As a person of the interwebs, I often need to place images in white spaces to better tell a story –like a inserting a photo of Ron Burgundy drinking milk into an IM to illustrate a point about making a bad choice.
But whether it's into an instant message, email, powerpoint, word doc, or into some creative tools like Photoshop or Illustrator, getting an image into something usually takes a few steps. Often people will save an image from the intertubes onto their desktop, then drag and drop, or attach into the place they want it. Waaaaay too complicated, obviously.
So. I've got Just the Tip for you nerds. Myself included. (Mac only, sorry PCs)
First, you'll need to know how to screenshot (most nerds know this already). On the Mac, there are a couple ways: screenshot a targeted selection or the whole damn screen. We'll be using the former. Using your handy dandy keyboard, press the keys Shift, Command, 4, in that order. Then begin to make your selection by clicking, hold it!, and dragging your mouse to make a box over the thing you wanna screenshot.
WAIT. Here's the kicker.
Before you release your finger from the mouse, take one of your other fingers (preferably on the other hand) and press and hold the Control button. Now release the mouse button to complete making the selection all the while holding down that control button. Ok, you can let go now.
Where'd it go?
To your clipboard man! Blam, I just blew your nerd mind. What's the clipboard you ask? I don't really know, but it's the place that things go to when you copy them and before you paste them. It's like computer purgatory. Your screenshot is now ready to be pasted. Try it in an IM to help illustrate a point (like a staredown from Ron Swanson), or in an email, word doc, or powerpoint. Maybe even Photoshop.
Extra Just the Tip Nerd Point: If you're bringing your screenshot into Photoshop AND you're creating a new Photoshop file, wait. Don't paste it just yet. In Photoshop, create a new file (Command, N). Photoshop will automatically know the exact pixel dimensions of your screenshot in clipboard purgatory. Simply click Ok, and paste your screenshot, fit perfectly to your new file.
Hope you enjoyed this edition of Just the Tip… for Nerds. Stay tuned for more or email me with your favorite tips and I'll illustrate them here, maybe with a screenshot?