Mac OS X Screenshots w/o clutter

I take a ton of screenshots.

See something cool on the web: screenshot. See something I want to blog about: screenshot. Funky error condition: screenshot.

But it leaves a mess on my desktop: Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3, Picture 4 … you get the picture. (Ha. Ha.)

So it was very cool to see the secret-screen-capture tip on Apple’s new Pro website. This combination of keys takes a screenshot … and saves it immediately to your clipboard.

Meaning that you can take that screenshot, jump into Photoshop, and paste it right into a document. That’s cool – and that’s fast. So fast I thought I’d take a screenshot of the tip:

There’s only one problem: you need 13 fingers. (Well almost.) Here’s the key sequence:

  • Control-Command-Shift-3 (full screen screenshot)
  • Control-Command-Shift-4 (changer cursor into crosshairs; select portion of the screen you want to capture)

Sorta like this:

[tags] apple, mac, keyboard, screenshots, screen captures, john koetsier, photoshop [/tags]