Too big screenshots on iMac 5k

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  1. johnnyXcrane macrumors newbie

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    When I make a screenshot, the screenshot is way bigger than I see it in real.
    Is there a way to do normal screenshots?
     
  2. redheeler macrumors 603

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    The screenshot is taken at the same resolution as your iMac display and therefore retains the sharpness of HiDPI on Retina displays. If you want your screenshots to be at a non-HiDPI resolution, either scale it to 50% and export through Preview or change your resolution by going to System Preferences > Displays, Option-clicking on "Scaled" checking "Show low resolution modes" and changing to "2560 x 1440 (low resolution)" before you take the screenshots.
     
  3. johnnyXcrane thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If it retains the sharpness then why the screenshot looks **** on my iMac?
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Because your other iMac has a lower resolution. Images that aren't displayed at their native resolutions (normally) will look like crap, even if it's higher than the native resolution.
     
  5. matreya macrumors 65816

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    I don't think he has another iMac, its just that Preview shows screenshots 4x the regular size..
     
  6. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Actually with OS X Retina screenshots Preview tends to show the proper 1:1 size on Retina displays. I do wish it would do this with every image like it did in Mountain Lion.
     
  7. johnnyXcrane thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, I am looking at the image of the same iMac 5K.

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    No it looks wrong in Preview and in Safari too
     
  8. redheeler macrumors 603

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    How are you taking the screenshots? Is it Command-Shift-3/Command-Shift-4 or Grab.app?

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    If it's not displaying Retina-aware in Preview already you can always try this trick: zoom out twice, three times if it sticks to the window size like in Zoom to Fit.
     
  9. johnnyXcrane thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh yeah with Command-Shift 3 he makes it correct.
    I often do it with Command-Shift 4 because I want an specific small area. There it's buggy :(
     
  10. Pakaku macrumors 68000

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    If you're not looking at it at a 1:1 ratio (as in pressing CMD-0 when opened in preview), it'll still look blurred.

    Safari draws images at a non-retina resolution, which means it's twice as big as you intended.
     

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