[thelist] Getting screenshots to look good in Word (and then PDF)

Todd Richards todd at promisingsites.com
Fri Mar 31 08:21:39 CST 2006

Hi Rob -

What are you using to capture the screen shots?  I use Snag-It (by
Techsmith) and have had great success with it.  I think by default it
captures the entire active screen but I have my settings so that I can drag
around a selection to capture.  I then copy to clipboard and paste into Word
(cleaning up in PhotoShop if needed).  We have been very successful with
this.  The problems that we have seen with quality are when a large portion
is captured, then manually sized in Word.  I try to capture close to the
size I want, or edit in PS.  We use Word 2003 and Snag it 7+.

Also, the gif part might be the cause of the quality issues too.  I'm not a
print master but have seen better results with graphics saved as a .jpg.



-----Original Message-----
From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org
[mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Rob
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2006 4:00 AM
To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
Subject: [thelist] Getting screenshots to look good in Word (and then PDF)

Hey all,

Long time lurker, first time poster. I'm trying to get a screenshot of
a webpage to look decent within a PDF. Taking screenshots, saving as
GIF, inserting into Word to add other guff, then printing to PDF. As
soon as they hit Word they look pretty awful though, and then printing
to PDF the quality is reduced even further (using both PrimoPDF and

I understand that the PDF writers will add compression so I expect the
quality to be reduced but how do I get the screenshots to look good in
Word to start with? Am comfortable with Photoshop but have limited
understanding of print.

Any help would be much appreciated.


* * Please support the community that supports you.  * *

For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester 
and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org 
Workers of the Web, evolt ! 
[This E-mail scanned for viruses by Declude]

[This E-mail scanned for viruses by Declude]

More information about the thelist mailing list