Taking good screenshots

Posted on | Tyler

This screenshot of Skype™ was taken with Kenny Kerr's Window Clippings.

Have you ever taken a screenshot of a window, and thought of how blah it comes out? When you use “Alt+Prt Sc” to take a screenshot of the active window, the image is still a square, and doesn’t really curve well along the edges of the window does it. Well, with Kenny Kerr’s Window Clippings, you can take screenshots of your windows just like the screenshot of Skype above. It’s more neat, stands out, and looks nice all around.

Now as you may have noticed, this application is available only for Windows, and works with Windows Vista and 7, as the screenshot includes the shadows and the transparency produced by Windows Aero. For you Mac users, you may be wondering how to take screenshots like this for the Mac? Well in Mac OS X Leopard, I believe you can use either keyboard combination “Cmd+Shift+4, then space, then click a window” (save to desktop) or “Cmd+Ctrl+Shift+4, then space, then click a window” (save to clipboard) and you’ll have a screenshot with a small drop shadow behind it like the image below.

Skype 5.1 on Mac OS X Leopard

Window Clippings is currently at version 3, but you’d have to buy it if you want to use it. There are however places where you can get version 2 for free as that was the last freeware version that was released before the license was changed to shareware in 2.1. It’s a powerful tool to use, and helpful if you’re going to be using it to display images on your blog, forum or website.

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