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Making screen captures

Overview

How to capture parts of the screen e.g. for a presentation using the Screen capture function in FotoStation.

About screen capture in FotoStation

The screen capture feature is a basic utility for capturing the content of the screen for use in e.g. a presentation. This module is only available in FotoStation for Windows.

Using screen capture

To access the screen capture module, open the Edit menu and choose Screen capture.  You can choose between capturing an area (by clicking and dragging your mouse across it) or the active window. Use the Function dropdown list to choose one of the two.

Setting a hotkey

The Hotkey field lets you choose a keyboard combination for activating the Screen capture utility. Click in the Hotkey field and press a combination of keys on your keyboard. Make sure it does not interfere with hotkeys that your other applications may use.

If you would like to display the capture in the bitmap editor after capture, select Open the captured image in the bitmap editor. If this option is not selected, the captured area will be copied directly to the system clipboard.

Performing a capture

Click on Capture now to make a capture right away or click OK to save your settings. The capture utility can then be activated at any time using the preset keyboard shortcut.

The Bitmap Editor

If you have configured the capture utility to open your capture in the editor after capture, you can make simple modifications to the capture.  All functions available are accessed using the buttons on the bitmap editor’s toolbar.

Toolbar buttons

Save as file: Lets you save the captured graphics as a file. You can choose between JPEG, TIFF and EPS format. Choosing JPEG also lets you set a quality level.

Copy to clipboard:  – Copies the captured graphics to the system clipboard for pasting into another application.

Print screenshot: Opens the system Print dialog to let you print your screen capture.

Select tool:  – The select tool lets you select and move items that you have added to the captured graphics, such as rectangles, circles and annotations. Selected items can be deleted by pressing the Delete key on the keyboard.

Ellipse, Rectangle and Rounded rectangle button: Let you add shapes to the graphics. Before drawing the shape, click on the Drawing Color button to set the shape’s color.

Annotation: This arrow lets you make simple annotations. Start by selecting the arrow color by using the Drawing Color button. Then choose a font, font size, style and color using the font controls in the toolbar. Type the text for the annotation in the Annotation Text box, then click and hold the mouse button where you want the arrow to point and drag the arrow as far as you want it to go before releasing the mouse button.

Drawing Color button: Lets you choose a color for the shapes you add to the graphics.

Font controls: Let you choose a font, color, size and style for any annotations you add to the graphics.

Tear effect buttons: Make it possible to add a torn-off-the-page effect to either side or all sides of the graphics. The tear is random so that no two "torn" graphics look just the same.

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