May 252012
 

How do I get an image like the map below for my travel blog?  I use Picasa’s Screen Capture feature.

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It’s just SO easy!  As long as you have Picasa open, when you press the PrtSc (PrintScreen) key on your keyboard, a copy of the current screen becomes a picture in your [Screen Captures] folder.  See past article on Screen Captures for more detail. On a Macintosh the Print Screen key is Command/Shift/3 – but it’s a little different, and last I knew Picasa didn’t work with it like it does on the PC. (according to comments below – this works just fine on Mac)

So, I start with Google Maps and get directions for the line I want drawn.  I press the PrtSc key and now I have the following image that I can work with in Picasa.

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I crop it to just what I want, then I use the Vignette feature to put a blue shadow frame on it, and I export it to a folder just for my blog pictures.

Voila!

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I think maps are a great addition to travel blogs.  Whether you use Google Maps, or Mapquest, or Streets and Trips.  If you can see the map you want on the screen, then just use the screen capture feature to turn it into an image you can use like any other picture.

p.s. I just posted a member tutorial video showing this process of screen capture, editing the map, exporting and uploading to Blogger:
Making a Map with Screen Capture

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