RE: FW: How to display graphics clearly on screen and on print?

Subject: RE: FW: How to display graphics clearly on screen and on print?
From: "Humphries, Ola" <Ola -dot- Humphries -at- Energy -dot- Sungard -dot- com>
To: 'Edgar D' Souza' <edgar -dot- b -dot- dsouza -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2006 08:31:13 -0500

I like Paint because it is automatically placed in my workspace wherever I
happen to be. Also, all the SMEs and developers know how to PrintScreen and
save to Paint to send me a screencapture that I can use.
I use PhotoImpact for downsizing and for other graphic manipulations, but
that's out of habit over long years. Also, I did use MS Photo Editor at one
time to make "transparent gifs" for a Website I had. So, there are many
choices out there.


-----Original Message-----
From: Edgar D' Souza [mailto:edgar -dot- b -dot- dsouza -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2006 12:38 AM
To: Humphries, Ola
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: FW: How to display graphics clearly on screen and on print?

Beautiful explanation, thanks!
One question: what about using other image manipulation tools instead
of Paint - MS Photo Editor/Photoshop/GIMP/GIMPShop/ACDSee (have I got
that right?) or others? Common sense says they're probably equivalent,
but I thought I better ask, since I just got bitten by JPG! :)


On 8/9/06, Humphries, Ola <Ola -dot- Humphries -at- energy -dot- sungard -dot- com> wrote:
> Screenshots should always be in a bitmap format (bmp, gif, and png are
> bitmap formats), as they are originally bitmaps anyway. Use jpgs for
> or other similar graphics.
> Here's how to make a png graphic to insert into FrameMaker or RoboHelp:
> First, use the Control Panel > Display function to set your screen image
> display for the graphics and resolution you like best.
> Once you have populated the image you need, grab it by clicking the Print
> Screen button on the keypad.
> Paste the image into Paint and trim it to include only those objects you
> actually want. You can then save it directly into a png format, though
> may sometimes change the color of the image. I think that Paint has gotten
> more sophisticated as of late and it may be that you can save directly out
> of Paint into a png. Try downsizing to a 256 colored bmp first to see how
> that affects the color.
> I always save it as a bmp file, then open this file in PhotoImpact to
> downsize it to 256 colors and then save as a png file from there. If
> sure you won't need the color, you could experiment with reducing the
> range even further to get a smaller image size.
> Save the file with a consistent name in your graphics directory and from
> there import by reference into Frame or paste directly into Word or use
> RoboHelp.
> This method is a simple one and uses readily available tools. The pngs
> produced are absolutely the smallest graphics images possible and still
> retain high printable quality that also works well when the documents are
> made into PDFs.
> Ola Humphries
> SunGard Energy Systems, Houston, TX

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