RE: Tip for clean screenshot background

Subject: RE: Tip for clean screenshot background
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbri -at- haestad -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 08:42:04 -0400

FWIW, I run into this situation in two ways:

1) I need to show two dialog boxes together to indicate a relationship.

2) Some element of the dialog box, like a drop-down menu, expands
outside the boundaries of the dialog box.

My solution is to capture the two screens separately and merge them in a
photoeditor, like Adobe Photoshop or Jasc Paintshop Pro, etc. I use a
screen capture utility to make the initial captures--and could likely
also use it (SnagIT) to merge the two captures, I have just never tried.

Cheesy ASCII art? Yeah, bin there, dun that . . .. <g>



Sean Brierley
Software Documentation Specialist
Haestad Methods
203-805-0572 (voice)
203-597-1488 (fax)

-----Original Message-----
From: dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com [mailto:dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com]
Bill Swallow wrote:
> ...capture the
> windows seperately and build a layered look in whatever image
> manipulation program you're using.

>From the message, it sounded like specialized software was off the
table, so I tried to limit solutions to the freebies: Paint and the
PrintScreen key.
> ...only capture the
> active window, as the inactive one isn't demanding immediate attention
> and can be shown and documented when it is active during the

Sometimes it's valuable to show the relationship between windows. For
example, say you were showing a first-time computer user what a tool tip
(or What's This help) looks like--layering them, so that the tip pane
was offset a little, would help make it clear that it isn't part of the
underlying application window.

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