This week's trick is a double whammy. First, in the event you're unfamiliar with how to screen-grab windows in OS X, we've got a quick refresher. Second, if you've done so, then you've probably noticed that it adds a subtle shadow around your images. The shadow looks nice sometimes, but may not always be appropriate (such as when you're snapping screenshots for use in publications like here at Mac|Life). If you've ever wanted to get rid of those shadows, then this article is for you.
Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Snapping screenshots is a pretty easy task in OS X, but not all of the screenshot options are available to you right from the keyboard shortcuts. Through the Terminal, however, you can take timed screenshots, copy the screenshot to the clipboard, and even mute the annoying shutter snap sound. In addition, this method can be used with SSH to capture those hard-to-get screenshots remotely, like the Mac OS X login window.
Follow along, and we’ll show you how to do this and more with the screencapture command in Terminal.