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Subject:Re: Color screen captures From:Sue Heim <sue -at- RIS -dot- RISINC -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 7 May 1996 13:12:50 PST
In response to Catherine McNair's question regarding "What dialog
box color scheme produces the best printed results?" for screen
grabs, Sue Gallagher wrote:
> To answer 1 and 2 together, I've found that hi-contrast 16-color
> screen images work best, avoiding moire patterns in printed
> material. To "live with" the same colors used for screen captures,
> I generally use dark red w/ white letters for active borders and
> dark blue with white letters for inactive borders. In Win 3.1,
> making menu bars white with black letters and to highlight drop-
> down menus, a dark, pure color (like dk cyan) with white letters
> works well.
I agree with Sue, except I use a pure yellow for my active title
bars and scroll bars. The pure yellow becomes a really nice greyscale
when printed out on a high-dpi lino, and I don't have moire problems
She also added:
> I'm not sure what you mean by "chunky"... I use plain ol' Paintbrush
> to touch up screengrabs. It's best for constraining to 16 color.
Absolutely! I use the Windows 95 Paint program when I need to "clean
up" any screen grabs. I've never had a problem with my screen shots
at all. I usually just use [Alt] [PrintScrn] to take a shot of the
active dialog, and then paste directly into my document. If I need to
clean up anything (cause for some reason the dialog is modal and I
get the entire screen and not just the active dialog or window), then
I use Paint to clean up and remove all the extraneous stuff. Then I
cut and paste back into my document. I also sometimes use Quicture
when my docs get so large (due to the number of screen shots) that
they become bulky.
Research Information Systems
Carlsbad, California USA
Email: Sue -at- ris -dot- risinc -dot- com
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