks as if my image is on that screen. Would Microsoft Lens do that?
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Microsoft Lens will crop out an area of an image.

 It will attempt to arrange the available pixels into a Rectangular shape that look like the original image without distortion.
 

The quality of the completed conversion.
Depends on the quality of the image, and the level of perspective change.


You just save the image in Lens.
 Paste it over your other image in SnagIt or any photo editing software of you choosing.

Regards,Joe
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Hmm, what I'm trying to do is the opposite - take a 'straight on' image, and distort it so that it fits within a non-straight frame, for example the screen or the artwork in your first image.
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Okay, that's easy. You can do it all in SnagtIt.

Use the  Selection tool, chose the Polygonal tool. Click all 4 corners of the object you want to cut out. The selection will be a closed selection and complete selection if the last click meets the first click.
Then you right click and select "Invert Selection" Hit Delete and the background will become Transparent around it,
If it becomes white or another color, the canvas is not transparent.You need to change the canvas color to transparent.


The quality of the cut out is dependent on the resolution of the image and the angle of the cut.
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Joe, I think what is desired is to take a rectangular image, then distort it so perhaps one could overlay that picture in your larger image with a new picture. I'm not sure, but I think Photoshop may refer to this as "warp"? 

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Yes, what Rick said :)
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FWIW, I love the way Photoshop does this too. You just grab each of the corner sizing handles, then drag the dot to the corner and all the pixels are just stretched or whatever so the image retains its perspective. I did this for the image below that I used for a poster frame:

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Christopher, you can kind of get there in SnagIt using the Perspective effect.



What would be way cool is if SnagIt offered sizing handles to adjust the edges so we could adjust it visually instead of just guessing using the sliders or typing values.



Cheers... Rick :)
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Yeah , I misunderstood.

When someone says the opposite of what you just did.I take it literately.
Oh well.

I use Photoshop's Perspective tools all the time. You have a whole host to chose from for different situations.
Perspective
Skew
Warp
Distort
Perspective Warp
Puppet Warp   
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Yeah , I misunderstood.

When someone says the opposite of what you just did.I take it literately.
Oh well.

I use Photoshop's Perspective tools all the time. You have a whole host to chose from for different situations.
Perspective
Skew
Warp
Distort
Perspective Warp
Puppet Warp   
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Well, I looked around.

Gimp https://www.gimp.org/

Is the only "Free" image editing software I could find that offers that level of image manipulation.
I've used it and I don't care for it much myself.
The UI is a bit of a hot mess if you ask me.It's confusing and scattered about.

The tools work and the apps free.You tube has a lot of tutorials.So it's an option worth considering.

Regards,Joe
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Rick, the problem is that I can't figure out how to only apply perspective to one part of the photo so that I can have the 'screen' and my photo on the same project in order to line them up correctly.
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...or I can do it in 10 seconds in GIMP as Joe says :D
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As you have seen, the Perspective effect affects the entire image. So what you do is to take the image you want to apply the perspective to, and apply it to that image.  Then once you have the perspective correct on that separate image, superimpose it on the second image.

If it doesn't look right, you tweak the modified image further and repeat the process.

If you are using SnagIt, this will likely be fraught with frustration and you will burn a lot of time with trial and error until it looks right.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I think For for beginner as me with Perspective tool in Photoshop and because of the complicity of this tool in Snagit ,We can share the last shape doing by Joe (really add to me more information to say thanks) to Camtasia so that we can get rectangular shape by rotating the shape @Y-axis and group this shape with added two Callout layers (in top and bottom)  and then export this shape with some else distortion as a frame to any path
Regards
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Adding a perspective crop tool to Snagit would be really useful. It would save me time and effort to save the capture (or JPG/PNG etc) and use Photoshop to do it, save and reopen in Snagit. An indispensable tool for editing and adjusting images from scans and photos. We dont always have the option to use MS Lens, or Adobe Reader Scanner to preselect at the time of capture. Really most useful in fine tuning images for documents and presentations.