Capture Setup has many controls. I set the capture area to Foreground window. I left capture method at default Hot Key CTRL+F11. I left default at including mouse cursor. And after the capture show in main window of IrfanView.
Yes will need to crop
But cropping–once I realised* how (when there is an image on the canvas and no paint tools selected, just left click drag, let-go, Ctrl+Y)–is also rather nifty in IrfanView, offering (via Edit -> Show selection grid) a golden ratio grid.
My calendar is in Google calendar. A shortcut on my desktop lets me open it in Chrome with one click. Of course, then I decided I wanted a special calendar icon for it. I wanted a calendar in the middle of a chrome icon. Yes a calendar icon would have been simpler but I had a notion of it needing to look similar to the shortcut I have at work.
This is where my digital-media-trained and his Photoshop skillz comes in.
That’s great but …
Unfortunately his beautiful combinations looked fine in photoshop, but the first opened at my end with a black background, another had a white background, and when we tried to save as .ico in bmp or png formats (because Photoshop CC did not seem to be able to save to .ico) some showed no image at all.
Trial and error
Some of the clues we tried:
Ryan at StackExchange suggested that we must first save the .png files to the computer, and then open them with Photoshop (during copy paste techniques Photoshop converts the transparency to black).
Although my issue does not involve WordPress as did Mike Lee’s 2012 issue with the black turning up when he resized images, I wondered from his problem statement whether I might eliminate resizing as a possible cause by using images that were already the desired size. That appeared to help, but we were working through ideas so quickly I am not sure if it was required, because for the one below Mr 17 did resize one of the source images. I’d have preferred a blue calendar, but could not find one the right size licenced for reuse.
I have been reflecting on my past use of delicious (by searching my other blog)
In one post I mentioned experimenting with delicious as a startpage (apparently not a great idea, and despite my “mmf” I am now using igoogle);
At the bottom of that post, one of the three pretty “You might also like” sourced by the lovely widget LinkWithin mentioned a post I’d written about one of the webcomics I read;
Prompting me to remember that on my Xoom I have a direct (bookmark) icon to my webcomic tag on delicious – to access all the ones I am reading;
Giving me a lovely topic upon which to test whether I can still get a linkroll to work:
Webcomics I read (via Delicious Curator):
This took a little effort to learn. On first test, it created a nice little post for me–BUT–I had failed to ensure that the tag it drew in was unique to only those bookmarks I wanted to include. Then, after I had tidied them all up with better notes and titles and gave them an additional tag, Delicious Curator would not take them again under the same tag (even with a second tag). I finally told it to use just the new tag and this time it worked, even if it is not pretty.
Head Trip – Monday, July 24, 2006
by Amanda Bussell
full of snark
not necessarily synchronous, sometimes the rather violent adventures of three sisters, sometimes adventures of heroes Emokid and Chemokid.
Recommend for teens and up.
www.AskDrEldritch.com — The Webcomic!
“the world’s foremost advice columnist for the strange and unusual. He answers questions from superheroes, arch-villains, mythical creatures, master spies and ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Of course, Kari didn’t know any of this when our story begins… ”
By Evan Nichols
“for Mature Audiences. May contain adult themes, adult language, images of violence, nudity, sexuality, and progressive thought. And maybe hot lesbian sex. ”
Another reason to love it is its graphic style of collage using action figures.
by Paul Taylor
Begins with “Monica Villarreal, a young and skeptical museum anthropologist who crosses paths with an Aztec deity … questioning her own sanity she slowly begins to question the world around her and the very history books that she holds sacred.”
A Girl and Her Fed
C. (?by) K. B. Spangler “the story of a nameless Girl who finds that she is being watched by government agents. She and the Fed assigned to watch her form a partnership and attempt to untangle a knotty conspiracy.”
Girl Genius Online Comics!
By Phil & Kaja Foglio.
Updates Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
“Girl Genius follows the career of Agatha Heterodyne—a hapless student at Transylvania Polygnostic University who discovers that she has more going for her than she thought. She’s a “spark”, aka mechanical mad scientist. But she’s much more than that.”
“recommend Girl Genius for an audience of teens and up.”
Detours (to a linkroll widget)
My oh my oh my, what a drama. In between giving up and finally succeeding with the above I dithered around trying alternatives. One idea was to create a blogroll widget. I didn’t find a way to do that directly from Delicious, but somewhere I picked up the idea of using Google Reader.
No simple way to transfer bookmark links to Reader subscriptions I transferred them by hand. Eventually I worked out that Google Reader calls blogrolls “Bundle Clip”s
It has been a bit of a pain to use Delicious to check in to each webcomic for its latest, so now Google Reader can tell me whether there is an update. I do not mind that some do not let their images through — as I understand their need for ad support.
Import OPML – hiccup, hiccup
FIRST (in retrospect): Create a new link category.
So, with the OPML Importer plugin, WordPress will import OPML files to a blogroll. BUT: did you know that there are already some links in the “Blogroll” category of links? I did not.
Unfortunately there is no bulk edit option to recategorise my newly imported links to distinguish them from those I had not even known existed. For what does WordPress use these links anyway? — However (really getting into silver linings today) considering I was already editing each one-by-one, I figured I might as copy across my notes on each for its description because I do like on-hover explanations before I follow a link.
Finally I was ready to create a link widget (sidebar blogroll). This is (as long as I am not on my Xoom) as easy as drag, drop and refine. ie: select the special category, decide whether to show descriptions and ratings. Oh yes, I could rate them!
I wonder if and how groups that use WordPress as a content management system use this Links management capacity.
I must also learn more about this XFN thing – what do people do with that?
I wonder if I can manage to publish before I go looking for images to make that blogroll or this post prettier?