RE: screenshots of Web pages

Subject: RE: screenshots of Web pages
From: "Kari Sable Burns" <karinet -at- worldnet -dot- att -dot- net>
To: "Emru Townsend" <etownsen -at- Softimage -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000 19:11:57 -0800

:is a utility out there that can grab whole Web pages, but for the
:life of me
:I can't remember its name.

The best way I know of to achieve quality screenshots from the Web is to use
SnagIt, it will capture the page, region, or area with a few a quick
keystrokes, you can set it show the cursor or not. It will produce the image
as a *.bmp though. So the following steps are important. They require
SnagIt, Adobe Illustrator and ImageReady.

Open SnagIt and Adobe Illustrator
1) Snag the print and hit enter
2) Start a new page in Illustrator, use the paste command in Illustrator, it
will appear.
3)Export it from Adobe as a Photoshop File *.psd at 72 dpi
4) Open Image Ready, Open the *.psd file, clean up the image, create
transparencies, etc, optimize and save it "optimized as" which will save it
as a *.gif.

Even though it takes an artillery of pricey Adobe software and several
steps, it's very quick and easy. It does produce excellent quality
screenshots that load rapidly.

Kari Sable Burns, Knowledge Engineer

:Even so, how far can you go with this? Anything more than a few screens'
:worth on one page will be illegible. Better to focus on the important
:Resolution: you don't have a choice, really. Screen resolution is 72 or 96
:dpi. You can get away with printing the grabbed image at 150, but that's
:the border of legibility.
:File formats: Most Web pages have flat backgrounds, so avoid JPEGs unless
:they're saved with minimum information loss. Avoid .BMPs like the plague;
:stick with compressed TIFFs, if your software can handle it.

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