Tuesday, 8 February 2011

How to Take a Screenshot

Hello, Anne-Marie of ByAmor here with the basic, standard guide to taking a screenshot in Windows, in response to a request from Fi of Patchwork Delights.

Depending on what computer package you've got, you may have quicker options for 'snipping' or capturing images from your screen. This tutorial shows the good old fashioned way of doing it if you don't have, or like me, can't seem to find :-], one of those nifty tools.

Let's suppose, for example, that you have been featured in, or curated, a treasury and you wish to post it on your blog. I'm going to use a treasury I made recently, 'Chocs & Flowers for Valentines Day' as an example.

'Image on-screen'

Forgive me please if I state the obvious, but you're going to capture exactly what you see on your screen. So before you do anything, you may need to zoom out ('Cntrl' and the minus sign - ) to fit in the whole image and or, hit F11 on the top of your keyboard to get the image on full screen.What you see on your screen is what you will get!

The 'Print Screen' button can be found on the top right of your keyboard. it may be labelled 'PrtScn'. You hit it, but nothing seems to happen, right? Actually, the entire image on your screen has been saved to a clip board. You just need to paste it into a graphics programme to see it.

After you hit the 'Print Screen' button open up a basic image editting programme such as Microsoft Paint.

Here, go to 'Edit' and click on 'Paste'. Voila! There's the screenshot.

Go to 'File' and choose 'Save As' (not 'Save). Save the image to a folder in 'Pictures'. For some images it's best to save as a Gif, but I have found with treasuries featuring lots of colour the image can come out a little strange, so I stick to Jpegs. Close out of Paint.

'Cropped and auto-adjusted'

Now you can open the image in your Pictures folder using your preferred photo editting package. Crop and edit the same as you would a photograph.

With treasuries, there's not much to be done so I use the basic, ready-installed Microsoft Office Picture Manager to crop, and perhaps adjust the lighting to make the images stand out. With most treasuries, auto-adjust will do the job nicely in terms of colour and light. I find with treasuries, there is no need to resize once I've cropped out the bits I don't need. Certainly, don't go below 500 in width.

Once saved, the image is now ready to upload to your blog just like a photo.

*To learn how to make treasuries, check out this tutorial.

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  1. Great post Anne-Marie.
    Thanks for the info

  2. Brilliant! I have to admit that when I was reading this, I realised that I usually do forget the obvious, so thanks for reminding me :)

  3. Delighted to have learnt something techy today! Thanks! I also discovered by happy accident that if you use picassa to store and edit photos the screenshot automatically saves to a folder in picassa called "screen captures" after you press the PRTSC button. So no need to paste into paint if you have picassa.

  4. Too Cool!! Thanks Ann Marie. This one's been bugging me for a while... I kept getting printouts cos I was using 'print page' instead of PrtSc.... A little knowledge is a dangerous thing!

  5. This is great thank you soooo much for taking the time to write up this tut AM it's much appreciated! Fi

  6. cheers

    Yeah, Picasa is pretty handy for photo editting (and free), isnt it Sara? The only thing missing is resizing...uless that's another thing I just can't find :-)

  7. Never thought of zooming out to capture a full treasury - thick or what!
    Thanks for the hints

  8. Thank you, this is SO useful, I have been trying to do this for ages, and it's so simple (when you know how!)