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What is the best way to blur personal information from a screenshot image?

Date: 28 Jan 2016   Posted By: Chitra Rana Raghav     Group: Computers    Category: Security   

I am in the process of writing a resource, using some screenshots from my email id. I want to blur personal details from it. How to do it?

I tired making two white lines over the personal information. However, it makes the data still readable and leaves it with a messy, unprofessional look. I am trying it with the Paint tools of Windows OS. Please guide me on the correct manner to achieve the desired result.

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Author: [Anonymous]    29 Jan 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

Since you know how to use screenshot on Window's Paint tools, you can easily 'crop' the the desired part of the image and paste it in a 'new file name' with required format. You can remove the part of the personal detail and paste the required one.

It is not necessary that you have to show your personal detail on it or new page / file name. In case, if the personal detail is on the required screenshot itself then you have to simply use the 'dark line' with black color or the other color that matches the personal info. If you want to blur the personal detail then there are few tools available online which you can use it.

You may try this one too.

Author: T.Krishnamoorthy    30 Jan 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Go to the MS Paint. click paste from then select the appropriate image you want to modify. Draw the rectangular box and fill in with white. Again make a screen shot using snipping tool. Now you will get the image in the same manner you want it to be.

Author: bharath    31 Jan 2016      Member Level: Bronze     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

You can blur your personal information by using photoshop and present the screen shot as it is to viewers so that they get clear visualization of content you want to present them. To do that first open your screenshot in adobe photoshop.
1) Goto tool box there you find blur tool, select it
2) Select the brush size and strength.
3) Now using your mouse rub the brush on the text you want to blur until you are satisfied.
4) Now save the image and you are ready to present your screen shot.

Author: Mahesh    01 Feb 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

There are different types of image editor that allows you to do the same.

If you want to do this online then you can use online services like Pixlr and canva or picmonkey.

You have to load the image and use the blur tool. Most of the online tools allow you to blur the image portion. You can also have control over the brush that allows you to do just that.

If you want to use desktop app for this. You can use photoshop or for the same. This way you have blur tool to use from these apps.

Author: Venkiteswaran.    02 Feb 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

The application on which you copied the screenshot has the facility for crop, resize, or format according to the one you used.

Generally a screen shot may be of a web site, and as you said email. In both, the general things we would like to avoid will be the various websites in the address bar, task bar or the extra area od desktop exposed if so.

All this can go if we properly crop the screen shot. However if the personal details are in between the text lines or many, then it is better to use other copying and editing methods, including blurring or overlaying.

Author: Thomas Jose    06 Feb 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

The Adobe Photoshop is the most relevant solution for you as you are using computer for the process. As said above, the Blur Tool in Photoshop will be good enough for the task. No need of considering Paint as an editor, rather take it as a canvas for drawing.
Apart from this there are Photo Editor apps available in mobile devices which will help you. Almost every editing app can do the task of bluring specified areas. But editing in mobile won't be as easy as in computer and editors won't be as good as Photoshop.

Author: Krishna Teja Yeluripati    07 Jun 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

To blur your personal content on an image, you can use the following methods depending on your requirements.
1) If the portion of the image to be blurred is very small, use Microsoft Paint as follows. Select the region to be blurred in the form of a rectangle and remove it so it becomes white in color. To match the original image, fill the region with the most used color in the image.
2) On the contrary, if the portion of the image to be blurred is not very small, you can use Adobe Photoshop. It provides the service of blurring the selected portion of an image.

I mentioned only Adobe Photoshop because it is the most popular one. There are many such Photo Editor applications and websites in the internet. Some of such photo editing web sites are pixlr and picmonkey. Also, there are some mobile apps created for photo editing purpose. But, I personally do not recommend them as it is hard to work in a mobile than in a computer due to screen size.

Hope this answer helps.

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