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How to do beautiful print screens, with shadows on the border, like this image:this image? Is the shadows automatic? A Mac tool? or do I need to manipulate the image in other programs like Adobe Photoshop?

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+1 surprisingly i found out that not many people knew about this nifty feature in Mac OS X – user6124 May 25 '11 at 14:46
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No, you do not need to. This feature is built into Mac OS X.

To do this, press +Shift+4 then press Space. The selector will then change into a camera icon, and you can take a screenshot of the selected window with a shadow.

screenshot of screenshotting

(I couldn't capture the camera icon)

End result: end product

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+1 - I didn't know about the space option. Man, that's an ugly camera icon. – michaelmichael May 25 '11 at 14:41
To make it easier, the spacebar doesn't have to be pressed right in the sequence like that: Cmd-Shift-4 [release] gives you the crosshairs, after which you can press and release the spacebar. – Matthew Frederick May 25 '11 at 14:48
That's a lot of junk you have on your Desktop. – Jason Salaz May 26 '11 at 16:31
Extra modifiers: Ctrl, capture to clipboard, Cmd-N in Preview will create a new window containing the screenshot; Option, eliminate the drop shadow – Harvey Oct 20 '14 at 18:07
You can get the camera icon by capturing a screen recording using Quicktime. It has to be the whole screen, though. Then grab a screenshot of a frame from the movie. If you try to just record a portion of the screen, then there's an invisible window floating above all others and when you hit Space, it'll highlight the whole screen in blue. – Harvey Oct 20 '14 at 18:16

Actually I prefer NOT to capture with the shadow at all. There is a command line procedure for suppressing the shadows, but you can accomplish the same thing through the GUI of TinkerTool.

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Install TinkerTool and then under its "General" tab, un-check the box next to "Include shadow when capturing window".

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TinkerTool basically does just defaults write disable-shadow -bool true. You can disable shadows for single screenshots with screencapture -i -W -o. (-i = interactive, -W = window selection mode.) – user495470 Aug 10 '11 at 13:30
Thanks for the explanation. While I can certainly perform command-line operations, I highly value tools like TinkerTool, MacPilot, Cocktail and DeepVacuum, which can do all sorts of command-line functions for me in a nice, simple GUI that organizes many parameters of many applications together in one place. – user9290 Aug 10 '11 at 20:02

The shadows aren't automatic. There is a free tool called ImageShadowAdder that can do these for you.

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The shadows are automatic if you press space and capture just a window. – Ian C. May 25 '11 at 14:48
Hmm. New one for me. Thanks! – RobZolkos May 25 '11 at 23:03

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