Is it even possible? I understand it's possible for a window, when you press space after Cmd-Shift-4. I want shadow on my selected area screenshot, so it doesn't blend with the rest of the page/email/text/etc?

This page seems to be on the topic but still doesn't have an answer I'm looking for. http://guides.macrumors.com/Taking_Screenshots_in_Mac_OS_X

  • I don't think it's possible with the built-in functionality, but there's a bunch of tools out there that do this kind of stuff, including the cursor in the screenshot, etc.
    – digory doo
    Jul 28 '15 at 6:47

Grab doesn't generate the shadow when a Window is copied, it copies the shadow that the OS has already applied to each window.

However, If you want to apply a shadow to your screen shots it can be done with extra steps using other applications.

If you have Keynote or Pages installed, you can replicate it with a few steps.

  • Open Keynote or Pages (instructions same after this point)
  • Select a template. The background does not matter but white shows your work better
  • Drag or paste in your screenshot. Note: Using control++shift+4 you can send your screenshot directly to the clipboard.
  • Apply a drop shadow to your image
  • Select and copy just the image and paste it into your email or desired location.

See images below:

Original Screenshot:


Keynote modification:




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