The first step in producing an image for online or printed use is to capture an image from your screen.
When you capture an image, you do so using a profile, which is a collection of settings that are applied to the image in advance. Among other things, a profile lets you select a location for a captured image file, apply a specific kind of border to it, set the DPI (dots per inch), and even resize it automatically.
There are several methods that you can use when capturing images.
- Active Window Read more… Captures the active window. For this method, it is best to use the keyboard shortcut rather than the ribbon option.
See Capturing an Active Window.
- Active Window without Frame Read more… Captures the active window without grabbing the frame around the window. For this method, it is best to use the keyboard shortcut as opposed to the menu option.
See Capturing an Active Window without the Frame.
- Full Screen Read more… Captures everything (e.g., open applications, desktop icons and background, taskbar) displayed on your screen.
See Capturing a Full Screen.
- Full Screen without Taskbar Read more… Captures everything (e.g., open applications, desktop icons and background) displayed on your screen, with the exception of the taskbar.
See Capturing a Full Screen Without the Taskbar.
Recapture Images Read more… Lets you re-create the capture for the active image. When you select this option, the same method used to capture the image previously is repeated. The new image replaces the old image. If you do not want to replace the old image, but simply want to create a new image using the same method and settings as the active image, use the Capture>Capture Last Capture option instead.
See Recapturing Images.
- Recapture Last Capture Read more… Recaptures the last image that you captured, displaying the bitmap in a new instance of the Capture Editor.
See Recapturing the Last Capture.
- Region Read more… Captures a rectangular region of your computer screen that you draw and select.
See Capturing a Region.
- Regions Consecutively Read more… Lets you capture multiple rectangular regions without having to select the Capture Region option each time. In between each consecutive capture, you can relocate and resize the rectangular capture region as well as manipulate the onscreen content you want to capture. Clicking the X button on the task bar returns you to the Capture Editor, where most recent region captured is open.
See Capturing Regions Consecutively.
- Restore Last Capture Region Read more… Opens the selection rectangle for the most recent region that you captured. You can then capture another image using the same dimensions or resize the selection area as needed.
See Restoring the Last Capture Region.
- Shape Area Read more… Captures an area covered by a shape that you have drawn. For example, if you want to capture a circular area of an application, you can first capture the application using one of the other methods. Then draw a circle on that image and capture the image in that shape.
See Capturing a Shape Area.
- Window Read more… Captures a fixed area of a window, depending on where you move your mouse and click. As you move the mouse in a window, UI element or application, a red border surrounds each separate region (e.g., menu bar, toolbar, editor, individual button, entire window).
See Capturing a Window.
- Window with Auto-scroll Read more… Captures an open window that is too long to be displayed in its entirety on the screen. The image starts from the top edge of the window that can be seen on the screen and scrolls to the bottom to capture the image.
See Capturing a Window With Auto-scroll.
- Windows Clipboard Read more… Creates a new image based on whatever has been added to your Windows clipboard.
See Capturing an Image from the Windows Clipboard.
You can initiate capture actions using the following options:
- Shortcut Keys Read more… Open the application that you want to include in the image and press the appropriate shortcut keys on your keyboard to initiate an image capture.
- File and Edit Ribbons Read more... Click the red capture button to initiate an image capture region, or use the Capture drop-down to select a capture method first.
- Capture Menu Read more… Use the menu options in the Capture interface to initiate an image capture.
- Flare Interface Read more… If you are working on a project in MadCap Flare and want to capture and insert an image, you can initiate some types of image captures (e.g., Application, Region, UI Element) from within Flare.
Note: Normally, whenever you initiate the capture of an image, the capture always occurs immediately. However, you also have the option of delaying the capture for a certain number of seconds.
Note: As an alternative to capturing images, you can create new blank images that are based on profiles. See Creating New Images.
After you capture or open an image, it displays in the Capture Editor. You can then do the following: