Screen Capture Color

Subject: Screen Capture Color
From: Alexander Von_obert <avobert -at- TWH -dot- MSN -dot- SUB -dot- ORG>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 20:48:00 +0100

Hello Melonie,

* Antwort auf eine Nachricht von mrh -at- abmdata -dot- com an All am 20.08.97

mm> When I capture a screen on my true color monitor, it looks
mm> great.

mm> When I take it to a 256-color display, all my white turns a
mm> sickly green. Has anyone had this problem? Any suggestions?

this is a common problem with 256-color displays. Video cards with this color
resolution use so-called "palettes" where they define 256 different colors.
These 256 colors are the same for the whole screen.

Your problem is that your screen-shots use more than 240 colors. Windows uses
16 fixed colors so only 240 colors may be freely defined. Your video driver
cannot satisfy the requests for all colors and does some "best-fit"

If possible reduce the color count to 256 or less when you do your screen
shots. Or reduce the color depth unsing the standard Windows palette in a
program like Paintshop Pro.

Greetings from Germany,

Alexander von Obert, Urbanstr. 2, 90480 Nuernberg, Germany
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