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BLAP (Blog Long and Prosper): Images for Blogging

The best way to show you how I work with images may be simply to show you in a video.   In this video, I show you how to copy a window and paste it into an email and save it to a file, then also how to drag and right-click on images in a browser to save them to your desktop.  Finally, I show you Snipping Tool which is handy for grabbing any part of your screen of pre-cropping an image before you save it.    I apologize for the audio – my honkin’ fast machine (good for graphics and editing video) is really loud.  I’m taking a decibel meter with me to buy my next machine.  Text description for each op is below.

I suggest you watch this video at full screen (click the right-most icon on the bottom control bar) so you can see what I’m doing with my cursor.

 

 

I use Microsoft Paint and Snipping Tool for most of my rudimentary image work for blogging – both are found in Windows by clicking Start | Programs | Accessories.  Drag a copy of the launch icon out onto your desktop and perhaps from there onto your launch bar – you may be using them a lot!

If you want to capture an entire window on your screen with your window borders, hold down your Ctrl and Alt keys together and tap PrtScr key. This copies the window onto your clipboard and you can them paste it into an email or into Paint to save as a file. If you want your entire screen and not just the current window, hold down the Ctrl and SHIFT keys while you tap the PrtScr key. This will put your entire screen on your clipboard; both in one image if you have two screens.

If you are using Chrome or Firefox, you can save discrete images from your browser just by dragging them to your desktop. If you are using another browser, you’ll have to right click right on the image then choose ‘Save Image As…’ from the context menu.

If you right-click on an ‘image’ and don’t get ‘save as…’ or ‘save image as…’ as one of your choices then you are probably clicking on a Shock Wave Flash object and will have to use Snipping Tool to capture the graphic.

For copy and paste operations (both text and graphics) you highlight what you wish to copy, hold the Ctrl key down and tap the C key once.  To paste, position your cursor where you wish to paste, hold your Ctrl key down, and tap the V key once.  C and V happen to be right next to each other on the keyboard, so it’s easy and convenient.

Snipping Tool is just too hard to explain in text, but is very easy to learn from the video or just by trying it.  If you feel you just got yourself into trouble, just hit the Esc key.

Wondering what software I used to capture the video?   CamStudio, which is free.

Ron Robinsonhttp://www.procinct.net
Ron Robinson (Alhambra, CA) is founder of PROCINCT.net, a national internet platform that broke the party Voter Vault/PDI monopoly and delivered precinct walk lists in the 2010 election for over 16 million voters in wards in 20 US states. PROCINCT.net added Precinct Committeeman (PC) Strategy support in Dec of 2010 and is rapidly emerging as a premier online Precinct Strategy resource having worked directly with party and election officials in states to remove local obstacles to becoming a Precinct Committeeman. He is GOP Chair for the AD49 GOP Central Committee, a member of the Los Angeles County GOP Central Committee and a member of the LA GOP Technology Committee. Robinson worked as New Media Director for the John Colbert campaign for US Congress. He is an expert in social media and internet security and an outspoken advocate of precinct committee work, GOTV work, and transparency in party governance.

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