Good Screenshots?

Hi,
I have been trying to put screenshots into my site, but the quality is quite poor. I came across a site http://www.interactivepublishing.net/september/browse.php with nice screenshots and each one is less than 15,000 bytes. How can I get shots like that. I have tried the free screenhunter, and I end up having to rescale the image in GIMP to get good quality, but with a huge number of bytes…so too long to download the page. Any help appreciated. Thank you.

Just take a screenshot and paste it into Photoshop/Photopaint or a free app like Irfanview, then scale it down to 180pixels wide or so, and save it as a .jpg.

Have a play with the amount of compression when you save it, 60% or 70% should be ok i would think.

You never want to link to a fullsize screenshot and scale it via the browser or as you noticed, it will takes an age for the page to load.

I would take your screenshots into photoshop, resize them down to 800 x 600px and then go to FILE -> Save for web and select the settings which best suit

Yeah, you don’t need to use a program just to capture a screenshot unless you want to take screenshots from videos or something like that. Just hit Prt Scr (or something like that, it varies from computer to computer), then open up your favourite image editing program, open a new blank image, and paste. Then you can resize as you want, and save with the quality to wish.

If you want to capture screenshots of videos in WMP for instance, it might not work. In that case a program like IrfanView is necessary.

If you use Firefox, this extension may be useful.
http://pearlcrescent.com/products/pagesaver/

Nadia

You can use third party software like SnagIt. There are lots of them. Try to search at www.download.com

SnagIt is great - that’s what I use… especially if you need to take a capture of what’s below the fold.

Nadia

I actually use word to scale down those screenshots.

But then again, I’m a weird individual, so just use photoshop like everyone else.

Oh ewwww - how could you?

:eek: :wink:

Nadia

I don’t know… I just do… can’t help myself. :frowning:

Thanks for all the replies. Actually I am ashamed to confess that I have resorted to using prt screen and then resizing in Paint (microsoft). It’s not bad. At least it’s very easy to do. The result is in http://www.loversofbeauty.com/test.htm
Or maybe I could get better results in a free program like Gimp or Infranview?

LOL… if it works for you, so be it :wink:

Nadia

Thanks for all the replies. Actually I am ashamed to confess that I have resorted to using prt screen and then resizing in Paint (microsoft). It’s not bad. At least it’s very easy to do. The result is in http://www.loversofbeauty.com/test.htm

Does look very fuzzy.[url=“http://www.loversofbeauty.com/test.htm”]

Or maybe I could get better results in a free program like Gimp or Infranview?
Why not give the freebies a whirl - it won’t cost you anything and you may end up with a better picture :slight_smile:

Nadia

Or… rather than show the whole screenshot, why not show a small section at 100%, kind of an abstract snippet in a box? :wink:

I’ve seen a few sites that do this for displaying portfolio work, templates etc.

You may also try these software: HandySnap (which will work 30 days for free, then costs $15 for home user) to capture your page plus [URL=http://www.wisepixel.com/handytools/news/photo_filtre.html]PhotoFiltre (which is free at the moment) to scale down the image.

I like the Screen Grab! Firefox extension. Saves full screen (below the fold).

Don’t be ashamed… it is better to use paint (at least is a graphic program) than word :rofl: :rofl: (sorry, I couldn’t help myself… hope than I don’t hurt any feelings here… :slight_smile: :wink: )

On http://www.loversofbeauty.com/test.htm you’re resizing them with your width and height definitions. That’s definately not a good idea if you’re actually after quality.

I second screengrab … sometimes I forget I have it and do it the old fashion way. But when I remember to use screengrab its great.

Yes I too like this extension. :slight_smile:

It offers the ability to grab just the viewport, the entire window or the entire document as well (which can be very useful) as you say when I remember to use it over the Print Scr button. :stuck_out_tongue: