A fellow demonstrator had asked, how do they use "part" of an image in a PDF file. These instructions will work for other types of files as well. And you do not have to be a demonstrator to use the tutorials here on this blog.

Okay, here we go:

  1. Open the PDF in the Acrobat Reader (which is free)  and is probably already on your computer if you can view PDFs. If not, you can download the Adobe Acrobat Reader free at www.adobe.com.

  2. Reduce the zoom so you can see the image on your  screen.

  3. Do a Print Screen (for Windows, this is the Prnt Scrn button on your keyboard, or for many laptops you have to hold down the Fn  (function) key in addition to the Prnt Scrn). This takes a snapshot of you  entire screen. For Macs there is a print screen or capture function as well but I don't know it off the top of my head – sorry!

  4. Open MS Paint or other photo eding program (like Photoshop or Photoshop Elements). Paste the screen image into a new file. Then use the Crop tool to "crop" the image so only the image you desire is left.  MS Paint is a free program for  Windows (Start Menu, Programs, Accessories, Paint is the program name).  Or  you may even be able to paste is as is into MS Word and then use MS Word's  Picture toolbar to crop the image!  If you don't see the Picture toolbar in Word when you paste in the image and click on the image/select it, then go to  the View Menu, Toolbars, and then choose the Picture toolbar from the list. So,  however you can crop the image.

  5. Once cropped, the image is now ready to be copied into another program or you can simply save the image to your computer (File->Save As).

Other demonstrators have noted some other cool tools to do "screen capturing" or "image selecting".

By Debbie Prematta:

 I just discovered last week that Adobe Reader 7.0 has a built in feature for capturing a picture
 from a .pdf file.  If you open the Reader and look at the toolbar at the top of the screen (where
your Save, Print and Zoom icons are) you should see one that looks like a camera with a dotted
square around it.  If you click on this icon you can "drag" around the area you want to copy and
when you let go of the mouse button it will make a noise and copy that area to your clipboard.
Now you can open your program (Publisher, Photoshop, MS Paint, etc.) and include that snagged portion into your
document by pasting.

By Susan Amante:

A free software I totally love is ScreenHunter, http://www.wisdom-soft.com/sh/sh_free.htm.  You capture only that you want from your screen, so it's cropped!

You can store the image as either JPG or BMP.

Other, related tutorials:

Getting images for your sidebar:


Creating sidebar images:


Tutorial on creating a watermark in Photoshop:



FREE program for PC to resize images, crop images and add watermark and more:



FREE iWatermark program tutorial for the Mac.



Another FREE program, GIMP for PC and Mac tutorials:


Hope this helps!

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