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5 Essential Tips to Take a Screenshot on Any Device

Screenshots (also called screenshots) allow you to capture exactly what you see on your screen for sharing with others or for future use. They can be very useful when you need to show something that is difficult for you to explain in words.

Whether you’re already using screen shots or you’re new to the topic, you’ll find in this article several tips for creating great screenshots.

5 Essential Tips to Take a Screenshot on Any Device

1 – Add text and arrows

This may seem obvious, but adding text and arrows to your screenshots can make them much more attractive. Using a tool such as Snagit, it’s easy to add text and arrows to highlight important parts of your screenshot. For example, use an arrow to highlight a peak in your monthly sales figures and add a little text to congratulate a member of your team for his performance.

Simply capturing a graphic has become a landmark image that you’ll be proud to add to the reports for your team.

2 – Resize your screenshots correctly

You have captured a screenshot to include it in a document or an important presentation – very well. But you need it a little bigger, and you enlarge it with your mouse to the desired size. Ouch, your image has become distorted – much less well.

Fortunately, you can avoid this problem. Just resize your screenshot with an image editor, keeping the same width and height. You can then put it back in your document or presentation.

3 – Capture in panoramic mode

You’ve probably seen pictures in widescreen format, but have you heard of widescreen screenshots? The panoramic photos retrace long horizontal fields of vision. Using a similar technique, Snagit’s panoramic capture allows you to take a screen shot by extending up, down, or to the sides.

Use panoramic capture to capture very large images or high-web pages for example. This will allow you to capture a single large image at once, instead of having to combine several standard size images.

4 – Document a step-by-step process

Do you have to learn to do something to someone? The screenshots are your best friends when the important thing is to show, not just to say. Instead of writing a long email to describe a process with only text, use screenshots to show it. You will avoid any misunderstanding or confusion in your audience. A simple way to document a process is to number steps in one or multiple screen shots.

Above an example that shows how to properly save images for our website. This image is self-sufficient, and it is perfectly understandable by all.

5 – Hide sensitive information

Want to quickly share important details, such as flight schedules, with your boss or a customer, but the image contains confidential information? Do not worry. Just hide them in the image.

Snagit contains a simple-to-use masking tool that lets you erase a specific part of your image.