For those of you who enjoyed creating Abstract Art using Miltos Manetas’ website (from yesterday’s post), there is a way to save your creation, even though the website itself doesn’t give you a way to do that. You can take a picture of all or part of your computer screen using “screen shots” or “screen captures.” While this isn’t exactly a secret, I’m sure there are a few people out there who don’t realize you can do this…. and if you don’t already know about this, you should!! I use this function just about every day to do a variety of things…. once you start experimenting with it, the possibilities are endless!
Let’s say you just created some Abstract Art and you want to save it to share with your friends. On a Mac, use the shortcut “Control + Shift + F + 4” and move the pointer to a corner of the area you want to capture. Then click and drag the pointer across the area you want and release the mouse button. Voila! You will find the picture you just took on your desktop, ready to add to emails, post on your blog or use in a million other ways.
On a PC, well…. it’s almost that easy, but there are just a few more steps involved, so visit the graphics software page of About.com and I will let them tell you how!