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I've captured a screenshot and I want to share it (on stackoverflow actually :), but I need to blur/hide out a couple words in the screenshot. Is a there tool to quickly do this?

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You can use Preview in two ways:

  • Use the Annotation tool to draw a filled rectangle over the area you want to hide. You can select the fill color.

  • Use the Selection tool to select the area you want to hide and then cut it. The area will be replaced by a gray area (or whatever color is set as window background in Preferences/General).

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Although these methods do not blur the area, they address the intentions of the OP. –  lhf Nov 28 '12 at 1:57
Your right lhf, I updated my question to be clearer the goal was to hide the text, blurring is just one way to do it. –  studgeek Dec 10 '12 at 17:37

Skitch can do this quickly. See?

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Just click the blur button in the side bar and draw over your image to obscure things.

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Thanks, this looks like a good tool to know. I voted this up, but went with the Preview answer because its native. –  studgeek Dec 10 '12 at 17:38
@studgeek I love native solutions, but the speed difference for me makes Skitch a must have for this. I'm able to get the snap, get the redaction and get the output to the desktop / wherever it needs to be used so much faster with Skitch. –  bmike Jan 6 '14 at 22:43

Check out facepixelizer.com.

It has an "intelligent" text blurring tool that changes the amount of blurring based on the font size of the text being blurred.

It's an online web app and it's free.

Here is a link to http://facepixelizer.com

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I was preparing to install a whole app to blur 1 image, 1 time. This answer was very fast instead. –  Bluu Sep 7 '14 at 18:13

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