Print Screen on Mac?

drive428

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I just recently got my iBook, and was wondering if there was a print screen on Mac, or something equvilant
 

tech4all

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drive428 said:
I just recently got my iBook, and was wondering if there was a print screen on Mac, or something equvilant
1) To capture the whole screen: COMMAND, SHIFT, 3

2) To capture a window, dock, menu bar, etc: COMMAND, SHIFT, 4, then press spacebar to choose.

3) To capture a selection: Same as 2 but don't press spacebar, instead click and drag mouse.

4) Go to Macintosh HD, Applications, Utilities, and click on Grab.

BTW: when you get a screen shot, it saves to the desktop as a PDF file and not to the clipboard.
 

SpliceDWDM0

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tech4all said:
1) To capture the whole screen: COMMAND, SHIFT, 3

2) To capture a window, dock, menu bar, etc: COMMAND, SHIFT, 4, then press spacebar to choose.

3) To capture a selection: Same as 2 but don't press spacebar, instead click and drag mouse.

4) Go to Macintosh HD, Applications, Utilities, and click on Grab.

BTW: when you get a screen shot, it saves to the desktop as a PDF file and not to the clipboard.
If it saves the capture as a *.PDF, how does one get it into iPhoto or Adobe Photoshop to edit it? Are there 3rd party capture applications which save screen caps as *.TIF, *.BMP, etc.?
 

tech4all

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SpliceDWDM0 said:
If it saves the capture as a *.PDF, how does one get it into iPhoto or Adobe Photoshop to edit it? Are there 3rd party capture applications which save screen caps as *.TIF, *.BMP, etc.?
You can open PDFs in Photoshop, then save it as a .tiff, .bmp, .jpg, .gif, etc.


EDIT: mduser63's tip works to :)
 

mduser63

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To save a PDF in some other format, just double click on the PDF file, which should open it up in Preview (assuming your Mac is configured with the default settings in this regard). After you've got it opened up in preview, go to File -> Export and you can save it as any one of a number of standard image formats.

Preview will also let you crop the image before you export it. Just drag a box around the part you want, then go to Tools -> Crop (or press command-K).

If you use Grab (it's in Applications/Utilities), you can save the screenshot in whatever format you like. Grab is just a little more full-featured (lets you do timed screen captures for one thing) than the built-in screen capture functions, and comes in handy sometimes.
 
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