Super Long Screenshot--How Would You Edit This?

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Hi all. I am currently on SnagIt 2019 and used it to capture a very long scrolling screenshot. The image size is 13.18 x 56.27in. The intended target or output type is PDF. Clearly an image that is 13.18 x 56.27in is going to be problematic on a page that is 8 1/2 x 11in.

Since this is a screenshot of one page out of hundreds in my company's software product, it's important to show the tab and subordinate tab at the top of the page. However, this is for a new functionality guide, and as luck would have it, the part that changed (a new field) is at the bottom of the image (of course!). The actual page in the software is even longer, but I cropped the screenshot so that it shows everything from the top of the page to the end of the section with the new field, and then I used the torn edge border at the bottom, with the heading from the next section showing, in hopes that it would indicate that in everyday use, the actual page continues past that section shown in the screenshot.

Here is the screenshot. There's more blah, blah, blah after the picture, so keep scrolling...  =)



In the little technical writer's fantasy world in my head, I would be able to manipulate the screenshot so that it looks like a folded piece of paper or a folded piece of fabric, to indicate that the reader can ignore all the stuff in the middle and only needs to focus on the top and bottom parts of the screenshot in order to put it all together.

Since I can't do that, I did fiddle around a little bit with the Cut Out feature, but I can't figure out anything that pleases me. The image becomes so small once I put it into a document that it's almost ridiculous to even include it at all.

I'm hoping there is at least one Cleverchops out there who has some cool ideas to share here so I can learn new SnagIt tricks!

Thank you!  =)

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I took your image and copied two sections from it and modified the bottom edge of the top section and the top edge of the bottom section and pasted both into a new image. The result is below.



Is this the effect you are trying for?
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Thanks for the reply David.

That's what I did with the image too, when I was fiddling around with the Cut Out feature in SnagIt. It's not exactly what I'm looking for. I want something that visually says "ignore all of this stuff in the middle" and when I did that myself my first thought was that my readers will look at that and just ask, "Why is that picture torn in half?"

A feature that makes it look like fabric or paper folded over in the middle would be cool, but I don't see anything like that in SnagIt.

Thanks again for the reply! I really appreciate it!
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WhAt about cropping out a good portion of the middle, then combining in a fashion similar to what David suggested. But offset it just a tad, then draw some lines that give the appearance it's been folded?


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Good clean and simple design Rick.

@MLT

If Rick's method would be something that you would use and you need to repeat the operation multiple times, you could create a template to save time.


Dubie:)

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Nice job with the template!
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You guys gonna copyright that template, or do we expect to see it in SnagIt's next release??
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LOL, you are the one sporting the wizard hat. Put that crystal ball to use and tell us muggles whether it will happen! ;)
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I'd submit that one for inclusion, along with the fact that TechSmith could leverage it to show what a great thing templates are, given what a little creativity can produce. And, of course, giving full credit to its creators.
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Wow! Y'all are absolutely brilliant!

@davidlambert -- Please forgive me if I sounded ungrateful when I originally replied to your post. I neglected to mention that I already do use that torn edge feature, and have been doing so for several years now, so my reader audience is used to that meaning that it's the end of what they need to look at. And it just seemed to me that given any possible assumptions my readers might have, I should try to do something different. Your idea did inspire me, however, to try something different, and I will post a picture of what I ended up doing after I finish thanking all of you generous benefactors. =) Thank you for that inspiration! =)

@Rick Stone and @Dubie, thank you both! The fold is pretty cool! And using a template is a clever idea, too. I wish that I would have read these posts before I finished the screen shot, however I might be able to use that idea in the future, so nothing is lost! =)

Here is what I ended up doing (my QA team thought that the two wavy strips conveyed the message of "stuff is cut out from here" well enough, so I just went with it):



Thanks again for all of your help! I really appreciate it! =)
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As it is your readers that you are aiming to please, perhaps do a side by side comparison and poll them for what seems a better "fit"?
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My department just got moved under the umbrella of "Customer Care" and I have a new boss, so I think I'll ask him about doing just that! Thanks for the idea! =)
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That looks pretty good as is {:>)

The offset page looks fancy/nice . I'm not knocking it.

However, It wastes horizontal real estate in the name of aesthetics. 

In a professional setting, content matters the most. 
Most people researching information are there for the information. Not a pretty document. 

I doubt management will embrace pretty over practical/efficent. 

for what its worth
Regards,Joe 

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Joe--I'm really tired today and not tracking what you're saying. Which one looks pretty good as is? And which one wastes horizontal real estate?
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I thought your mock up looked pretty good as is.
It's a quick simple edit. 
It seems to get the point across.


The folded page template looks great. I don't have a problem with the looks of it.

It doesn't resemble any professional documentation I've ever come across.


The horizontal wasted space?About 5% has to be lopped of the right side of the document.If the information appearing in that part of the image  is never needed.
No big deal.
If it is, you would probably have to re-scale the image to fit.
Text would become softer, it wouldn't match the scale of previous pages.
Integrating  it seamlessly with other documents down the road. Could be problematic.

I think it would look better hanging on a wall. Or presented in a PowerPoint styled presentation.

Just my opinion, and you know what they say about opinions. LOL
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Joe--Thanks for the explanation, I appreciate it! Made perfect sense once I read this second entry. =)