tried to output a screenshot at 300dpi? It can sure be a challenge
to make a software product look appealing when the screenshot looks
so fuzzy. With the following technique, you can maintain the integrity
of your screenshot- enough for 300dpi brochures or even billboard
displays. Here's how...
of a screenshot successfully combined with layered artwork at 300dpi.
A typical screenshot enlargement. By scaling up, the image became fuzzy.
A scaled up screenshot with crisp type - identical to the original screen
make a screenshot, hold CTRL and press the 'print screen' button on
your keyword (for PC users). To only capture the size of the active
window, press CTRL, ALT, and the 'print screen' button.
Photoshop, press CTRL-N to make a new document, then click OK. Photoshop
will automatically size the document to the screen capture.
CTRL-V to paste your screen capture.
the menu, choose Image > Mode > Indexed Color...
it asks to flatten layers, choose YES. Choose the default settings
by clicking OK on the dialog box. (Our screen reads Local (selective)
and 256 colors).
in the screenshot above we included an arrow. The 'print screen'
function does not include arrows. To get the arrow, you may either
purchase screen capture software that includes arrows, or you may
search your system files to find various system arrows and icons,
or you may download and use our already-layered Free
Arrow - Photoshop .pst file.
an index color mode you may scale in multiples without altering
the integrity of the screen capture.
Image > Image Size...
Constrain Proportions checked, and Resample Image: Bicubic checked.
the resolution from 72 to 144, 216, 288, or any multiple of 72.
If you choose 300dpi, for instance, it may skew the type. Now reenter
the Image Size dialog box and uncheck the Resample Image box. You
may now choose your output resolution, for example, 300dpi, or 600dpi,
while maintaining the integrity of the image.
you may change the color mode back to RGB (or CMYK if printing),
by choosing Image > Mode > RGB Color. You may now merge your
higher resolution screenshot with a boxshot, or keep it as an independent
higher resolution file.
remember to CTRL-S 'Save...' ...and save often!
screenshot is now ready to print at high quality while maintaining
Trent Mueller, © 2005 Turbo Photo
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Photoshop Trick 1: Create Electrifying Special FX Backgrounds
Photoshop Trick 2: Create Perfect & Sharp Screenshots at 300dpi
Photoshop Trick 3: Add Pizzazz to Dull Photos
2007 Turbo Photo®