8 March 2017 macOS 3 ways to take a screenshot without the shadow on Mac 1. Using selection Shift + Control + 4 + Space, now you can drag the cursor and select the specific are that you want to take the screenshot. 2. Using command screencapture in the terminal On OS X we can open the terminal and use the command screencapture to take screenshots the command has several options and there are 2 in specific that make it work: -o in window capture mode, do not capture the shadow of the window -w only allow window selection mode screencapture -ow ~/Desktop/free-shadow.png After this, you only need to click on the windows to take the screenshot. Is possible see all the option using the command screencapture -h or use man screencapture to read the manual: usage: screencapture [-icMPmwsWxSCUtoa] [files] -c force screen capture to go to the clipboard -b capture Touch Bar - non-interactive modes only -C capture the cursor as well as the screen. only in non-interactive modes -d display errors to the user graphically -i capture screen interactively, by selection or window control key - causes screen shot to go to clipboard space key - toggle between mouse selection and window selection modes escape key - cancels interactive screen shot -m only capture the main monitor, undefined if -i is set -M screen capture output will go to a new Mail message -o in window capture mode, do not capture the shadow of the window -P screen capture output will open in Preview -I screen capture output will in a new Messages message -s only allow mouse selection mode -S in window capture mode, capture the screen not the window -t<format> image format to create, default is png (other options include pdf, jpg, tiff and other formats) -T<seconds> Take the picture after a delay of <seconds>, default is 5 -w only allow window selection mode -W start interaction in window selection mode -x do not play sounds -a do not include windows attached to selected windows -r do not add dpi meta data to image -l<windowid> capture this windowsid -R<x,y,w,h> capture screen rect -B<bundleid> screen capture output will open in app with bundleidBS files where to save the screen capture, 1 file per screen 3. Change default option to take screenshots This command disables the shadows in screenshots by default after that you can use Shift + Command + 4 and the screenshot will be free of shadows: defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool TRUE For the changes to take effect is necessary restart or restart the UIServer with this command: killall SystemUIServer And if you want the shadows back, is possible using this command: defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool FALSE; killall SystemUIServer Remember you need to restart your computer or restart the UIServer, for the changes to take effect .