A screen shot is an application you use to capture a picture on your computer screen. There are programs or features that you can use on your computer that have already been installed or you can download yourself. Many of the applications can be downloaded for free. So, which one do you choose if there are so many? I have only worked with Windows and Chrome, so I will be discussing what I have used.
You can download for free at their website. There are more editing features (arrow, text, frame, highlight and tool color) and the images are much clearer than the Snipping Tool.
You can find this tool in your “Accessories” folder already installed into your computer. There isn’t many editing features, but if you are only capturing images and don’t need to edit much, then this may work for you. I didn’t find the detail of the images very clear.
Already installed into the computer
You can capture a picture by pressing “ctrl”+ “switch to the next tab or window(F5)”
You can capture a specific area on your screen by pressing “ctrl”+ “shift” + “switch to the next tab or window(F5)”
There isn’t much editing features in this application.
You can download this application
1.Click on your “launcher” (The circle image on the lower left corner of your screen)
2.Click on “Web Store,” which you will be redirected to this page below
3.Under the Chrome Web Store, there’s an area “Search the store.” You will type in “Awesome Screenshot.”
4. You will click on the blue tab with “+Add to Chrome” and then the application will be installed. The image above doesn’t show the blue tab, because I already added it to Chrome.
Why would you use a screen shot?
If you need to take a picture for your work, such as for your websites, reports, business, etc. The worst thing you can do is to write content and do not include any images. Without any images, your reader gets bored and they won’t finish reading what you wrote.
A lot of people like to see images. It keeps them interested and not bored, so put some nice, eye-catching images in your content. I know I get bored when I don’t see many images in what I am reading. The first thing I do is scroll the whole page and if there isn’t any images present, I leave the page. You don’t want your readers to run away. You want them to come back.
How do you take a screen shot?
If you are using Jing, you click and hold on the left mouse button. Then, you will drag how much of the image you want. Once you like the size, release the left button and follow the save instructions and that’s how you capture an image.
If you are using Awesome Screenshot, you click on the icon for Awesome Screenshot, then a screen will show up. You will select “capture desktop” and select the middle image. Then you will select the “crop” editing feature. You will click and hold on the left mouse button.
Then, you will drag how much of the image you want and release the button when you are done and use any other editing features you want. When you are done, click on “Done” on the upper right corner. Then, you will name the picture to be saved.
If you mouse across the editing icons on Jing or Awesome Screenshot, it will show up in text what the editing feature is, such as “resize” or “crop.” Of all the different screenshot applications, Awesome Screenshot had the most editing features.
When I first started taking screen shots of images, I had no idea there were applications like these. Someone had recommended it to me, since I was placing images I took from a camera and loading it onto my webpage. They were not pretty, that was for sure.
I rarely use Jing now, because my computer has been really slow and it is placed in the wrong part of the house for WiFi. So, I mostly work on my laptop which is a Chromebook.
If I had to rate which application was the best, I would consider Jing the best for having the sharpest image. However, Jing is only compatible with Windows or Mac, so I can’t use it on my laptop.
Awesome screenshot has a lot of editing features, so I like that. It is easy to use and not hard to learn how to use it. Once you use it enough, it’s not complicated to use at all. With anything, we have to get used to it before it becomes easy to use. Practice makes perfect.
I hope I was able to help you with a few things. Which screen shot application do you use? Please share your experience, questions or comments below.
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