I recently got a retina display MacBook, and all my screenshots (via ⌘ CMD+⇧ SHIFT+3 or ⌘ CMD+⇧ SHIFT+4) end up being twice the size compared to how they appear on-screen.
How can I stop this from happening?
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Here is the most convenient solution (Taken from http://www.quora.com/How-can-I-get-my-retina-Mac-to-not-take-screenshots-that-are-too-big and modified a bit)
Use OsX embedded Automator to downsize screenshots automatically after they taken.
Here is saved workflow file
This is how I handle it. It's convoluted, but it works, and doesn't interrupt my screen-grab -> paste workflow wildly... I just screengrab, call an alfred workflow, and then paste.
CMD-CTRL-SHIFT-4 will capture a section of the screen. That section is copied to the OSX clipboard. Then I launch a script in terminal to save the clipboard contents to a temporary file, resize by half (72 dpi is half of 144 dpi), and copy the image back to the clipboard. This requires the use of several utilities - if someone knows of a way to accomplish this same feat with one simple utility please let me know.
I launch this script from Alfred to make it easy to get to:
#!/bin/bash pngpaste /tmp/ss.png width=$((`sips -g pixelWidth /tmp/ss.png | cut -s -d ':' -f 2 | cut -c 2-` / 2)) sips -Z $width /tmp/ss.png impbcopy /tmp/ss.png
LifeHacker had an article on sips http://lifehacker.com/5962420/batch-resize-images-quickly-in-the-os-x-terminal that I referenced, as well as this gist: gist.github.com/lanceli/4966207.
For Alfred, I just made a workflow that runs this as a bash script:
/Users/yourusername/bin/shrink_clipboard > /dev/null 2&>1
If you have a non-Retina external monitor, drag the application window there and take the screenshot. That's what I do most of the time.
This only works in browsers. Press ⌘CMD+- a couple of times to shrink your font to 50%, then screencap.
Obviously the layout may change a bit, but it may be ok depending on your needs.
Your best bet is to use a third party utility like RetinaCapture.
This is quite cumbersome to use, but gives you what you're looking for, and provides the option for generating both 1x and 2x screen captures at the same time, which is helpful if you're building a website:
I expect that there is a setting somewhere to do this (
com.apple.screencapture seems the best candidate); but I can't find it.
I used a hybrid of Dan Key and JustinParker's answers and created an Automator workflow that executed a bash script.
This makes a copy of the original file, and it also accepts multiple inputs. Simply export as an application and then drag-and-drop anything into it to get a "non-retina" version of it at 72ppi and half the pixel resolution.
The bash code is:
for f in "$@" do width=$((`sips -g pixelWidth "$f" | cut -s -d ':' -f 2 | cut -c 2-` / 2)) sips -s dpiHeight 72.0 -s dpiWidth 72.0 -Z $width "$f" done
When you say your screenshots "end up" twice the size, I suspect you're sending them to people who are viewing them on non-retina displays. If so, that's to be expected – the pixel density on your display is higher, so when they view a screenshot taken from your machine on theirs, it'll appear physically larger.
One workaround for this, if you're sending the screenshots via OS X Mail, is to set the Image Size setting for attached images to "Large" instead of "Actual Size." That'll scale down the attached image such that it'll appear "normal" when viewed on a non-retina display.
use the following addon for firefox
There are some great answers here, but I wanted something a little more optional and a little less automatic.
I created a new Service in Automator called Create Non-Retina Version which can be called from right clicking on any image file in Finder.
Here's how it's used:
1. Find retina image.
2. Right click on retina image and find our new Service at the bottom.
3. Non-Retina (50% scaled) image gets generated.
It's easy enough to create yourself (man, Automator is a hidden and neglected gem in MacOS) but here is the workflow that you can download and double click to install.
Monosnap can do this quite well. There is an advanced setting "Shrink Retina snaps".
It has a similar capture area shortcut ⌥ Option+⌘ CMD+5 which copies the image to your clipboard.
Other than that it can do a lot more, such as screen recordings and directly uploading your screen grabs to the web for easy sharing.