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How to capture a screen shot of a screen saver System
The new Mosaic feature screen saver in 10.5 is amazing, and I wanted to have a screen capture of it. Of course, when you try to screen capture, it exits the screen saver. The way around this is to press Command-Shift first, then hit the Test button in the Screen Saver panel of the Destkop & Screen Saver System Preferences panel.

Then wait for the shot you want (still holding Command and Shift), then press 3. For some reason, this doesn't end the screen saver until you let go of Command-Shift, so you can press 3 as many times as you want.

[robg adds: This works in 10.4 and 10.5.]
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How to capture a screen shot of a screen saver
Authored by: ctierney on Nov 16, '07 03:42:03PM
Here's a technique I use to take screen shots of elusive images like system menus for application documentation. In the terminal:
sleep 5 ; screencapture -m ~/desktop/image.pdf

After entering the above, you've got 5 seconds to setup whatever you want a picture of. I think it would also work with a screen saver, but I haven't tried (I'm still in 10.3.9 which is why this example captures as pdf).

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How to capture a screen shot of a screen saver
Authored by: UtahRugbyGuy on May 26, '10 02:57:10AM

I realize this post is really old but I just came across it and someone else who comes across it might find this useful. I tried the original code using Terminal but I ran into a couple problems.

1) 5 seconds isn't enough delay to do a screen cap of your screen saver because it takes a few more seconds to load ...especially if your screen saver is the iTunes artwork (about 12 seconds).
2) When it saved, it told me the PDF format wasn't recognizable so I changed it to the default format that screen capture normally uses, which is .tiff

...so, here's what I used in Terminal and it worked perfectly:

sleep 15 ; screencapture -m ~/desktop/image.tiff

(although, when I double-clicked the TIFF it wouldn't open in Photoshop. You have to drag it to open in Preview and then save out as a JPEG or whatever)



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How to capture a screen shot of a screen saver
Authored by: davepenick on Nov 16, '07 04:59:47PM

Can you tell me where to find Mosaic?



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How to capture a screen shot of a screen saver
Authored by: kostia on Nov 16, '07 08:14:19PM

Desktop & Screen Saver preference pane
Choose an iPhoto album or folder of pictures
Click the rightmost of the three buttons over "Display Style"

The first time, it builds a database, then it uses all the photos from your iPhoto library (or maybe your whole Pictures folder) to create a mosaic of one of the photos in the selected album.



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How to capture a screen shot of a screen saver
Authored by: NB on Nov 17, '07 01:24:53AM

I didn't see that feature ! That's quite impressive…
Actually, I'm really impressed by the speed of it : I know of two little apps that create mosaics using your iphoto library… but they take minutes to render *a single image* on my iMac C2D !

Speaking of nice screensavers, I thik I remember that when Steve Jobs first presented Leopard at WWDC 2006, he showed a 3D iTunes screensaver (that turned your iTunes covers into the famous "1000 songs" iTunes ad) as a demo of CoreAnimation… But where is this screensaver? Lost before the GM?



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How to capture a screen shot of a screen saver
Authored by: cybergoober on Dec 05, '07 05:57:33PM

I believe that iTunes artwork thing was just a Core Animation demo.



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How to capture a screen shot of a screen saver
Authored by: davepenick on Nov 17, '07 08:18:51PM

Thanks very much.



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How to capture a screen shot of a screen saver
Authored by: sorahn on Nov 19, '07 12:56:21AM

now if only we could figure out how to just use this to just make mosaics. I don't want a screensaver, i want desktops. but i'd like to be able to choose the source image.

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