Capturing Screen Images

Paint Shop Pro has a capture function which can be easily used to convert any part of anything that you can display on your screen into a separate graphic image. Capturing an image from the screen takes place in two steps. First you need to set up the screen capture function to define what and how you intend to carry out the capture and second you perform the actual screen capture. Let's consider these two steps separately.

Setup the Screen Capture Function.

To setup this function, select setup from the capture menu then select the options to define your screen capture.

  1. Capture type defines what you are going to capture. Select one of the following depending on just what you are trying to capture.
    Area Select a rectangular portion of the screen.
    Full Screen Copy the entire screen.
    Client Area Copy the input area of the active window.
    Window Copy the entire active window.
    Object Copy a window feature or group of features.
  2. Select a method to use to trigger the capture. You can choose to use a right click on the mouse button, define a hot key on the keyboard, or just specify a time after starting the perform capture function to have the capture happen automatically.
  3. Decide whether or not you want the mouse cursor to appear in the captured image.
  4. Decide whether you are doing multiple screen captures or just the one.

If you already have the screen displaying whatever you want to capture then you can proceed by clicking the Capture Now button, otherwise click on OK and proceed to set up the applications and windows on the screen the way that you need them to be for the screen capture.

Performing the capture.

Once the screen is arranged the way that you want it, (and assuming that you didn't just click the capture now button when you finished the setup) you need to return to the Paint Shop Pro window and select Start from the capture menu in order to commence the capture process. Don't worry about having the Paint Shop Pro window(s) open when you select start or capture now as the first thing that happens when you click either of these buttons is that the Paint Shop Pro windows get minimized.

What you do next depends on what you identified in the setup process as your capture type. If you selected area or object then you need to position the mouse cursor over the area or object to be captured. If you selected window or client area then you need to make the appropriate window active. If you selected full screen then you don't have to select anything but regardless of what you selected, if you set the capture to display the mouse cursor then you need to position the mouse cursor where you want it to appear.

If you selected a timed capture then once the specified time from starting the capture has passed the capture will proceed. The computer will beep to let you know that this is happening. If you selected a right mouse click or hot key to activate the capture then click the right mouse button or press the hot key that you defined to proceed with the capture. If you requested to capture an area or object then you will need to select the area or object to capture by clicking the left mouse button on the object or on diagonally opposite corners of the area.

Once you have captured your defined image then Paint Shop Pro will restore itself with your newly captured image waiting for you to process it further.


Reminder: Please remember to respect the rights of the creator of the original screen image and do not use the method described above to copy any image without the permission of the copyright holder.
Felgall Pty Ltd has supplied this information in order that it may be used to copy screen images where you have a legitimate reason and permission to do so. We accept no responsibility for any misuse of the information provided.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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