How To Capture And Manage Your Screenshots Easily In Windows

Picture paints a thousand words. That statement applied nicely to blog posts: text only blogs are dull.

So we need pictures. Where can we get them? We can:

– go around the neighborhood with our digital camera.

– snatch a picture or two from image sharing community sites like Flickr or Picasa Web Album.
– capture the picture from our computer screen.

Geeky bloggers like me prefer the last. The method fits my blog theme and I don’t have to stand too long under the sun nor face legal threats for ‘stealing’ copyrighted images.

Shoot the screen

Almost everybody I know agrees and recommends Gadwin Print Screen as one of the best tools out there, and I am sure that this simple tool will be very useful you.

It is a small application that resides on the taskbar after it is installed in your Windows.

The first thing you would want to do is adjust the settings. Right click on the icon and choose “Properties”.

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Here users can choose:

  • the hot key to use – default is “Print Screen” key.
  • what area to be captured – current window, client window, full screen, or rectangular area
  • where to save the image file
  • what application to open the file
  • what is the default image file type and – if wanted – the default size
  • and so many other options

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Manage the Image

If you choose an application to open the captured screen image, you can do further editing to the file. A free alternative application you can use for this purpose is Fast Stone Image Viewer.

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This one is a very reliable image editing application for daily use – rotate, resize, crop, adjust color, and such (but please do not compare it to Photoshop); more than enough for common blogging activity. All the images in a folder will be shown in one pane, ready to be manipulated. Use the Edit menu to access many of the commands.

It also has screen capturing feature, but less comfortable compare to Gadwin. Fast Stone doesn’t reside in the taskbar – so you’ll need to open the main window first, and there’s no shortcut key to do the capturing.

One little neat trick

Here’s something that anybody could try to make their screenshot unordinary and catchy.

  • After taking the screenshot, open the image with Fast Stone
  • Go to “Edit –> Rotate –> Rotate by any degree” menu
  • Move the rotation slider slightly to the left to rotate the image counter clockwise (or the opposite to rotate it clockwise). I think about 15 degrees is enough. Click OK afterwards.
  • Go to “Edit -> Cropboard” menu and crop the image to your preference. But I’d suggest somewhere in the middle.
  • Click “Crop To File” and “Save” then “Close”.

And you’ll have something like this:

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Not very professional, but… neat, huh?

If you have other favorite screen capturing application, share in the comment below.