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I can see how to use Gimp to crop part of an image in a image file, but I want to crop a portion of the screen. How do you do that?

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Applications, Accessories, Take Screenshot... Select area to grab.alt text

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Thank you for answering my basic question. I would have expected this to be in the "Graphics" menu with other image manipulations tools. – Bob Yoplait Dec 26 '10 at 9:44

Press PRINTSCREEN for a screenshot of the whole Desktop.

Press ALT + PRINTSCREEN for a screenshot of the current active Window.

Press SHIFT + PRINTSCREEN for a screenshot of a Region you select with your Mouse.

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Method 1:

  • Goto Applications>>Accessories>>Take Screenshot
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  • Now you can select the portion of a screen.

Method 2:

  • If you use shutter Applications>>Accessories>>Shutter
  • Open it and click selection in the top of the screen.
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  • Now you can select the portion of the screen.

Method 3:

  • Take a screenshot of a whole desktop by hitting printscreen.
  • Open the screenshot using GIMP.
  • Press SHIFT+C to crop the portion.
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This answer was perfect at the time it was written. But now this function is built in. See…. So @konrad's answer should be used NOW. – dayuloli Jan 30 '15 at 2:05

Well if you mean pressing the PRINT SCREEN button and THEN cropping with a console tool, then yo have mogrify to do that (by installing the imagemagick tools)

If you want to take a picture of a certain windows, select the window a leave ALT pressed while pressing the PRINT SCREEN key.

Using Compiz, you can zoom to an area using the SUPER key and scrolling inwards, then PRINT SCREEN.

In KDE you have ksnapshot which gives many abilities, one including taking a snapshot of a region.

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:) "mogrify"... It sounded like a slang term, but I just found out its an actual Linux command.. (and here is the word's etymology if you're interested... and I lke the compiz idea.. thanks – Peter.O Dec 26 '10 at 5:56

Shutter is also a great capturing application and it can crop a portion of the screen automatically.

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With imagemagick installed, you can type:

import filename.png

at the command prompt. It will give you a cross-hairs you can use to draw a rectangle on the screen which it will then capture.

(filename.png can be any graphics format.)

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scrot Install scrot

scrot (SCReen shOT) is a simple commandline screen capture utility that uses imlib2 to grab and save images. Multiple image formats are supported through imlib2's dynamic saver modules.

Run: scrot -s

-s, --select : Interactively select a window or rectangle with the mouse.

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Just wanted to add that you can now type shift+printscreen to select an area to print.

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If you want to use GIMP to capture only part of a shot of the display screen, then use File - Acquire - Screenshot - Select region to grab - Snap. Left-click on the screen, hold button down, drag to form a rectangle, and release the mouse button to capture an image of the selected portion of the screen.

Note that different versions of GIMP use different command menu sequences, e.g. "Acquire" may be labelled "Create".

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If you're using GNOME, the imgur screenshot uploader is pretty great. It sits in the top bar. It gives you the option to drag and select an area, select a window, or select a desktop to screenshot. It'll automatically upload the screenshot and give you the link to it.

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I write a bash simulate key shortcut Cmd+Shift+4 in OSX for fast crop screen. What make this shortcut useful because it reduce the number of step to create a crop image. You just need call Ctrl+Shift+4 and drag, file cropped auto save with name format by time created, no popup, typing name etc needed.

  1. add key shortcut Ctrl+Shift+4 in Custom key shortcut. Command link to your bash (eg: /home/nickfarrow/bin/
  2. Install scrot tool (similar import tool in imagemagick)
  3. add bash to crop screen using scrot or import (need imagemagick): like:

    #! /bin/bash
    DATE=$(date +"%Y-%m-%d_%H_%M_%S")
    scrot -s ~/bin/crop/$DATE.png

~/bin/crop is the folder store crop image.

(Sorry for my English) Hope this help.

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