Monday, February 02, 2009

Disable drop shadow on OS X screen shots

Recently I found myself doing numerous screenshots on OS X. While the drop-shadow effect that gets included in the resulting PNG files looks nice on screen, it tends to come out rather bad on black and white printouts. As there is no GUI setting for this one has to use the "defaults" command on a terminal:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true
killall SystemUIServer

Instead of killing the SystemUIServer process you could also log out and back in. To restore the shadow, just delete this property again:

defaults delete com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow
killall SystemUIServer

Oh, and just in case you did not know: These are the keyboard shortcuts to take screen shots in the first place:

  • Fullscreen: Shift-Cmd-3
  • Rahmen: Shift-Cmd-4
  • Fenster: Shift-Cmd-4, Space
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1 comment:

Sunny said...

Super, genau das brauchte ich jetzt fuer ein Projekt. Ich musste massig Screenshots machen und nachtraeglich den drop shadow auszuschneiden in Photoshop war keine gute Loesung.

Danke aus den USA,
Alex