How to Remove the Background From a Picture

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You can make the background of an image transparent with an advanced photo editor like Photoshop , with TechSmith’s Snagit , or with a variety of other tools. How to remove make a picture background transparent. Keep in mind, Snagit is not as sophisticated as a professional editing program like Photoshop, and it may not work to delete the background from a photo or image with complex backgrounds. The other day, I was working on a presentation.

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 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. Keep your eyes on the TechSmith blog, YouTube channel (subscribe to make it easy) , Twitter , Facebook , we’ll even be posting it on LinkedIn if that’s your thing.

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Inside the walls of TechSmith: Exposing the weird!

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Do you ever wonder what it’s like inside the walls of TechSmith? Here at TechSmith , we prove that isn’t the case at all! Weird in Photos. As I scroll back thru my iPhone photos (all 1162 of them!), I realize that I snap pictures around the office quite often. Here is what I already had in the archives… At TechSmith, don't dare to have a 30th birthday. Do you think you are weird enough to work at TechSmith?

EvCon 2012 – Making TechSmith the Best It Can Be

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One of the things that we think sets TechSmith apart from other employers is its commitment to the professional development and intellectual stimulation of all employees. Each year TechSmith organizes their very own DevCon (Development Conference) which is a professional development opportunity for developers to network, improve their coding skills, learn more about different languages, and learn from each other.

Get the Big Picture with Panoramic Screen Capture

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Today, panoramic mode is a common feature on mainstream cameras, with software that seamlessly creates a single photo from multiple angles, some even with 3D. Facebook recently announced support of 360 photos , which allows users to manipulate 360 panoramas. 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.

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.

Get the Big Picture with Panoramic Screen Capture

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Today, panoramic mode is a common feature on mainstream cameras, with software that seamlessly creates a single photo from multiple angles, some even with 3D. Facebook recently announced support of 360 photos , which allows users to manipulate 360 panoramas. 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.

What is hi-res?

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Your coworker asks for a photo, so you quickly email him the one from the web. 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 pixels when you zoom in really closely to a picture, or if you try to enlarge an image beyond what it can handle. Use hi-res photos for sharp prints and to prevent jagged lines.

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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.

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

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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. Blurring works with photos, too! The post 5 Reasons to Blur Images at Work (When in Doubt, Blur it Out) appeared first on Welcome to the TechSmith Blog. Business blur corporate training tips documentation help desk photo editing Snagit visual communication

When in Doubt, Blur it Out – 5 Reasons to Use Blurring at Work

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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. Blurring works with photos, too! The post When in Doubt, Blur it Out – 5 Reasons to Use Blurring at Work appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. Tips & How To's blur corporate training tips documentation help desk photo editing Snagit Tips and Tricks visual communication

Are You Feelin’ Fuse?

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Well, a picture is worth a thousand words, as they say. 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. At the bottom of the screen, you will notice icons for Snagit, Camtasia, and TechSmith Relay. Fuse is an awesome addition to the TechSmith family of products. Not yet using TechSmith Fuse ?

Fuse Application Plus More…For Genealogy

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Earlier this spring I started my career with TechSmith and was assigned to the Fuse team as a Software Test Specialist. Not only that, but I transfer the new files to Snagit for storage and manipulation (cropping and enhancing photos) to enrich my records. This template allows me to include pictures of my ancestors to enhance the presentation of their details. Taking Pictures in the Wild. take digital photos of these original documents.

Send me your Learning Momments!

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Basically, ANYONE can send a picture to my cellblock. Pick up your cell phone.snap a shot.and send it to elearndev@cellblock.com and your photo will appear in my block. The next time you find yourself learning something new send a picture of it too elearndev@cellblock.com. Look.over there.on the right side of this blog.go ahead.it won't bite. Its another cool little blog widget. This one is just too good to pass up.

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. Mark up photos to spur inspiration and help the property tell a story. 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. If your clients are new to an area, giving them a full picture of a neighborhood can help them make an informed decision.

Helping Students Find Identity Through Student Created Video

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They record video and snap pictures, and they swap them with friends by text message and social media. Because we could all connect to the same school BYOD WiFi network, we used TechSmith Fuse to deliver media. Then, through the WiFi, they were able to seamlessly send pictures and videos directly to my computer. We storyboarded our ideas, deciding which written textual messages would go best with each picture and video that we wanted to use.

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Ten Ways to Use Video in the Classroom

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It’s back-to-school season for most educators and this year, the TechSmith Education team is writing a series of blog posts with some ideas for the classroom. Paper and pencil assessments have their place in the classroom, but students explaining their learning can also be critical in getting a larger picture of their progress. Head on over to the TechSmith Education page for more stories on how to create videos and for free software trials.

What Makes a Good Online Course? 7 Real-World Strategies

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The rollout of TechSmith Knowmia last fall was very much a driver of that whole strategy. They’re not just photo-based, it includes video. Access to the next-generation, cloud-based video platform TechSmith Knowmia provided Tracie the missing component.

Create a Vintage Circle Frame For Your Videos

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So, I used my camera phone to take a very close up photo of one of the scenes in the videos. I got close enough to my computer monitor to blur the scene a bit and show some shadows then I took the picture. I then sent the photo to my Google Drive and opened it in Snagit where I could create the circle holes. Drag the background photo image from the Snagit Editor tray onto the new canvas. When done resizing, right-click the photo and select Flatten from the menu.

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Create a Vintage Circle Frame For Your Videos

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So, I used my camera phone to take a very close up photo of one of the scenes in the videos. I got close enough to my computer monitor to blur the scene a bit and show some shadows then I took the picture. I then sent the photo to my Google Drive and opened it in Snagit where I could create the circle holes. Drag the background photo image from the Snagit Editor tray onto the new canvas. When done resizing, right-click the photo and select Flatten from the menu.

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Video Creation: The Basics

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If you have a camera that shoots video and photos (like a DSLR) don’t forget to switch to photography mode and get high quality stills too. If you don’t have a DSLR, use your smartphone to take pictures. TechSmith’s own Camtasia is a good entry point for beginners in video editing but it also has a high ceiling for creativity and functionality (including screen recording.) The post Video Creation: The Basics appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

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Rethinking Professional Development with EdCamp

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If you’re not familiar with EdCamps, picture a traditional teacher conference with a published schedule, featured strands, and a keynote each day. creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by kjarrett. Why does TechSmith care? TechSmith is committed to helping educators grow professionally. The post Rethinking Professional Development with EdCamp appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

You’re Setting Up Your Video Project Wrong: The 7 Subfolders You Need

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You may have a ripped YouTube video sitting on your desktop, a project file located in your documents folder, a music track from your iTunes library, and a photo from some obscure folder, etc. Pictures. Pictures. Have some photos you want to incorporate into your video? Remember, if you’re using a photo that exists somewhere else on your computer already, you will want to make a copy of the photo and place it in this folder.

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Holiday Wish List for Corporate Training Professionals: Part 4 - Software for Content Creation

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Sometimes we write it out in text, and support the ideas with images and pictures as well. TechSmith: Snagit and Camtasia. Techsmith apps are made for content creation. Techsmith helps you create the media. Stock Photo Subscriptions. Up your image game significantly by applying stock photos to all of your work. Introduction to Scaling Up Knowledge. The creation of media content is how we scale up the sharing of knowledge.

Deliver Outstanding Customer Service with Screen Recording

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At TechSmith, we use Snagit for our “quick-and-dirty” videos; i.e. our simple screencasts that don’t require extensive editing or professional polish. On the TechSmith support site , we use a picture of a few members of our support staff to convey this idea; the company is made up of people who care. Beyond simply showcasing a photo of your team, though, customers enjoy interacting with people, not robots.

How to create a DIY green screen video effect (aka chroma key)

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Quite simply, it offers the most natural-looking way to integrate a human with other types of content you might want to show, such as presentation slides, screen video, screenshots, photos, or animated elements. Instead of putting each visual element in its own frame (a la picture-in-picture), green screen lets you blend them seamlessly. Daniel Foster is the "social media guy" for TechSmith. Achieving a good green screen effect used to be difficult and expensive.

Enjoy May Snagit Stamps and Camtasia Studio Theme Sets!

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Do you need to show off a cool new feature in your latest iPad app or want to show your friend how to flip through the electronic family photo album you created? I use Snagit daily to quickly snag funny pictures to send to coworkers and friends or to easily create fun messages. Share your latest and greatest creations by sending us a tweet @TechSmith , commenting on our Facebook , or visiting Pinterest. appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. Hooray for May!

How to Grab and Keep Interest in Any Presentation

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I can edit compliance imagery to create an interactive exercise where students must identify what’s wrong with the picture, and hop to the next slide with another edited image for the answers. I’m not a photo editing pro, but Snagit makes it appear as if I am and all but eliminates the SWA’s need for designers. The post How to Grab and Keep Interest in Any Presentation appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. David A.

Text, Images, or Video in Your Technical Communication?

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Photos can degrade gracefully, even when you’re printing in black & white, but video information is lost altogether. Images in user assistance can include photos, illustrations, tables, screenshots, diagrams, and schematics. Photos can be a cheap alternative for illustrations. Adding arrows yourself does not always make the photo easier to understand. Movement is difficult to explain in text or photos alone. appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

How to Create Job Aids that Skyrocket Your Team’s Performance

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According to research from TechSmith and Cebr , two-thirds (67%) of people understand information better when it’s communicated with visuals. Instead of a wall of text, replace written words with images, as much as possible—pictures, charts, and any other visuals that fit your format. If the job aid describes a physical task, take photos and mark them up with arrows, etc., Job aids that use pictures without any text can be even easier to use.

Create a Holiday Greeting Card Video with Camtasia Studio 8.4 – Part 1

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Taking pictures with your mobile device is so easy, but, what do you do with all those pictures? Once you make your first video greeting card using our sample project, you will be able to make a personal card using your own photos. The post Create a Holiday Greeting Card Video with Camtasia Studio 8.4 – Part 1 appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. Taking pictures with your mobile device is so easy, but, what do you do with all those pictures?

Getting Started With Prototyping

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You can use your smartphone to quickly grab a picture and share, review and develop further. You can use your favorite screen capture utility, such as TechSmith SnagIt or Jing, to capture elements from existing screens to use in your design. You can download the Marvel App for free for iOS and Android and use your phone or tablet to sketch, photo, and add hot spots to quickly simulate interactions to demo, test, and gather feedback on an idea.

Filming with the iPhone 5s – The Forge Episode 31

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But then I started taking photos on a kayaking trip with my son, and… Wait a minute – hold the boat! I noticed that the quality of the pictures and videos had changed significantly from what the 4s was capable of producing! As I swiped through the picture from our trip on the device, it occurred to me: why not make an entire episode of The Forge with the iPhone 5s? Overall, the picture quality is really high – especially with good lighting.

Getting Started With Prototyping

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You can use your smartphone to quickly grab a picture and share, review and develop further. You can use your favorite screen capture utility, such as TechSmith SnagIt or Jing, to capture elements from existing screens to use in your design. You can download the Marvel App for free for iOS and Android and use your phone or tablet to sketch, photo, and add hot spots to quickly simulate interactions to demo, test, and gather feedback on an idea.

A Passion for Video Realized

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Some of John’s tools include Windows Movie Maker, Photo Story, Adobe Premiere and Camtasia Studio. “It’s I had Camtasia and Snagit slotted as screen capture apps that can produce clips and pictures for movie editing but recent updates have changed my perspective totally,” said John. The post A Passion for Video Realized appeared first on TechSmith Blogs. Meet John Buechler, otherwise known as PapaJohn to the video world.

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5 Simple Video Tips to Help You Stick to Your Plan

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You can even take TechSmith Academy courses on these very topics. Use these photos to build your storyboard with. Take an example from a recent shoot: Here at TechSmith we recently completed a day-long shoot with marketing guru Jay Baer. When we arrived, we went out to his yard and began snapping pictures. The post 5 Simple Video Tips to Help You Stick to Your Plan appeared first on TechSmith Blog.

How to Make a Great Quick-Reference Guide

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Snagit 2020 comes stocked with templates, but you can also download dozens more with TechSmith Assets for Snagit. And, have you ever heard the terms a picture is worth a thousand words? The post How to Make a Great Quick-Reference Guide appeared first on Welcome to the TechSmith Blog.

Computational Thinking in Teaching and Learning

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I wrote a small web application that runs from my classroom computer which allows students to snap a picture of their work and upload it to my computer, anonymously if they choose. The featured image is creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by aperture_lag. The post Computational Thinking in Teaching and Learning appeared first on TechSmith Blogs.

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5 Ways to Save Time During Elearning Course Revisions

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In this way, you can work out a plan to complete the elearning course revisions with the complete picture in mind instead of having to constantly devise a new plan as new information comes your way. However, the client states that they prefer another set of photos from their archives. The post 5 Ways to Save Time During Elearning Course Revisions appeared first on TechSmith Blog. Do you tend to spend a bit more time than originally planned on elearning course revisions?

How to Create Step-By-Step Instructions Using Visuals

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These can be stock photographs or photos you’ve taken. Lucky for you, I learned a lot from TechSmith , and they have a lot more to say on the subject). Picture of assembled ingredients. GIF of sifting or photo of finished stirred product pre-milk. Photo of finished batter (possible side by side with picture for step 7). Photo of finished cake. In particular, the picture in step 7 of the mix stirred so far is a crucial piece of visual evidence.