Thank you for purchasing through links and ads on this site.
OWC / MacSales.com...
diglloyd Deal Finder...
Buy other stuff at Amazon.com...
Capacities up to 56TB and speeds up to 1527MB/s
64GB for 2019 iMac 5K

$550 savings vs Apple!
64GB costs *less* than 32GB Apple!

How to Capture the Screen or Window as an Image

Last updated 2014-01-24 - Send Feedback
Related: how-to

Built into Mac OS X are handy shortcuts for capturing the screen.

The control-cmd-shift-4 is extremely useful to capture a desired area; a cursor appears, click and drag to select the desired area, which is then placed on the clipboard as an image.

By tapping the space bar after invoking some of these shortcuts, a window can be captured by itself, instead of the whole screen.

As shown below, the ^ character indicates the “control” key, the up-arrow means the shift key, and the curly thing is the “command” key.

Keyboard shortcuts for capturing screen images

Setting the type of image format to be captured

The default format is PNG.

To change, open a Terminal window and paste in the line of choice.

TIF is very large, but best quality. Set the format to TIFF:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type tiff

Set the format to PNG:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type png

Set the format to GIF:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type gif

Set the format to PDF:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type pdf

For the setting to take effect, logout and log back in, or enter:

killall SystemUIServer

Lloyd’s Sony Mirrorless Wishlist
Hand-picked items for Sony.

Also useful

Turn off the shadow on a window capture:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow true

Grab

To neatly capture just one window, Grab is found in /Applications/Utilities.

The Grab application for capturing screen images

 

 


See also Nikon wishlist
B&H Deal ZoneDeals by Brand/Category/Savings
Deals expire in 22 hours unless noted. Certain deals may last longer.
$3097 SAVE $200 = 6.0% Nikon D850 DSLR in Cameras: DSLR
$1797 SAVE $200 = 10.0% Pentax K-1 Mark II DSLR in Cameras: DSLR
$998 SAVE $400 = 28.0% Sony a7 II Mirrorless in Cameras: Mirrorless
$1798 SAVE $200 = 10.0% Sony a7R II Mirrorless in Cameras: Mirrorless
$2798 SAVE $400 = 12.0% Sony a7R III Mirrorless in Cameras: Mirrorless
$3998 SAVE $500 = 11.0% Sony a9 Mirrorless in Cameras: Mirrorless

diglloyd.com | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY
Contact | About Lloyd Chambers | Consulting | Photo Tours
Mailing Lists | RSS Feeds | Twitter
Copyright © 2019 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.
Display info: __RETINA_INFO_STATUS__