Improving OS X Screenshots

OS X screenshots are pretty good out of box, but a few tweaks make them much more suitable for blogging.

Reduce Desktop Clutter

Screenshots can clutter up the desktop fast. So, I prefer to put them in a sub-folder. To do this, create a screenshots folder on the desktop and run the following in the Terminal app.

$ defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ~/Desktop/screenshots
$ killall SystemUIServer

Disable Drop Shadows

When taking screenshots of a single Window (CMD+CTRL+SHIFT+4 followed by space), OSX adds drop shadows. I don’t care for them, because they throw off my formatting.

With Drop Shadow Without Drop Shadow
Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 5.31.29 PM Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 5.39.23 PM

To disable drop shadows, run the following in the Terminal app.

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

 

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