Jump to content
groovyPost Forums

How-To take great screenshot and make tutorials using snagit?

Recommended Posts

So, while programs like Snag It make it easy to take screenshots, I still prefer to use the good ol' Prnt Scrn button on my computer.

Just press the Prnt Scrn key on your keyboard, and it saves a snapshot of your screen right to your clipboard. From there open any image editing program (Paint, GIMP, Photoshop, etc) to alter and save your image. Paste the snapshot (Ctrl + V), and you're good to go! Also, if you just want to capture only one specific window instead of your whole computer screen, use Alt + Prnt Scrn. ^_^

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Tell ya what. I'll do a detailed How-To tutorial groovyPost style in a few days and post the link to it here. Hopefully that will get ya what you need. So stay tuned!


Looking forward to it, Mr. Groove. Thanks! jshepp's response was helpful for taking an actual screenshot but I'm looking for more on the "best practices" & design aspects of creating a great visual tutorial :)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 4 months later...

Hey there Lauren! Glad to have you here on groovyAnswers! Here are a few tips I can give you from my personal experience in writing tutorials:

1) Writer-to-reader communication! - Make sure the reader can "feel" the writer-reader communication. You need to make readers feel like the article writer literally wants to talk to them and like everything is explained in an accessible way - not too advanced, but not too beginner style either.

2) Screenshots and images! - For even the slightest thing which you think the reader may find confusing, try making a few screenshots with annotations, arrows and notes. Every article and tutorial always becomes more pleasant to the eye with more graphics, images and pictures.

3) Organization! - For an easy to understand article or tutorial, everything must be organized neatly - it creates a background plan and schematic for the user (reader) to follow and allows most content to be understood with ease.

As for any Snagit tips - try to work out a personal theme or style if you're planning to use this for your own blog or website. By that I mean having all images with the same instructional style, same arrow colors, same annotation box colors and so on. The biggest advantage of Snagit is that you can take screenshots faster than ever, so take advantage of it and use as many screenshots as possible when needed (just like I mentioned in no. 2).

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

I believe that you are using Snag it for screen shots on your posts but is there any type of guide or educational resource (i.e. best practices, etc.) you would recommend for me to learn how to make mine as great as yours? :)Thanks!


I like this idea, but there is a lot involved with making things look good. It takes years of practice and hundreds of bananas eaten.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 10 months later...


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Similar Content

    • By alexmvp
      I'm an old-school windows guy but I'm playing with a MAC at work (and typing on it now). Is there a simple way to take a screenshot kinda like the "PrintScreen" button on Windows? Trying to avoid buying Snagit on this MAC.
    • By Beyond_Life
      I use Snagit a lot. And it works great all the time. But since this afternoon, when I past a picture into Snagit, Im not able to do something with it. Everytime I select a tool, like drawing a square, it will move the picture after I have selected the tool. So, this is what happening (and I did try to make list with bullets but for some reason, bullets screw up the complete post. So, no bullets. Sorry.)
      I open Snagit Editor.
      I past a screenshot that I made from my phone.
      I click the "make-a-red-square-with-rounded-corners-tool"
      I move my mouse a few inches to the starting point.
      I click my left mousebutton to start making a red square with rounded courners.
      I hold the left mousebutton and drag it a few inches.
      The WHOLE picture moves along. Without the square.
      And I have no idea what Im doing wrong.
    • Guest grettawallace
      By Guest grettawallace
      How do I knw what my friends have plus one'd on Google? Does it show up on Facebook or what?
    • By Falklander
      When I purchase a new computer, what are the steps to transfer files & software from old computer before giving it away??
    • By cakarl60
      I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on my computer. When I click on the Start Icon to search my computer for a specific item (Example: family birthday file) a complete listing of files relating to my search appears. After I select the file I am looking for only to find out it is not the correct one I attempt to return to the same list but it is no longer shown. I must retype my search item (Example: family birthday file) in the search field again to regain access to the file listings??? Is there a way to keep the original search data constant instead of having to start at step one every time to search for the same file??? This is such a waste of time. Yes I can cut and paste my original request so that I just paste each time I must continue with the same search for the correct file to show, but there must be a simpler way to save the original request until I no longer need it.Thank you for your helpKarl
  • Who's Online   0 Members, 0 Anonymous, 10 Guests (See full list)

    There are no registered users currently online

  • Create New...