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How to create screencaps

Michelle Osborne

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From time to time in a class, the instructor may ask you to make a screen capture -- your settings, an adjustment brush you used in Lightroom, etc. If you're not sure how to do it, it's quick and simple!


How to create screencaps on PC


There are two main ways you can create screencaps on PC. My preferred way of doing it is to use the snip and sketch app that comes with the later versions of windows 10.


1. On your computer keyboard hit the Windows Key + Shift + S. This will grey out your screen and you'll see this at the top of your screen:




2. Draw a box around whatever it is on your screen you want to take an image of. Once you do, you'll see a pop-up in the lower right corner of your screen showing you what you just screencapped.




3. Click on it to bring it up in the program.


4. From there, you can simply hit CTRL+S or click on the little disk to save it as is.




5. You can also do things within this screen like cropping it further, using the "ballpoint pen" or "pencil" to write on it , using the "highlighter" (which I did on the disk above), or even erasing parts of it.




The other way you can do a screencap is to use the "print screen" function on your computer keyboard (note: on a laptop, you may have to hit the FN button along with the print screen one). On my computer keyboard it's situated above the Home/Page Up/Page Down keys, but it may be somewhere else on yours.


The print screen function will take a screencap of your entire screen and copy it to the clipboard.


1. Open up your Paint app.


2. Click CTRL+V to paste. Or at the top left corner of the screen, hit the "paste" button.




3. For some strange reason, Paint always comes up with the whole thing selected.  To "unselect" it, click on the Select button.


4. Click and drag around the area you want to select.


5. Click on the "Crop" button (see screencap above). This will leave you with just the small selection you wanted.


Note: If the part you need to select extends past what you can see on your screen, you can click on View and then "Zoom out." This will shrink your view.




6. Hit CTRL+S or Select "File" at the top of the screen and click on Save.


Note: Paint automatically comes up saving as a PNG file. You can use that, or you can select the dropdown menu to choose JPG.






How to create screencaps on a Mac


There are multiple ways to create screen grabs on a Mac, but in general you will only want to be capturing a portion of your screen and saving it to disk so that it can be uploaded. Luckily, this is a really straightforward process.


1. Press and hold the Command and Shift keys, then tap the 4 key and release them all. Your cursor should change from a pointer to a crosshair. macos-mojave-screenshot-crosshair-inline-icon.png.186e8ce61918564b8ebc5ecf529697c6.png

2. Position this crosshair in one of the corners of the area you want to capture, then click and hold while you drag the cursor to the diagonally opposite corner.

3. When you release the mouse/trackpad button, the capture will be made and automatically saved to your desktop, labelled "Screenshot <date> at <time>". You can then upload this screenshot to Google Photos as normal.


This article describes other methods that you may choose to use to capture the whole screen or whole window, but the method detailed above will suffice for the courses here at FYA.





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