The app is called ScreenToLayers and as the name implies, it captures the Mac’s screen, but every object on the screen is captured as a separate Photoshop PSD file layer. That’s right. It’s not just a big, fat image file. It’s everything on the screen as individual files.
Who. Needs. This?
Quite often we Mac users need to capture a screen image which can be used in graphic design, application training, onscreen presentations, and much more. While a single image of everything or section of the Mac’s screen is useful and common, there are advantages to capturing every item on the screen as a PSD file.
Keyboard shortcuts make it happen for the Mac power user, but selecting a screen capture from the Menubar is about as easy as you can get.
ScreenToLayers captures everything on the Mac’s screen, and converts each component to a layer within a PSD file.
That’s the easy part but might give you more graphic components than you need. So, ScreenToLayers also gives you advanced settings to select only the on-screen graphic component you need, and you can disable the shadow and framing prevalent on most screen capture apps.
Options are straightforward and mostly self explanatory.
Image Options include a number of toggles.
- Ignore Framing Effects
- Create Opaque Image
- Only Include Shadows
- Fit Image Tightly
Those controls are matched by the Single Window Options (yes, ScreenToLayers lets you capture only a single open app window).
- Only Windows Above
- Selected And Above
- Selected Only
- Selected And Below
- Only Windows Below
ScreenToLayers displays options to Refresh Windows, export images as PNG files, and Grab Screenshot without using the Menubar option. Then it displays all the files from the screen grab.
Nicely done and free. What’s not to like?