How to take Mac OS like screenshots on Windows

Taking screenshots is a basic task, but windows screenshot-taking functionality is pretty much limited. If you are a Mac OS user then you’d know how beautiful its screenshots look. The thing that makes it more visually good is the drop shadow around the edges which makes it stand out on any background. While in Windows, it simply captures the whole screen when you press the Win+PrtSc combo & saves it inside the Pictures folder without any visual edits. You need to open an editing program like MS-Paint/Paint 3D or Photoshop to add markups & adding drop shadow-like effects. In this article, you will see how to take Mac OS Screenshots on Windows & edit them to make them look beautiful.

We are using two software to achieve Mac OS like a screenshot on Windows. First is Photoshop, which is a paid software & it allows you to add drop shadows as per your preference. While the other is Greenshot, a free software, but its features are limited and it won’t allow you to adjust the drop shadow effect on your screenshot. So do keep this in mind.

Ways to take Mac OS-like screenshots in Windows:

METHOD 1- Using Photoshop: A popular photo manipulation program for Windows by Adobe Software

  • First of all, take a regular screenshot on your windows machine & save it as an image file.
  • Once you have saved the screenshot, open that image in Adobe Photoshop. You can open your image either by dragging it into Adobe Photoshop or simply right click on the image & select ‘Adobe Photoshop‘ from the ‘Open With‘ menu.
  • Once your image is opened in Photoshop, you need to convert that image into a layer by tapping on the ‘Lock‘ icon inside the layers panel. Otherwise, go to the Layers panel (usually on the bottom right of the software) & double tap on the image inside the layer panel. This will open another dialog box for confirmation, tap on OK.mac screenshot windows 7
  • After this, you need to resize the image inside the canvas. For that hit ‘CTRL + T‘, you will now be able to resize the image. Press Alt & Shift together, then use your mouse pointer to resize the image, leaving space for the drop shadow effect inside the canvas. Once resizing is done hit Enter & you are ready to work on the image.mac screenshot windows 8
  • Hit CTRL + J to duplicate the layer & then tap on ‘Eye‘ to hide the main layer. Now select the layer you want to work on & double tap on it, to open layer options. Alternatively, you can go to Layers panel > Layer Style > Drop Shadow to access the drop shadow menu.mac screenshot windows 9
  • You will now see another window with lots of layer options. From there, select ‘Drop Shadow‘ & set the angle to ‘90‘ degrees. Now play with the options to get the desired result.
  • If you are satisfied with the result, go to File Menu > Export > Quick Export as PNG and save the image at the desired location with the desired name. You can now use this image of a screenshot anywhere.mac screenshot windows 10

METHOD 2- Using Greenshot: A third-party screenshot-taking tool.

Greenshot is an advanced tool that can take a screenshot, and lets you edit them with loads of options before saving or sharing. You can add texts, markups & effects on your screenshot using Greenshot software.

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Since there is no initial GUI of this app, you can find it inside the Windows taskbar with the Greenshot icon. Tapping on it will open a drop-down menu, where you see the default shortcuts to take various kinds of screenshots. You can also define different shortcuts for every kind of screenshot as per your preference. (By default, you can use the PrtSc button to take a screenshot of your desired region)mac screenshot windows 3

How to take MacOS like Screenshot on Greenshot?

  • First of all download & install GreenShot software on your system. It’s free open-source software, which can change the way you take screenshots on your Windows PC.mac screenshot windows 1
  • Once you have taken the screenshot of the desired area of your Windows desktop, Greenshot will show a drop-down menu with various options to choose from. Choose ‘Open in image editor‘.mac screenshot windows 4
  • Now look for the “Effects” option & choose “Drop Shadow” from it. This will add a drop shadow around your screenshot & make it look popped out from the background.mac screenshot windows 5
  • And once you are done with the editing part, simply save the screenshot with the desired name & you are good to go.mac screenshot windows 6

Final Words: How to take Mac OS-like screenshots on Windows

Using these two methods, you can add a beautiful drop shadow around your screenshots. Drop shadow does make your screenshot stand out from the background & make it visually appealing. (Look at the images posted in this post that have that drop shadow effect by the Greenshot app)

Hope this article helps you in taking Mac OS-like Screenshots on Windows. For any help, use the comment section below.

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Anubhav Bhatnagar
Anubhav Bhatnagar
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