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Wikipedia articles relating to post-Vista software contain images of windows using Aero that respect the original transparency layer instead of capturing the blurred render of what's underneath.

WindowClippings is capable of this but it's not free. I doubt a paid application would be a standard for Aero-ed window screenshots on Wikipedia, so what do they use?

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Update: I apologise that it's impossible to notice the alpha layer on the above image. In the photo below I've changed SuperUser's background colour to prove it is there.

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Perhaps they turn transparency off for the screenshot? –  Phoshi Jun 4 '10 at 8:38
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@Phoshi: not actually, see update –  jay Jun 4 '10 at 11:50
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@jay: Oh, sorry, I thought that image WAS from wiki. You're quite right, that's some fancy imaging. –  Phoshi Jun 4 '10 at 15:58
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@Phoshi & @jay You know that Wikipedia is not one person, right? –  abel Jan 19 '11 at 15:33
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@abel; It's not?! My life! It has been a lie! –  Phoshi Jan 19 '11 at 16:02
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Thanks for all the suggestions, but ZScreen and Greenshot did not preserve the transparency layer as I wanted. I opted instead for the free 7capture and Shotty.

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zscreen is now sharex, has been for a couple of years, and does indeed capture aero effects. –  Oesor Aug 20 '13 at 21:26
    
For some reason, 7capture does not do what it promises for me. (It adds a white background.) Shotty on the other hand doesn't preserve the color of the window, but it may be a benefit... –  Adam L. S. Aug 29 '13 at 20:29
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You could try WinSnap - And they explained the same problem in their site ( vista ). Please note , this is not a free version.

Edit: Found ZScreen and GreenShot and its supports Aero's Transparency layer. Haven't checked personally.

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+1 for GreenShot. It's absolutely awesome. –  Bobby Jun 4 '10 at 9:39
    
I've used ZScreen, it's good too. –  Ash Jun 4 '10 at 11:42
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That's what I do. I have to make lots of screenshots for my work, and I tend to use a plain white background on top of which I position the windows of interest. I use the commercial SnagIt tool (which I cannot recommend highly enough) to grab the screen and then their editor to trim away all but the window + its shadow effect.

Since such screencapture software is so common and cheap, I guess the people posting to wikipedia uses some commercial tool. We are talking about 50 USD programs here, not 5000 USD professional UML editors or something.

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Come on, $50 for a screenshot utility when you have Greenshot and similar? Also, the (also free) AeroShot captures the shadows and transparency. –  Camilo Martin Aug 20 '13 at 20:43
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AeroShot captures the shadows and transparency.

If you do not need shadows but would like the transparency, Greenshot does that.

Both open-source.

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Screenshot Captor can handle Aero effects pretty well. See my proof screenshot.
You have to use Grab Active window as capture mode.

I like its ability to add shadows as seen below and that its natively portable
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