PicPick – Image capture and editing
PicPick is a free image editor for capturing images (creating screenshots), creating and editing images. PicPick has built-in additional graphical tools that enhance the functionality of the application.
The program for creating screenshots PicPick, in addition to the function of creating screenshots, has an image editor with which captions, shapes, or other necessary elements are added to the resulting image.
Almost all users have encountered situations when it is necessary to take a screenshot of the entire Desktop, a window of a running application, a website window, or a specific area of the screen. To do this, use the appropriate keyboard shortcuts, or the Scissors tool built into Windows .
Many users use more powerful third-party apps to take screenshots. PicPick is a multifunctional screen capture app.
The main features of the PicPick program:
- image capture;
- image editor;
- use of effects: brightness control, watermarks, shadows, frames, etc.
- graphic tools: ruler, magnifying glass, slate board, goniometer, crosshair, color under the cursor, color palette.
To download the PicPick program, go to the official website of the developer. Two versions of the program are offered for downloading to a computer: a regular installation version and a portable version of PicPick Portable, which does not need to be installed on a computer. The portable version of the program is launched from a folder.
The PicPick program works in Russian on the Windows operating system, the application is free for non-commercial use.
After starting, the main window of the PicPick program will open in English. Enter the “File” menu, click on “Program Options” in the context menu, then in the “Program Options” window, in the “General” tab, in the “Language” section, select the Russian language, and then click on the “OK” button.
The PicPick interface will switch to Russian.
PicPick main window
In the main PicPick window, at the top right of the window, there is a menu for managing the application. The central part of the window is occupied by an area for selecting the necessary actions in the program.
It is proposed to select tasks for working in the PicPick program: “New Task”, “Screen Capture”, “Graphic Tools”. These sections contain buttons for performing practical tasks.
When choosing “New Task”, you can create a new image, or open an existing image.
To create a screenshot, in the “Screen Capture” section, you must click on the button that corresponds to the desired type of screenshot.
To launch graphical tools, you need to click on the button of the corresponding tool to perform the necessary actions.
Check the box next to “Do not show this window when starting the program” in order not to open the “PicPick Image Editor” window every time, but immediately proceed to the desired operation.
In the main window of the “PicPick Image Editor” enter the “File” menu, then “Program Settings”. In the “Settings” window, in the “Main” tab, configure the main parameters for the program to work.
Set the default application launch options:
- Image Editor – Opens the main PicPick Image Editor window.
- Floating Widget – Launches a widget that moves anywhere on the screen.
- Icon in the notification area — the program is controlled from the icon in the notification area.
Choose the most convenient option for you, and then proceed to perform tasks in the program.
This is how the floating PicPick widget looks on the monitor screen.
If necessary, you can run the application with the start of Windows.
In the settings, in the “Keys” tab, “hot” keys are indicated for performing certain actions in the program. Here, certain keyboard shortcuts are already assigned, which can be changed to others.
Presets in PicPick
Before creating a screenshot, it makes sense to make some preliminary settings in order to create screenshots in the future, without choosing settings, taking pictures according to a specific template.
Click on the PicPick icon in the notification area, click on the “Screen Capture” context menu item.
Next, the next submenu will open, in which click on the “Received snapshot” item. After that, another submenu will open, in which you should choose what to do with the screenshot.
Select one of the options: Edit in PicPick (default), Copy to Clipboard, Save to File, Print, Upload to Web Page, Upload to Cloud, Send to Facebook”, “Send to Twitter”, “Send by Mail (Outlook)”, “Upload to FPT Server”, “Open in Microsoft Word”, “Open in Microsoft Excel”, “Open in Microsoft PowerPoint”, “Send to Skype”, “Open in external program”, or select the order of automatic saving.
In the second submenu, under “Default Image Format”, select the graphic format for saving screen images:
- BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF.
By default, the “PNG” format is selected in the program for saving screenshots, which makes sense to change to “JPG”.
After completing the preliminary settings, proceed to take a screenshot.
Taking a screenshot in PicPick
Taking a screenshot in PicPick is most convenient from the icon in the notification area or using a floating widget.
Right-click on the icon in the notification area, or click on the desired button in the PicPick widget window.
Select the monitor screen capture type. The following options are available in PicPick:
- Full Screen – A screenshot of the full screen of the monitor.
- Active window – captures an image in the active window.
- Window element – a snapshot of a single element in the active window.
- Scrolling window – capturing a scrolling window (used to capture the entire page of a website, including the part of the website that is not visible on the screen).
- Selection – a screenshot of a manually selected rectangular area of the screen.
- Fixed area – captures a fixed area of the screen at the selected size.
- Custom area — a screenshot of an area with custom borders.
- Previous selection – Screen capture with previous options.
To create a snapshot, click on the context menu item corresponding to the screenshot type (or on the corresponding widget button), or use the hotkeys, having previously configured their parameters in the program settings.
Depending on the selected settings, the screenshot will be opened in the PicPick program window for further editing, copied to the clipboard, saved to a file, or sent to the destination.
On an image opened in the PicPick editor window, you can add text, shapes, insert a stamp, draw objects, erase an unwanted area of the image, select an area, fill it with a different color, add effects, etc.
In this screenshot, I’ve added text and red arrows.
After processing the screenshot in the PicPick editor, perform the necessary actions: the image into one of the supported formats (PNG, BMP, JPG, GIF, PDF), print it, open it in office programs, publish it on social networks.
To edit, open a screenshot in the PicPick window, or any other image in a supported format. Perform the necessary actions in the tabs of the application: add effects, change colors, insert elements, and so on.
After editing is complete, save the image or send it to the destination.
PicPick has built-in graphical tools that add additional features to the program.
Color under cursor
The “Color under the cursor” tool is designed to determine the color of a single point (pixel) under the mouse cursor. This feature is in demand by users involved in graphic design, web development, or having their own sites.
Move the mouse cursor to the required element. Magnifier displays a magnified area of the element, and the bottom of the magnifier window shows the format and code value for the color in that format, which changes as you move the mouse cursor. After clicking the left mouse button, the color palette will open.
The Color Palette window will display the color currently under the mouse cursor. View the color code values by selecting the desired format (HTML, html, RGB(), C + +, Delphi), copy the color code to the clipboard.
The Color Palette tool is used to select colors from the palette on the monitor screen. In the “Color Palette” window, move the slider along the color scale, place the cursor in the desired area of the palette, define or select the desired color, copy the pixel color code value for further work.
Zoom window (magnifier)
The Zoom Window tool opens the Magnifier to magnify objects on the screen. In the Magnifier window, move the slider to zoom in on screen elements.
The “Ruler” tool is used for measuring elements on the monitor screen, on the web page of the site, etc. The ruler is controlled from the context menu called by the right mouse button.
The ruler can be dragged with the mouse or moved around the screen using keyboard keys, you can change the orientation (horizontal or vertical), select units of measure (pixels, inches, centimeters, resolution (DPI) pixels per inch), select the color of the ruler, adjust transparency, enable or disable magnification window (loupe).
The Crosshair tool is used to measure diagonals between specific points on the screen. The tool shows the distance between opposite corners.
The Goniometer tool (protractor) is used to measure the angles of objects on the screen.
The Slate tool is designed to create drawings on the screen. By switching the buttons on the slate panel, you can manually draw, write, or add the necessary objects to the monitor screen by selecting the desired colors.
The free PicPick program is designed to create screenshots (screenshots). The program has a built-in editor and additional graphical tools that increase the functionality of the application.