Re: Edge effect on cropped screenshots?

Subject: Re: Edge effect on cropped screenshots?
From: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>
To: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2011 12:32:01 +0800 (WST)

The idea of using and edge effect is right but it should be subtle. I think the shark teeth or torn paper effect can grab the eye too much.

I worked with a senior TW who had created a Photoshop brush with a cloud effect. You would just draw a straight line using the brush tool over the cropped edge, and any text or lines underneath would progress from 'misty but readable' to completely white. The reader could see that the actual screen didn't finish there, but otherwise it didn't noticeably draw the eye away from the rest of the screen.


> Question: if you crop screenshots to be used in printed and online
> software documentation, do you use an edge effect and if so, what?

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