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kroozer

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Posting screenshots assists the helpers in diagnosing your problem. Many members are apprehensive but it is very easy to do, and after doing so several times it will become second nature -- you'll be a master. I post so many I have to use the servers on hosting sites, but you can do without that if you only post shots occasionally.

 

How to make and post a screenshot without using Screen Capture programs and Image Hosting sites.

 

Screen Capture

? Press prt scrn key to capture the entire desktop or Press alt & prt scrn keys together to capture the active window only.

? Open Paint

? Menu bar ➤ Edit ➤ Paste

 

Crop

? Menu bar ➤ Image ➤ Crop (Click and drag the pointer to crop.)

? Again, Menu bar ➤ Image ➤ Crop (This finishes the crop.)

? Menu bar ➤ File ➤ Save as Jpeg

? Save to your Desktop

 

Upload and Post

? Reply ➤ Browse ➤ Desktop, click the screenshot file, Open ➤ Attach This File

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There is literally a sticky post about this.

My current, concise version. :)

 

Maybe this will help some newbies that won't know how to search through the posts to find the older, pinned instructions.

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The problem with getting members to add it as an attachment (without using an image hosting site) is that members do not have a very big forum attachment allowance.

 

Yes I know you can delete old attachments to make way for new ones, but that then means to start having to give a whole new set of instructions.

 

Also Kroozer your post will eventually just slip down out of view.

 

Perhaps Dennis (our pinned topic alterer-in-chief :) ) may have a look at bringing the pinned on up to date.

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The problem with attaching images to Piriform.com is non-members and members not logged in cannot see the images which is a big drawback. I'd suggest using a reputable image hosting site to completely overcome that, and also the images won't count against the available upload space someone has.

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:) To my friend veteran posters, who may be missing the intent of my tutorial:

 

The title is "without using Screen Capture programs and Image Hosting sites." I want to encourage the newbies with short, easy steps -- not bog them down with long-winded details.

 

The tutorial is aimed at getting newbies' feet wet. If they decide to expand they can always use the capture programs and hosting sites as posted in Denny's sticky.

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The problem with attaching images to Piriform.com is non-members and members not logged in cannot see the images which is a big drawback..

I would welcome an end to that annoying restriction. What is it's purpose?

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I would welcome an end to that annoying restriction. What is it's purpose?

 

How is it annoying? There are literally dozens of image hosting sites out there that are free and easy to use.I think it's because Piriform has to pay for the forum software and the space, so a bunch of text is fine, but hosting images takes up space and bandwidth.

 

AJ

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I think it's because Piriform has to pay for the forum software and the space, so a bunch of text is fine, but hosting images takes up space and bandwidth.

I don't know the actual reason, however your explanation sounds perfectly valid to me unless it's just some IPB software setting that was overlooked.

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? Menu bar ➤ File ➤ Save as Jpeg

 

I always prefer GIF.

I find that typically JPG files are several times larger.

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I always prefer GIF.

I find that typically JPG files are several times larger.

Some time ago I compared the quality and file size of a screenshot using these four popular image formats.

gif 148 KB

jpg 157 KB

tiff 171 KB

png 435 KB

 

Yes, the gif file is 5.73% smaller than jpeg.

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I always prefer GIF.

I find that typically JPG files are several times larger.

GIF files are useful in certain situations such as animation but they're no match for other formats because they're limited to a maximum of 256 colours.

Furthermore there's no data compression and each colour pallet requires a table of RGB values thus adding to the existing file size.

JPG have no such requirements for pallets it also uses lossy compress so the file size can vary depending on the amount of detail you require.

If you're generating JPGs files bigger than GIFs then you're probably using the wrong amount of data compression.

When I create JPGs with IrfanView I use a compression setting of 86% which creates small enough files with acceptable image quality.

 

JPG - best image format compression quality vs file size (JPG 2000 is better but not widely used).

GIF - good for animation but limited to 256 colours

PNG - pixel perfect compression with alpha channel

TGA - pixel perfect uncompressed with alpha channel

 

Richard S.

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When I create JPGs with IrfanView I use a compression setting of 86% which creates small enough files with acceptable image quality.

Problem with IrfanView is the JPGs it saves can't be read by a ton of hardware devices and many deem them as corrupt, although they can be perfectly read in Windows by other software.

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I use PNG for all my pics when applicable, so beware. I've given up on the 1990s formats.

 

You dinna wanna see my TIFF collection, do ya? (Actually, that stuff is lost in my old XP HD. And that's corrupt.)

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www.shorpy.com (any old pic)

 

Click "View Hi-Def Image".

 

You'll be treated to a TIFF. Up, down, left, & right scrolling.

 

And it IS a fantastic site.

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Just a thought but perhaps there could be a "How too" section on the forum that you could go to if you need help,or people could leave top tips in peforming certain computer tasks That would perhaps help people without having to keep asking for assistance,I know that I have been helped by this forum a lot,but sometimes if I`ve forgotton how to do something I end up trying to find the thread !!

Just an idea

:)

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@ Kroozer

 

I find jpg is twice the size of gif,

but I was using the default compressions that are given by WinSnap,

which is a small 160 KB Portable application which allows keyboard short-cut launch and selection of any window or part of the screen.

 

@ Redhawk

My only interest was in taking screen shots of computing issues,

and 256 colours was more than adequate for a screen shot displaying CCleaner analysis results.

The default compressions of WinSnap all gave a perfect rendition for my purpose,

so I chose the most compact type, the gif.

 

I am happy to accept that for any sort of digital display of an analogue view then gif is inferior.

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I find jpg is twice the size of gif,

but I was using the default compressions that are given by WinSnap,

OK, now I see why your sizes were so disproportionate.

 

All my saves were from Paint, as in my post #1.

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Just a thought but perhaps there could be a "How too" section on the forum that you could go to if you need help,or people could leave top tips in peforming certain computer tasks That would perhaps help people without having to keep asking for assistance,I know that I have been helped by this forum a lot,but sometimes if I`ve forgotton how to do something I end up trying to find the thread !!

Just an idea

:)

+1 They could call it WikiPiri, or PC Tricks for Dummies, etc. :D

 

The forum is blessed with many geeks. We all could share in their knowledge.

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