I rarely have a need to use full-screen images. If for some reason your project requires it simply press the PrintScreen (usually located on the top row) button on your keyboard and the entire screen is instantly copied. You can then paste the image into a program like Fireworks, Photoshop, or even the Windows Paint program to save it.
On a Mac press,
and an image of the screen will be instantly saved to your desktop.
One of my most used tools is the Snipping Tool that comes standard with Windows. The app is located under Start->Accessories. You can also just use the search function in the Start Menu to find the Snipping Tool. Simply open the application and select the part of the screen you want to capture. After the image has been captured you have the option to copy it to another application or save the image as a separate file.
On a Mac you can use a shortcut to perform a similar operation. Press
and the cursor will become a crosshair that you can drag to capture a portion of the screen.
With the options above it is impossible to capture content that flows off the screen. Capture an entire web page in one shot is impossible. You could take a screenshot, scroll down, take another screenshot, and stitch the photos together, but there is a much easier solution. The Full Page Screen Capture extension for Google Chrome grabs a screenshot of the entire scrollable screen area and opens the image in a new tab. Nice!
Hopefully you now well on your way to getting that perfect screenshot. In the next part of this series, I’ll look at transforming your screenshot into beautiful display pieces for your website. Know any other cool ways to get a great looking screenshot? Share it with me in the comments!