Category Archives: Productivity

Mac OSX Screenshot/Screengrab Shortcut Keys

I can never seem to remember these, so this is really for my reference:

  • Command-Control-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it to the clipboard
  • Command-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Control-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it to the clipboard
  • Command-Control-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it to the clipboard

Originally posted at MacRumors.

Use Firefox’s address bar to search like Google Chrome

Searching direclty from the address bar in Firefox like in Google Chrome

Firefox’s default search behaviour for when you type keywords into the address bar has always bugged me. It sends you straight to Google’s ‘I’m feeling lucky’ result.

I don’t like being lucky. I like to know where I’m going before I go there.

To change Firefox  so it behaves like Google Chrome (eg you can search directly from the address bar) do this:

  • Type about:config into your address bar
  • In the small filter box, type keyword.URL
  • Right click the keyword.URL value and click “Modify”. Enter the following URL into the popup box (you would want to copy this URL before clicking Modify):
    http://www.google.co.uk/search?btnG=Google+Search&q=

The above instructions were poached from this post, but slightly modified to use Google’s UK search site. Thanks to TechZilo for that.

Fastest way to cut out hair and fine edges in Photoshop CS4 – the Extract filter

So I had to cut out 10 people’s head shots at work and wanted to find the quickest, most easiest way to do this. In the past I remember using a combination of the magic wand and lasso tools, and it took forever. A quick search of the interweb brought a multitude of tutorials in involving complex paths, channels, and all kinds of elaborate methods that seemed very long and colluded to perform what must be one of the most commonly-needed tasks for the Photoshop professional.

And that’s when I discovered the ‘Extract’ filter. Or rather, when I discovered that the ‘Extract’ filter was no longer included in CS4. Shocking, as it’s such a useful tool.

Nonetheless this excellent and easy to use filter is available for download from Adobe here for Mac and here for Windows. All you have to do is drop the filter into your plugins folder and restart Photoshop. It’s then available under the ‘Filter’ menu.

At some point I’ll create a shorter video than this one I found on Youtube, but at 5 mins it should give you an excellent primer: