Literature Summary: Screen Captures 102, by Sean Brierley


While this document is 13 years old, it proved to be very helpful in the process of determining standards for screen captures – and a lot of the information provided then is still relevant today.  While the software discussed is long since obsolete (there are references to using SnagIt 5.1 and Adobe FrameMaker 6), I’m still using the modern counterparts to take screen captures and create materials. I found the discussion about how to best bring screen captures of programs used on a computer monitor into a print medium especially useful, considering it’s not something one thinks about quite often when working on a screen.

Different screen capture methods and file types were discussed.  From simply using Print Screen to take a snapshot of the screen to using more sophisticated software, from full color TIFF files to 1-bit BMP files, everything about screen capturing was discussed in depth, and was invaluable to me as I worked to construct a new profile for capturing screen graphics for our materials.  While the document is lengthy (about 54 pages), it was a good read, and provided me with plenty of information on the screen capturing process and everything that goes into creating good screen captures.


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