Even if you can’t remember the built-in keystroke combos to snap a screenshot, there are a dozen Mac apps which do it even easier (not to mention the Grab app in your Utilities folder). What all these screen capture apps have in common is their inability to save elements on the Mac’s screen, individually, in layers, as Photoshop files.
Screenshots In Layers
At any given time your Mac’s screen is littered with graphic elements. There are Dock icons, Menubar icons, every window of every app, and much more.
A screenshot captures all of the elements in a single file and in the same resolution as your Mac’s screen.
What if you want each element captured individually? For that there’s ScreenShot PSD.
This remarkably handy Mac app captures the screen, but segregates each element on the screen as a Photoshop PSD file in layers.
That means each element can be opened in Photoshop, or Pixelmator or other Mac graphic apps and edited.
It even captures app windows as separate PSD layers. Using ScreenShot PSD couldn’t be easier.
Click on the Menubar icon and select Screenshot. What you get in return is a layered PSD file.
ScreenShot PSD captures the Desktop, the Dock, the Menubar, and every app window as separate layers in a PSD file.
The file can be opened and edited in most Mac graphic apps that handle the PSD file format, including Photoshop, Fireworks, Pixelmator, and many others.
Use the Menubar icon to create the screenshot, or, if you’re a power user, there’s a keyboard shortcut, and an option for a timed screenshot.
ScreenShot PSD captures app windows complete with their shadows, as well as full screen app windows and files behind the front-most screen. It works with dual displays and captures Dashboard Widgets.
There is one function that’s missing. ScreenShot PSD does not capture each icon within the Dock as separate graphic layers. The Dock is captured as a whole. Still, there’s no faster, easier, or less expensive way to capture window elements from a Mac’s screen.