RE: Screen Capture Software

Subject: RE: Screen Capture Software
From: "Anameier, Christine A - Eagan, MN" <christine -dot- a -dot- anameier -at- usps -dot- gov>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 09:36:57 -0500

Mike wrote:
> To gild the lily a bit, you can make these look
> quite neat and clean by "fading" the edges to white.
> This tells the viewer that they are zoomed in on a
> small segment of something bigger.

Yes, I've done that with gradients sometimes (as Kim described). In the
last couple of years I've been mostly using a subtle drop shadow for the
"this is a piece of the window" clue. Even for whole dialog boxes I'll
usually use the shadow--I find it especially useful to help
differentiate the window/dialog from any callouts and commentary I may
be adding.

In recent versions of Photoshop it's easy to do consistent drop shadows.
And they look spiffy. <g>

I'm a big fan of gilding the lily that way. A lot of people respond to
good document design, whether they realize it or not.



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