Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Photo Tip Tuesday: How to make a Screen Shot

Ok so I don't know if this should count as an actual "photo tip" but I thought it could be useful anyway!

My friend Chris asked me this morning how to do a screen grab which is essentially a picture of what is on your computer screen. Usually people do this for websites like when they are on the front page of Etsy and want to save the page as an image file (.jpg, .gif, etc) . It's also helpful if you are having technical difficulties and getting error messages, you can take a screen shot and send it to tech support.

There are several ways this can be done. If you're on a PC, here's all you have to do:

1. On your keyboard in the upper right corner above the "Insert" key, hit "Print Scrn."

2. Open whatever photo software you use (Photoshop, Paint, Microsoft Picture Manager, etc).

3. Under "Edit," click "Paste" (or Ctrl + V).

4. If it asks about the canvas size (as it did when I used Paint), click "Expand canvas."

5. Voila! The default file type will vary depending on the program you're using, but you can save it as whatever image type you need, most likely a .jpg if you're going to post it on your blog or share it in an email.

Make sense? Once I figure out how to do it on a Mac I will post that too! Happy screen grabbing.

UPDATED: Kerry just left me a comment explaining how to do it with a Mac- "Shift+Command and the number 4 together. You will get a little icon and you pull it to the size you want and you have your screen shot ." Thanks Kerry!

2 comments:

Kerry Hawkins said...

for the make it is the keys Shift+Command and the number 4, together. You will get a little icon and you pull it to the size you want and you have your screen shot

Counter Mat said...

Is taking screenshot is really hard.