Preventing Blurry Pictures: The Keys to Clear Images

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There’s nothing more frustrating than blurry pictures. While you can try tinkering in a photo editing program, or shrinking the image and crossing your fingers in hopes that no one looks too closely, the best strategy is to start with crystal clear pictures. We’ve rounded up some of the best info we have on capturing high quality images – whether it’s a photo from a camera, or a screenshot on your computer screen. How to Resize Your Image.

How to Resize an Image Correctly

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A picture is worth a thousand words, but is it sending the right message? Learn how to resize an image correctly for presentations, documents, and more. When you’re working with images or screenshots in a document, there are often selectable arrows on the sides and corners. Usually, this stretches the image out, making it look slightly blurry or pixelated. It’s usually pretty safe to scale down an image. You get into trouble when you make your image bigger.

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How to Remove the Background From a Picture

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The images all had different background colors, and I needed them to all have a uniform look. You have a logo, icon, or other images that you’re trying to design with, but you need to remove the background of the image. You may need to add your company logo to a new image or add an icon to a PowerPoint presentation. With Snagit, it only takes a few steps to quickly remove the background from your image. How to remove make a picture background transparent.

Here’s How We Share Results With Our Teams at TechSmith (and It Doesn’t Involve Another Long Email)

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Humans understand information better when it’s presented visually, which makes communicating with images and videos extremely important. A recent TechSmith study found 67% of people absorb information faster when it’s presented visually.

The Green Screen Effect – TechSmith Tips

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TechSmith Tips is a weekly series that will focus on tips in screencasting, video editing, and more. The green screen effect is a post-production technique for compositing (layering) two images or video streams together based on color hues ( chroma range). The technique has been used heavily in many fields to remove a background from the subject of a photo or video – particularly the newscasting, motion picture, and video game industries.

Why is My Video Shaky? – TechSmith Tips

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Today’s cameras (and smartphones) do their best to mitigate the rickety result with built-in optical image stabilization , which stabilizes the recorded image by adapting to the camera’s movements and making image adjustments accordingly. However, even with optical stabilization, small movements make your picture fluctuate, and are exaggerated even more any time you zoom in. – TechSmith Tips appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

Top 5 Ways to Make Astonishing Blog Pictures with Snagit

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One of the most important parts of almost any blog is images. A brilliant article full of necessary information may be treated as bad if the images are small, blurred, have poor quality or not easy to understand. Here are 5 tips to create amazing pictures for you blog with Snagit. Snagit lets you easily choose what part of the screen you want to save, thus you’ll get a great picture without any unnecessary parts. 3) Resize big pictures.

TechSmith Camtasia Studio 8: What Happened to PIP?

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I received an email from a Camtasia developer inquiring about the apparent demise of Camtasia's Picture-in-Picture (PIP) feature. As valuable as many developers viewed the PIP feature, TechSmith dealt away with it in Camtasia Studio 8. However, I never understood why we couldn't just add the image or video onto a different Camtasia Track and avoid the PIP Track. With Camtasia Studio 8, it seems that the good folks over at TechSmith agree with me.

Get the Big Picture with Panoramic Screen Capture

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Or an even worse option – send multiple chunks of the webpage as separate image files. It’s all in one convenient piece, one perfectly connected image. The post Get the Big Picture with Panoramic Screen Capture appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. The Panorama: An Ancient Tradition Now in the Digital Age. A popular term in photography, panorama refers to a wide view of a large area, spanning multiple directions.

TechSmith Brings Sense of Smell to Visual Communications

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And, a picture is worth 1000 words, a video is worth 1000x1024 words, but that's not always enough. TechSmith Labs has been hard at work on some new technology that I'm happy to announce today. TechSmith has developed a device that is able to convert smells into bits and bytes and then back again. Welcome the TechSmith Olfactory Sensory Device (OSD)! Studies show that smell plus images are more powerful than images alone. TechSmith Labs.

Chomp, chomp chomp! Welcome ScreenChomp and TechSmith Labs!

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I'm happy to share with you a new iPad app that we've been working on at TechSmith. We're also launching TechSmith Labs. TechSmith labs will be the place where we can foster innovative products and features. Import background images to annotate and narrate. Import and rotate pictures. ScreenChomp can import one image as a background before the recording starts. I'm happy to share with you a new iPad app that we've been working on at TechSmith.

Practice Proper Spoiler Etiquette With 5 New Video, Image Tools

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Right click and save the image above to share. Sharing a spoilery image? Slap something over the picture to block it from the casual observer. Download the square spoiler alert image here. Right click and save any of the images below to share – they’re great for Facebook! The post Practice Proper Spoiler Etiquette With 5 New Video, Image Tools appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. Inside TechSmith

How to Extract Text From An Image: The Definitive Guide

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Imagine there was an easy way to get text out of an image and quickly paste it into another document. The good news is that you no longer have to waste time typing everything out because there are programs that use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to analyze the letters and words in an image, and then convert them to text. There are a number of reasons why you might want to extract text from an image or PDF. How to extract text from an image.

Decorate for the Holidays: Fun with Snagit + TechSmith Fuse

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All you need is Snagit , TechSmith Fuse , and our new, festive stamp set. Before we can start making holiday wonderlands, I want to make sure you have TechSmith Fuse , our new mobile app that lets you get photos and videos from your iPhone or Android phone directly to Snagit or Camtasia. Note : You’ll need the latest version of Snagit to use TechSmith Fuse with Snagit. Happy December!

Get the Big Picture with Panoramic Screen Capture

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Or an even worse option – send multiple chunks of the webpage as separate image files. It’s all in one convenient piece, one perfectly connected image. The post Get the Big Picture with Panoramic Screen Capture appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. The Panorama: An Ancient Tradition Now in the Digital Age. A popular term in photography, panorama refers to a wide view of a large area, spanning multiple directions.

Improve Your Screenshots by Framing Your Image

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Some images have a natural border, while others require you to decide where an image begins and ends. With a Region capture, you decide where an images borders are. Consider these three images. The difference in framing changes the information each image presents. Let’s look at each image and see how the differences impact the focus of each image. This image provides context of the desktop.

Text, Images, or Video in Your Technical Communication?

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But how do you decide when to use text, images, or video for your product assistance? Is the use of images or video forbidden by law? Most regulations don’t say whether or not it is legal to use video and/or images, but using these mediums can be hard sometimes because of applicable laws which could cause problems. This makes the use of video as the primary medium quite difficult, but using images may not always be the best solution either.

5 Reasons to Blur Images at Work (When in Doubt, Blur it Out)

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This flattens the info to a static image file, completely stripping out all underlying data and removing any chance that something could be uncovered later. Instead of covering up the offending content, you can blur it out, so you don’t ruin the aesthetic of the image. It de-emphasizes the unnecessary information yet doesn’t completely obscure it – people can tell that there used to be something there and can see how it fits into the larger picture.

Understanding Image File Formats

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But, which image file formats do you need? In my role as a video editor, I deal with graphics, videos, and images on a daily basis and have learned a lot about which ones work best for specific situations. Common Image File Types. TechSmith Snagit will present you with options such as.png, jpeg,tiff,gif or.pdf. Other more advanced image editors (such as Adobe Photoshop) offer additional formats like.psd,psb,bmp,eps,raw, to name a few. Common Web Image Sizes.

All About Pixels

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4K (easy term for a resolution of 3,840x 2,160) is four times as pixel dense as 1080p, thus a much sharper picture. A higher color depth means more colors and a more realistic and well represented image. So while a higher resolution will make your picture sharper, a higher color depth will make it more vivid. Just like resolution this affects the sharpness of the digital image. The denser the pixels the sharper the image.

Camtasia Assets for Any eLearning Setting

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These are perfect for creating images that look like they came directly from a professional photo-shoot. Place your image or video in one of these frames to achieve a realistic look and feel for your graphic that gives the impression they are actually framed or being displayed through the cut-out in real life, not just pasted on top of a computer background picture. Camtasia is one of the most popular screen capture tools currently on the market.

PD with Pictures: Using Screencasting to Save your Sanity!

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This is when the TechSmith tools become a true sanity saver for me. You have to link or use static images, which can actually muddy up the appearance of a help sheet. Pictures (Not Words) in a Preso. Embedding your little moving images can send out a BIG message! Canned Responses with Helpful Images. Multiple steps or multiple points of concern can be quickly addressed so I can then create emails with embedded images to combine with Gmail’s Canned Response.

What is hi-res?

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In order to understand when a hi-res image is a must (such as for printing and enlarging), let’s go into what hi-res is in the first place. Hi-res stands for high resolution, or denser image quality. Images are made of tiny pixels (picture elements), or squares of color. You usually don’t notice individual pixels because they all blend together to form the picture that you recognize. You can see why enlarging lo-res images gives blurry results. .

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Are You Feelin’ Fuse?

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Well, a picture is worth a thousand words, as they say. Fuse makes it easy for you to capture images and video of the real world (as opposed to the virtual world, where our desktop products excel). You can then quickly and securely send your content directly into Snagit , Camtasia , or TechSmith Relay. To take a photo, simply tap the photo button to take a picture and save it to the Fuse Library. Fuse is an awesome addition to the TechSmith family of products.

DevCorner: Using Simplified User Interfaces (SUI) in Help Content

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An example of SUI (pronounced “sue-ee” by the TechSmith User Assistance team). As an instructional designer at TechSmith, my job is to create and deliver helpful content for anyone that wants to learn our software. TechSmith has committed to rapidly releasing software updates – which is great because our users get the functionality they need quickly. I should note that you don’t have to be particularly creative or a “graphics pro” to make SUI images.

How to Capture Screen Images in Under a Minute

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A screenshot, sometimes referred to as a screencap or screengrab, is an image that shows the contents of a computer display. But how can a simple picture of your screen be so vital? Afterall, a picture is worth a thousand words! How to Capture Screen Images in Under a Minute. So now that you know how screenshots can improve communication and productivity, here’s how you can capture screen images — and fast. Take quick image screenshots.

Meet Tiffany Wood, Snagit Product Manager Extraordinaire

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Don't worry, Tony Dunckel, is still with TechSmith. How have images and screenshots changed your own communication for the better? TW: I have been using Snagit for at least seven years, well before I was lucky enough to work here at TechSmith - I cannot imagine my life without it. I also enjoy adding funny callouts to pictures I send to family and friends back in Wisconsin. Don't worry, Tony Dunckel, is still with TechSmith.

10+ Gift Ideas You Need to Ask For This Year

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TechSmith is proud to present the ultimate gift guide for the video creator, audio editor, or remote worker in your life. The TechSmith team are sharing their top tech gifts, as well as their tips and ideas for communicating more successfully online. TechSmith recommends: Audiate.

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DevCorner: HighCharts – Effectively Visualizing Data

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, a well-designed chart or graph can speak volumes. On TechSmith Relay we use Highcharts chart engine for graphs. The final chart looks something like the following image, which shows what happens when hovering over different colored data points. The post DevCorner: HighCharts – Effectively Visualizing Data appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. Inside TechSmith devcorner TechSmithies

How to Screen Capture on Windows

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When it’s time to go beyond basic screenshots, TechSmith Snagit combines powerful features with an easy-to-use interface. Step 1: Select what type of image you want to capture. Then, select either All-In-One or Image to capture your screen.

How to Screen Record on Windows

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When it’s time to go beyond basic screenshots, TechSmith Snagit combines powerful features with an easy-to-use interface. Step 1: Select what type of image you want to capture. Then, select either All-In-One or Image to capture your screen.

Your #1 Opportunity to Give Customers The Help They Need with Asif Rehmani

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You need to carefully evaluate which asset, such as plain text, image, or video, will effectively communicate what the user needs to do. “If But it’s going to be very difficult to communicate that successfully using images.”. However, Asif believes that images are a powerful tool.

Snagit for Chrome and Google Classroom

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This post is part of a series around using TechSmith Snagit for Google Chrome with Google Classroom. While this post mostly focuses on attaching images and videos from Snagit to assignments in Classroom, it should also be kept in mind that they could just as easily be attached as an announcement. When you make an image capture with Snagit, that capture, along with all of your annotations, is automatically saved and synced to Google Drive.

The Tool You Need to Create Awesome Visual Instructions

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Easy to understand written or spoken instructions Relevant images or video A consistent, clear design. With images, text, and other design elements to arrange, you can spend longer on the formatting than collecting the assets or creating the instructions.

The Twill Theme Will Make Your Camtasia Content Shine

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Luckily TechSmith’s Camtasia is here to help you quickly and easily make eLearning videos that look great! Some Layouts are designed so that you can put large amounts of information on them, or even images if you wish. This is the case with the layout pictured above. Using video for eLearning is no new idea. But making nice looking videos for eLearning, that can be hard to come by.

7 Ways Screencasting Makes Work Easier

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I work on the TechSmith website. Like any website, it has numerous pages made of content chunks, images, videos, and other elements. Answering these questions via email is a bit like trying to describe a specific element of a picture to someone standing on the other side of a curtain.

Real Estate: Stay Ahead of the Game with Visuals

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Encourage your clients to picture a finished home instead of an empty house. This way, potential clients can tell how furniture will fill up the space, what fits where, and more easily picture how they’d finish the space. Image courtesy of Captial Region Multiple Listing Service, Inc. If your clients are new to an area, giving them a full picture of a neighborhood can help them make an informed decision. Image courtesy of Google Maps.

Create an Animated Title Clip Using PowerPoint & Camtasia Studio 8

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You can follow along with the technique I have shown below choosing clip art / images you like. This tutorial takes a pictorial approach to show how my title clip image was created in PowerPoint. Click the thumbnail images to see the larger version. In PowerPoint 2007 / 2010, choose Insert > Image > Clipart option to search for and choose a background image to add to a plain white slide. I searched for “butterfly” to find this picture.

5 Things You Need to Know About Camtasia 2021

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Here at TechSmith, we’ve been playing with latest edition to find out our favorite features and discover the best ways you can use them in your videos. Applying masking effects to when you’re using picture in picture (or video in video) is a great way to make your video look more professional.

Capturing your past with Technology: Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems

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This week, TechSmith will be making a showing at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, the largest family history conference in North America. Capture your finds and easily share them out as images with family members, co-researchers, and others. With other TechSmith tools, like TechSmith Fuse , even non-screen content is easy to gather, annotate and share. Again, TechSmith Fuse to the rescue!