So I take a screenshot of an area with Command+Shift+4 but when I open the screenshot file in Paint X, the image's dimensions are far larger than the original area.

Is there any way to take a screenshot that looks exactly like the taken part of the screen?

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    Are you perhaps on a Retina MacBookPro and the screenshot is exactly twice as big in each dimension? Commented Jun 7, 2014 at 16:53
  • Yes, retina and I think yes twice.. @AlanShutko Commented Jun 7, 2014 at 17:00
  • What setting is your display in the system preferencs? Would you object to an automated solution to resize the snaps or recommendation for another tool that makes it easy?
    – bmike
    Commented Jun 7, 2014 at 17:04
  • just wondering what are your settings in Paint X. Also does it open as large in any other programs like Preview?
    – Ruskes
    Commented Jun 7, 2014 at 17:05
  • It is in the 4th position not the smallest but the one before that. I would really if all my taken screenshots were like 50% smaller by default. @bmike Commented Jun 7, 2014 at 17:05

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Screenshots taken on a Retina display will be twice the size as screenshots taken on a non-Retina display.

Most software such as Preview will compensate for this, however I'm unfamiliar with Paint X and doubt it is correctly showing the image rather than the image being 'wrong'. Try using software optimised for a Retina display.

If you want take screenshots for non-Retina displays, you can use RetinaCapture. Note that these screenshots at 100% on Retina displays in software optimised for Retina will be smaller than real size.

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    Exactly…the screenshots are exactly the same size as the display. The problem is with Paint X.
    – samh
    Commented Jun 7, 2014 at 18:32
  • When I open the taken screenshot with browser it is still double the size so I really need to resize them. Commented Jun 7, 2014 at 18:40
  • @Koray Added link to suitable app
    – grg
    Commented Jun 7, 2014 at 18:55

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