Snagit: Torn Edge + Blur

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A colleague uses Snagit's Torn Edge feature a lot.  At times he has to blur a section of the capture -- on the torn edge side.  However, that either also blurs the torn edge, or does not look good.

Example with some of the to-be-blurred content still showing.



Example with the torn edge blurred:


Is there a better way to do this?

Snagit 12, WIndows 10.
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Anton Hein

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Josh Holnagel, Employee

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Hi Anton,

There is a better way. :)

1. Apply the blur to the capture.
2. Right-click on the image and choose "Flatten All"
3. Apply the edge effect.

That should look a little nicer. Please note that flattening the image makes it so that the blur is no longer adjustable, though.

Hope that helps,
-Josh
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Works as advertised.  Great!  Thanks!
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi Anton,
Josh had it completely right with the blur needing to be flattened first.

I also had a couple of thoughts on the look of the image overall:

As to the use of the blur, it seems the information being blurred might just as well be removed to clean up the image a bit. Perhaps using a white square shape to just eliminate/cover up ads on the page might be a better look overall?

Also, the size of the torn edge and the shadow could maybe be made a bit smaller to be less noticeable?

Once you create a white shape to use for cover-ups, you can save that to the Quick Styles to save it for use later. Same with the Edge Effect - adjust it once and then save it to Quick Styles to use later.

Here is a comparison of yours with ones I made - with the blur and without:




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Anton Hein

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Apologies for this late reply.  Yes, that solution works as well.  My colleague is now using both approaches.  

Thanks!