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Screen Captures
Created by:Kawliga

 
This tutorial will demonstrate how to create screen captures (copies of the content of your screen as a graphic file) using Paint Shop Pro.

Prepare for the screen capture by displaying the object(s) to be captured. If the object to be displayed is in Paint Show Pro, start up Paint Shop Pro and open any graphics that are to be part of the capture.

Start up Paint Shop Pro. If Paint Shop Pro was started to display the object(s) to be captured, then you need to start up Paint Shop Pro a second time.

 


In the Paint Shop Pro application that you opened for taking the screen captures go to Capture || Setup. The Capture Setup dialog box will be displayed.
 

Screen-Capture Methods

In the "Capture" panel, select a capture method to use. As you can see, there are five capture methods to choose from. The following describes how to take the screen captures with these individual methods, and what you will get as a result.
 


Area

Right-click or press the Hot key you chose during the setup. The cursor becomes a crosshair. Click once where you want to start the capture. Release the mouse button, do not drag the crosshair. Move the cursor to create a rectangular outline of the selected area. When the area is the size you want, click again and the screen capture will be taken.

As you can see at the screen capture on the left, you're not bound to windows or objects with this method.

 

Full Screen

Right-click or press the Hot key you chose during the setup and the screen capture is taken. You needn't click somewhere with this method as it's always a capture of everything that can be seen on your monitor screen.
 

Client area

Right-click or press the Hot key you chose during the setup and the screen capture is taken. You needn't click somewhere with this method as well as it's always a capture of the content of your active program window.
 

Window

Right-click or press the Hot key you chose during the setup and the screen capture is taken. You needn't click somewhere with this method as it's always a capture of the whole window of your active programme, including the title bar.
 


Object

Right-click or press the Hot key you chose during the setup. Move the cursor over the object you want to capture. The object selected by the cursor is identified by a black border. When the cursor is over the object you want, click once and the screen capture is taken.

With this method you can capture single objects or groups of objects, e.g. an image window, the content of a (program or image) window, a palette, part of a palette or dialog box etc.

 

Activation methods

In the next panel, select a method to activate the capture. You can start the capture by:
  • Right mouse click
  • Hot key: one of the Function keys
  • Delay timer: after the designated time the capture starts automatically
 

Options

In the "Options" panel, select an option if desired:
  • Include cursor: the captured image includes the mouse cursor. This works with all capture methods except "Area" where this option is disabled.
  • Multiple captures: you can continue to capture images until you return to the PSP window that you opened to take the screen captures.
 

Taking the screen capture

Now that all options have been selected,
– either click on "Capture Now" in the Setup box,
– go to Capture || Start,
– or click on the Capture button on your tool bar (if you configured your tool bar to display that button).

The capturing PSP minimizes and reveals the screen to be captured. Right-click or press the Hot key you chose during the setup, or wait for the time that you specified if you chose "Delay timer", and take your screen capture as described above for the individual methods.

As soon as the screen capture is taken, the capturing PSP appears again with the captured image open.