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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Making a Screencapture with Software


I’ve had a request to make a tutorial for doing screencaptures. The first one will be using a software to capture the screen. The software I am using for screencapture is “CaptureIt”, but you can download a very similar program called “Easy-Capture” for free from this link.

The steps are pretty simple – open  your screencapture software and minimize it to your tray (unless it is already sitting in the tray – that bar along the bottom of your computer screen).  Next, go to the page you want a screenshot of.  Maximize your screencapture software and select the option for the area you want to capture (some allow you to capture an entire screen, or just a selected area, some have options for scrolling screens etc.). The tutorial shows capturing a specific area of the screen. When you select this option you get a cursor – either cross hairs or some other design which you use to create a selection (usually a square) around the area you want to save.

Once you’ve selected the area and release the mouse button, the software “captures” the area you outlined. From there, you can select where you want to save it on your computer, give it a name, and select the type of image you want (a jpg, a bmp, a gif, etc.)

Once it’s on your computer you can open it any image editing software (either MSPaint, Photoshop, Gimp, Irfanview, etc.) and crop it or resize it as desired.

Using PrintScreen to Capture

The second method involves using only the “print screen” button on your keyboard and an image editing software.

1. Go to the page you want to save.
2. On your keyboard hit the “print screen” button. NOTE: many keyboards require you to hold down the “shift” key at the same time as you hit the “print screen” button.

3. Immediately open your editing software (irfanview is a good and simple choice if you don’t have one)

4. In your editing software select “edit” from the menu and look for an option that says “paste” – click “paste” and the page you were on when you hit the print screen button will appear in the image editing software.

5. Edit and save the image (give it a name) as a .jpg file.

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