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Author Topic: need to blur out most of system tray  (Read 2063 times)

jadekitten5425

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need to blur out most of system tray
« on: January 10, 2013, 04:36:28 PM »
Hello, I am an amateur coder and I am making a help file for my program (the first program I will ever release publicly) and i need to blur out most of my system tray in a screenshot, both for privacy, and to draw attention to my tray icon. I am not a graphics guy.    Could someone please guide me? thank you for your time.

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Re: need to blur out most of system tray
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2013, 04:55:42 PM »
Any good screenshot tool would probably do the job, but my Screenshot Captor program is especially adept at a variety of this kind of blurring/highlighting/hiding effect -- as well as some others like creating ragged edges, etc.

Give it a try and ask if you have any questions about how to use it to do what you want.

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Re: need to blur out most of system tray
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2013, 05:01:09 PM »
This is about a screenshot made using ScreenShot Captor, right?

  • After grabbing the screenshot of the part you want to show, open it in the Graphical editor
  • Create a rectangle box around the section you want to hide
  • Choose an effect to apply to the selection from the SpecialFX menu, like "Blur Inside Selected Region" or "Interlace Inside Selected Region"
  • Save the image (best would be to set the default format to png)

See how I did my Systemtray context menu for KeepUpApp
(used a delayed, "Grab Repeat last size+pos", after first a "Grab selected Region" in the desired area)
KeepUpApp-4-demo.png

(while I was typing, mouser already replied...:))

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Re: need to blur out most of system tray
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2013, 05:10:40 PM »
ermm, i took the shot, but where is the editor sorry for newbieness lol

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Re: need to blur out most of system tray
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2013, 05:16:58 PM »

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Re: need to blur out most of system tray
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2013, 05:46:04 PM »
Wow, you all are very kind and helpful.  Thanks  I want to charge a very small fee for my program, as it is my first and i worked hard, but with all the great software here being free, I feel kind of mean.  any advice?

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Re: need to blur out most of system tray
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2013, 05:48:15 PM »
Charge for your software, and don't feel bad about it at all.

There is no shame or anything wrong with charging for software, and your users would rather you succeed and be able to develop it than to not be able to work on it.

This forum and site is not focused on charging for software and you won't find discussions here about maximizing profits, etc.  - as we are interested in different things.  But we do not take the position here that there is anything wrong with charging for software -- and we encourage our members to find ways to support themselves and succeed -- however they define that for themselves.

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Re: need to blur out most of system tray
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2013, 08:37:03 PM »
Well said, Mouser!   :Thmbsup:

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Re: need to blur out most of system tray
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2013, 01:27:25 AM »
Charge for your software, and don't feel bad about it at all.
+10 :Thmbsup:

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Re: need to blur out most of system tray
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2013, 09:20:22 AM »
Wow, you all are very kind and helpful.  Thanks  I want to charge a very small fee for my program, as it is my first and i worked hard, but with all the great software here being free, I feel kind of mean.  any advice?

-one advice request: Remember to come back and tell about your program  :up:
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