When it comes to screenshots, you don't actually need any software. Computers, laptops, and even some mobile devices are equipped natively to be able to capture, save, and edit screenshots.
But if you want to take your work to the next level – to create professional looking screenshots for your business, then professional screenshot software is a must.
By using a product like the one I use (I'll show you below), adding simple, high quality effects to your images and editing them to your specifications will be fast, easy, and produce results you can be proud of.
I use a program called Snagit. It's from Techsmith, the same people who make Camtasia Studio which is used for making screencasts.
To tell you the truth, I put off buying it for a long time because I thought it was a waste of money to buy something that I could get for free on any computer. In fact, the editing process can be completely free as well if you use a program like Gimp.
But I'll tell you what was the reason I eventually spend the money and bought Snagit when I had resisted for so many months previously.
I know it sounds simple, but arrows are hard to draw by hand, and literally impossible to get to look professional without inserting other images on top of yours, or getting special brushes and ‘painting' them on top of your screenshot.
I checked around, and every single image I saw with a beautiful, straight, evenly-drawn arrow was done with Snagit.
I calculated how many arrows I would draw over the next couple of years, divided the price of Snagit by this number, and found that I was paying only a few pennies per arrow. TOTALLY WORTH IT!
You probably think I'm crazy for buying a piece of software just to draw arrows, but that's what I did, and I'm not ashamed of it. By saving myself the time of opening separate image files, cropping individual images to fit my original screenshot, or installing new brushes each time I want a different look, adding shadows, and messing with other things, the time I save per screenshot adds up over time.
Versus the click-drag effortless effects of Snagit, I think you can see where I'm going with this.
Don't worry, I've got a video below showing you how to use it.
But as I used the software more often, and eventually began looking for features, I found there are a lot more useful things than you might think. And this brings me back to my original point.
Effortlessly making professional looking screenshots can save you time, frustration, and take image creation for your business to the next level. I do not use Snagit that often, but it was worth every penny.
Here's a video of me using the software
I show you some of the features of the Snagit Editor, and how to make a screenshot to edit.
Below are some images I created with Snagit