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How to Create a Perfect Screenshot Painlessly
This tutorial will teach you how to create a screenshot of any web page or capture any screen event. Step by step instructions are given for Photoshop, but you could also use this tutorial with Corel PhotoPaint or Paint Shop Pro or even MS Paint.
1. Open the web page in the web browser. On Windows, press the Print Screen or Prnt Scrn key on your keyboard, found at the upper right of the keyboard. Betcha didn't ever notice this key before! This key will capture the entire screen. If your monitor resolution is set to 640x480, that's the size of the screen capture. If your monitor resolution is set to 600x800, that will be the size of the screen capture, etc.
To capture only the active window, press Alt + Print Screen.
On the Mac, press Command + Shift + 3.
2. Next, open up your paint program - you can use virtually any paint program, including Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Corel PhotoPaint, or even Microsoft's Paint, usually installed on Windows in the Start/Programs/Accessories/Paint.
3. In the paint program, select File/New, then Edit/Paste. Pretty simple, right? Your screen capture is now ready to be cropped or scaled. opposite direction.
Troubleshooting Screen CapturesThe trouble with screen captures comes when you need to scale them for print or the web. Because your screen resolution is so small, any resizing usually obliterates the type within the screen capture. To minimize the changes to your screen capture, try these tips:
Some Useful UtilitiesThe little print screen trick above works fine for a few screen caps, but to create a lot of screen captures you'll want to use a handy utility like those listed below. You may already have a screen capture utility available to you: Corel Draw includes a utility called Capture which captures both still screens and onscreen animation, and PaintShop Pro also includes the ability to do screen captures.
One last point - you will definitely need a screen capture utility to take screen captures inside Photoshop.