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PhotoScape is a great freeware picture editor that can resize pictures, make mosaics, slides, remove image backgrounds and perform other advanced image manipulations like pictures overlaying. One of the best picture tricks you can do with the help of PhotoScape 3.7 is to make screen captures using this piece of free software. The inbuilt screen capture tool allows you to take screen records of all Windows areas including full screen, active window or only the screen zone that you highlight. Let’s learn how to capture screen with PhotoScape and to save screenshots without duplicates.
Duplicate Folder made by PhotoScape
As you might know PhotoScape editor has one small peculiarity. Every time you save an edited picture, PhotoScape creates an additional folder called “Originals” where it puts the original not-edited image copy (see on the screenshot above). Thus, with each screen recording attempt, the number of image duplicates increases on your computer and you may run out free hard disk space at some point.

The problem of overwhelming image backup’s quantity annoys many PhotoScape users, who regularly edit pictures with this picture editor. It’s especially acute for those who prefer batch photo editing, when there may be hundreds of original image duplicates. Ron, who often edits pics in PhotoScape, asked Photo Software & Design Blog team for help with PhotoScape settings that may ease image saving without extra copies. So here’s how to record screen and save screenshots smartly in PhotoScape:

How to Use PhotoScape Screen Capture

PhotoScape screen capture tool is located under Screen Capture tab on the home interface. There are 3 types of screenshots that PhotoScape can take:

  • capture full screen. As the name tells, PhotoScape will capture full screen. It might be useful if you want to screen capture long web pages with long scrolling area.
  • capture window. Using capture window option, you’ll get only the image of an active window. It’s helpful to show only the key part of the screen. PhotoScape Screen Capture Window areaFor example, to show your window tray status or only Zoom chat window
  • capture region. With help of this feature, you’ll freely select any part of your screen you want. Please note that you need to drag you mouse to start using it.  I have to say that on my Windows 10 PC, capture region options is quite slow. If you’re looking for a faster screen capture tool, I recommend reading our Greenshot, an open-source screen recorder here.

PhotoScape Screen Capture

Here’s how to start screen capturing in PhotoScape:

  1. Launch PhotoScape;
  2. Go to Screen Capture tab as shown above;
  3. Move screen capture tool window to the left or right, so it doesn’t prevent you from taking your first screenshot;
  4. Open the window that you want to capture;
  5. Select the type of screenshot you’d like to make (full screen or a part of the screen);
  6. If you take a screenshot of a small area (it’s called Capture region in the application), than drag your mouse to indicate the screenshot space;
  7. PhotoScape will open the saved screenshot in the Editor tab, so you can save it or continue editing. For example, you can add stickers to your screenshot, add arrows or text to your screenshot.

How to Change Image Saving Settings in PhotoScape

Here are our recommendations on alerting default settings for PhotoScape users who do not need original images. But remember, if you are not sure in the output image quality or don’t want to lose original photos, you should leave PhotoScape settings intact and should not apply any recommendations below! Please also notice that if you change default settings, PhotoScape will automatically apply new saving settings to all next picture editing attempts. Follow 6 steps to change default PhotoScape setup settings:

1. Open PhotoScape and go to the Editor tab. This is our original photo that we will use:

original image

2. Edit your image, if necessary. For instance, I’ll add a photo frame to this pic.

3. Click the “Save” button in the lower right corner.

PhotoScape picture editor

4. A new window with default image saving settings will pop up.

Saving file without duplicates

As you can see, PhotoScape offers you to save pictures with an original backup copy if you click the first “Save” button and don’t change any options.

5. Go to the “Options” area and uncheck the first box “Creates a backup of the original photo in the “Originals” folder” and only then click the first “Save” button as on the following screenshot:

Saving without Backup Folder in PhotoScape

6. PhotoScape will apply new settings to the modified image. It will save only final images without “Originals” backup folder.

How to Restore Default File Saving Settings in PhotoScape

PhotoScape will automatically remember your new output saving preferences and will never save any original duplicates. So be careful with it!

If you next time need an “Originals” backup folder, then do the following. First of all, check the box “Creates a backup of the original photo in the “Originals” folder” and after it click the first “Save” button. This way you will restore default image saving settings in PhotoScape freeware picture editor.

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. David

    Photoscape is default saving as .bmp. How do I change it back to .jpg?


    1. anna

      Hi David,

      Click the “Save as” option on the last window and select a new output format like JPEG, PNG, GIF, etc.


  2. FACE

    Question: Can I assume that the original photo (let’s say, one that resides somewhere on my computer – in the Pictures Folder, e.g.) remains safe in that folder….even after I make any changes in Photoscape, and then “save”?
    And where exactly is the newly edited phioto being stored, once it’s saved? ~ Thanx! EFK

    1. anna

      Hi Face,

      If you leave file saving options without any changes, than your original images in the Pictures Folder will remain safe.
      If you will tweak file saving options as explained in this guide, than you’ll rewrite original pics and will loose the original pictures.
      Newly edited pics might be stored in the directory that you indicate or in a special output folder made by PhotoScape automatically.
      I hope it helps.


  3. Alan

    What ever I do Photoscape X just tells me it failed to save what to do?

  4. Al O.

    Once edited, Photoscape X shows a boxed message: “Failed to Save” after every attempt. How to I get the program to save?

    1. anna

      Hi Al O,

      Please note that classic PhotoScape and PhotoScape X have different system requirements. For example, PhotoScape X can’t be installed on Windows XP. Please make sure that your PC meets PhotoScape X system requirements. You can find the requirements on PhotoScape X official website.
      I also recommending checking free space on your HDD or SSD. Make sure you can save new images.
      Please try to remove PhotoScape X from your PC and to download a new version of PhotoScape X from the official website.

      I hope it helps.

      Anna, editor at Photo Software & Design Blog

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