Re: Using portions of screen shots

Subject: Re: Using portions of screen shots
From: Gerry Bourguignon <GBourgui -at- LAVASYS -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 15:16:21 -0500

We ran into a similar problem when we wanted to place screen shots of
toolbar buttons in the margins of a manual. We found that adding a black
border, 1 pixel in width, with a basic image-editing program such as Paint,
gave us the clearly defined edges we were looking for.
Gerry Bourguignon
Lone Technical Writer
Open Text Corp, LAVA Div.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Darren Barefoot [SMTP:dbarefoot -at- MPS-CANADA -dot- COM]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 1999 2:53 PM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Using portions of screen shots
> Good morning,
> I'm wondering how other tech writers address the following issue.
> Sometimes
> within our documentation, I want to use only a portion of a screen shot
> (say, of a window). Sometimes the image I cut out of the screen shot
> doesn't
> have clearly identified edges. For example, if you cut out part of a
> screen
> shot from the Control Panel (and the Control Panel is set to display large
> icons) then that image might have white borders (if your window background
> colour is white). Some manuals use a dashed line around the edge of a
> graphic to indicate its border, and that it is only part what's actually
> being displayed. Other's simply leave it as is, with the graphic and the
> document page's background blending together.
> I hope that's clear. What do you do? Thanks. DB.

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