Tips to Take Better Screenshots

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screenshotWe all know that pictures say more than thousands words. In order to allow the picture to speak with the reader clearly you need to take a better screenshot with right resolution covering important information that you want to say. As a blogger I use many screenshots to make my readers understand the concept better. You can also see screenshots in software manuals both online and print, care must to taken to get a better screenshot even after printing.

Traditionally many people use Print screen button on their keyboard to copy entire screen to the clipboard and use paintbrush or Photoshop to edit the shot. This can be very time consuming and a labors process if you are looking forward to capture several screenshots. There are many special software’s available which allow you to easily capture a piece of the screen or full screen easily.

Using these applications you can also capture application windows, etc., to include them in your software manual for better understanding. Apart from the tools you use the size of the screenshot will also play an important role in its quality. Care must be taken that the contents of the image do not alter when you resize the image or change the format of the image.

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For better screenshots you can use applications like Jing which enables you to take screenshots according to your choice. You can capture full screen, a portion of the screen both rectangular/square and free handed. It works on Windows .net framework so you need to install it before installing this application. Using this application you can capture both screenshots and record video with audio easily.

After taking screenshots if you wish to add effects or resize the image use PhotoScape, free for home use. Using this application you can edit images, add objects, layers, effects and other useful functions easily. It also enables you to batch resize images at once. You can adjust the size of the image file, quality and interpolation of the image. It allows you to save images in JPEG, PNG, BMP and GIF formats.

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If you are capturing screenshots for printing then you need to make additional changes to the pictures before you can print them. Normally screenshots will be in RGB colors and depending on the nature of the printing source you have you need to apply gray scale or other effects filters to get the screenshot with desired resolution and sharpness.

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