how do I take a picture of an icon...

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  1. jholzner macrumors 65816

    jholzner

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    I would like to post an icon on my website and link to the product. How do I do that? I don't want to use Grab because I want the image to be the exact shape of the icon. How do I do that...where is the image stored on the computer...can I access it that way?
     
  2. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030

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    make sure you are in column view...

    click once on the app to get the preview...

    now hold down CMD + SHIFT + 4 and you can select an area of the screen to take a snapshot of... the image file will appear as a PDF on your desktop. you can export the image in preview as a JPEG or open with photoshop etc...

    an image can't be the "exact" shape of an icon, but you can use an image editor like photoshop that can save as a GIF with transparency and such...
     
  3. iJon macrumors 604

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    or hit the space bar after that command and it will take a snapshot of the object. either way works.

    iJon
     
  4. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030

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    that takes a snap of the entire window that is open
     
  5. iJon macrumors 604

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    not if you drag it over an object.

    iJon
     
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

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    Highlight program/file

    Get Info

    Copy

    Open Preview app

    Paste

    Save
     
  7. iJon macrumors 604

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    yeah but look how small it makes it. its better to make it 128x128 and then snap shot it and work with it in photoshop.

    iJon
     
  8. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Install the Developer Tools.

    Run Icon Composer

    Select the large image (128x128)

    Go File->Export Image

    You will now have a perfect Tiff of the icon (including transparency). Use whatever tools you want to turn it into a gif or png (I normally use the command line ImageMagik tool mogrify).
     
  9. jholzner thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks! I'll do that as soon as I get panther next friday...I don't know what I did with the dev tools that came with Jag.
     

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