Capturing screen shots for a book.

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Trying to do some screen captures for a book. Grabbing the images is fine; have tried saving both JPG and TIF and those are o.k. The images all look fine on my end.

The problem is...the publisher says that the images are tiny and unusable on their end. I'm not expert at images, pixels, resolution and DPI. I've been capturing at 600DPI if that matters. Supposedly they're saying that on my end the images look fine because they're being auto-sized for the computer screen whereas they're setting it up for print format.

O.K. so...how is it that something I screen grab that is a couple inches wide by several inches tall on my screen comes out 2/3 of an inch square on the other end? Any tips for what SnagIt settings I need to change so that my images get captured and saved in a format so that they'll be the right size when they get to print?
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Posted 7 years ago

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Here is an article we have on this very topic :
http://techsmith.custhelp.com/app/ans...

To summarize, basically images on a screen are 96DPI, pixels on a printer are at least 300DPI, so to make something appear the same size on the printer you have to increase the size of the image by at least 300% ( 300/96 ).

The DPI option in Snagit is misleading because it doesn't actually change the image, it changes the way we print the image, but not how another program would print it.

Your best bet is to scale the image up by about 300% so that there are enough pixels in it to print.
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Ben Schorr

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Thanks Adam that's helpful!
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3 years ago?  crap!  Have people stopped using this JUST as I bought it?  All I want to do is take screen shots on my mac and the mac easy way doesn't work (CMMD - Shift - 3) so I bought Snagit JUST for that purpose.  But I have a mac and I cannot figure it out at all!  I thought this was a simple little program.  NOT.  :)

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