Want to set opacity / transparency of an image on Snagit for Mac

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I'm trying to bring the transparency of a 320x420 image used for a splash screen on an iOS app down to about 20% and can't find the tool or effect to be able to adjust this on an image. I can see transparency adjustments for tools and arrows and such but I want to affect a whole image. How do I do this? On the windows platform I can find it under Image/Filters but the mac doesn't have this. HELP!
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Scott G.

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I'm trying to bring the transparency of a 320x420 .png image used for a splash screen on an iOS app down to about 20% and can't find the tool or effect to be able to adjust this on an image. I can see transparency adjustments for tools and arrows and such but I want to affect a whole image. How do I do this? On the windows platform I can find it under Image/Filters but the mac doesn't have this menu. HELP!

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Transparency function on mac for an image??.
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Hi Scott,

Sorry for taking so long to respond. This is one of the features that isn't up to parity with Snagit on Windows. I recently ran into a case where this would have been useful for me too.

I'm going to change this into an idea, so other people can vote it up as a feature request.

Sorry again,
Glenn
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where can people vote on this idea? I would think that this wouldn't need voting on. It just needs to be implemented.

You guys will have features that are available in one, but not the other (mac vs windows) and then make it seem like you shouldn't incorporate the two together. image opacity is a pretty important function that just got 'left out'. any workarounds?
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Glenn Hoeppner, Employee

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Thanks for your reply 4evermat,

For the most part we are trying to incorporate Snagit Windows features into Snagit Mac. Keep in mind that Snagit Windows has been in continuous development for over a decade, and Snagit Mac has only been around for about three years.

Because it can take a lot of design, development and testing effort to incorporate these features we have to pick and choose what is going to be placed into the next product release.

So voting here helps prioritize which features we will be porting into the next release.

To answer your question, you can vote by clicking the +1 button in the original idea.

I hope this helps clear things up,
Glenn
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I voted. As a side comment, if the image isn't too big, you can import it as a stamp (in the SnagIt drop down menu). As a stamp, you can adjust the opacity

Yes, it is funny how the mac version and windows versions each have some significant things that the other does not have (mac treats all objects as vectors, and you can rotate on the fly and do other things just like any other floating object. Windows you cannot rotate or change the opacity of image vectors that are floating)
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I found a related article for Windows http://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmi... but the "Profiles" don't seem to exist in the Mac version.

The problem is if I capture a complete window, the slightly rounded edges are not captured with transparency (I guess Snagit isn't capturing a PNG). So when I use MiniShadow.app to add a small drop shadow to my screenshot, the corners are filled with grey.

Here are some examples.

Here's an OS screen capture (using command-shift-4), opened in Preview. Notice the nice corners: http://www.screencast.com/t/sPRG0bOW

Here's a Snagit screen capture, before I add a shadow, opened in Preview. You can see the dark corners, but at this point it's kinda OK: http://www.screencast.com/t/u0dRzbP9m

Here's the same Snagit screen capture, with a shadow added using MiniShadow.app, opened in Preview. You still see the dark corner, and it's icky!: http://www.screencast.com/t/dMwnQS0pY

Here's the original OS screen capture, with the big OS shadow replaced by a small shadow using MiniShadow.app. Notice how nice the corners are: http://www.screencast.com/t/RpB5pwiWsqY

So ultimately what I need is for Snagit to capture a PNG file, just leaving those transparent edges transparent! Is this possible?

thanks
-Joseph

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How do I capture OS X windows with transparency?.
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FYI while it's a crappy workaround, what you CAN do is capture the screenshot using the OS (command-shift-4, space bar to get just the window) and that will capture all transparency, then open that in Snagit to mark up and publish.

-Joseph
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Is OPACITY control available for SNAG IT for MAC? If not, is it on the 'to-do' list? 

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Seeing that my original post was over two years ago and they still haven't added it to the mac version, I would say no.

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