Screenshots: what are and how to capture the PC screen

Through this short article, Accurate Reviews experts will give you more information about the screenshots, explaining what they are, how they should be done and how they can be used. In addition to this, thanks to some tutorials, they will show you how to capture the screen with different programs available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Screenshot: definition and utility

The screenshot is a photograph that is taken instantly on a computer screen, a tablet or a smartphone. It is possible to capture the entire screen, the windows or a specific area that most interests us to capture.

In addition to this, some programs also include an image editor that allows us to modify our screenshot, cropping it, resizing it, adding text, modifying its colors, inserting indicative arrows, highlighting the most relevant parts and much more, with the purpose of make it truly unique and attractive. The editing tools offered are really useful to anyone who carries out work activities, give lectures, create projects, carry out tutorials or reviews, but also to those who simply want to create high quality screensavers.

To learn how to capture the screen of your computer and take a screenshot, we have decided to select some of the best software compatible with the main operating systems. To make the idea better, we have also put at your disposal the tutorials that guide you, step by step, in taking your image.

Software compatible with Windows

As already mentioned above, there are programs compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux and other operating systems.
Below we will give you more information about two completely FREE software that we think are really efficient for making screenshots quickly and easily.

SNAPCRAB

SnapCrab is a free software that allows you to capture the screen to create great screenshots to use for your website or to produce tutorials. It’s a software for Windows, produced by Fenrir, and it allows you to take pictures anywhere on your desktop to get screenshots of the full screen, single windows or specific areas. To make it happen, all you have to do is click on the icon in the toolbar and select the part that interests you the most: a photo will be taken and it can be saved in PNG, JPEG or even GIF format. Once you have created your screensaver, you can upload it directly to your website or share it on your social channels,thanks to the useful integration with Facebook, Twitter and Evernote. To make it even easier, SanpCrab offers the possibility of using shortcut keys in order to access them even more quickly.

HOW TO TAKE A SCREENSHOT WITH SNAPCRAB – TUTORIAL

With this short video, we’ll be able to understand how to take a screensaver with this program:

Check out our review of SnapCrab

SHAREX

ShareX is a free and open source program that allows you to capture and record any area of the screen and share it with a single click. It also allows you to upload images, text or other types of files to over 80 supported destinations to choose from. There are many customizable screen capture settings such as cursor display, transparent window acquisition, delayed acquisition, selection of multiple areas with different shapes, etc. The generated image can be opened in the image annotator and subsequently automatically saved on the hard disk and uploaded to the chosen destination.

SHAREX – TUTORIAL

With this tutorial we can easily understand how to use this software:

Check out our review of ShareX

Software compatible with Mac

Let’s also take a look at some programs compatible with Mac, especially Lightshot and Skitch, which are also FREE.

LIGHTSHOT

Lightshot is a free program for Mac and Windows that offers a quick and easy way to capture the screen, creating truly unique screenshots. In fact, you can choose to capture the entire screen or select a specific section. Integrated to the software are numerous basic image editing tools, useful for adding texts, annotations, colors and effects to make the screenshots much more complete and attractive. In addition to using the editing tools, with Lightshot we can also save the screensaver and send it via email, upload it to a website or share it on social channels. Another feature that you will surely appreciate is to be able to set a general shortcut key that allows you to directly start the image capture action.

HOW TO TAKE A SCREENSHOT WITH LIGHTSHOT – TUTORIAL

Is there a short tutorial that explains to capture the screen with this software:

Check out our review of LightShot

SKITCH

Skitch is an Evernote software that allows you to capture the screen, creating precise and attractive screenshots thanks to the numerous editing tools. You can add annotations and elements such as arrows, texts, colors, highlight and the integrated cropping tool allows you to edit the screensaver. Skitch is a free and easy-to-use application that allows everyone, especially bloggers or video tutorials editors, to create detailed and precise material. Being an extension of Evernote, it allows you to easily edit notes and quickly share screenshots, images, maps or web pages. Given the simplicity it is suitable for all: for example for teachers to use during classes, or even for students. Users of Skitch must create an Evernote account to save their projects and share them on Social channels directly through the app or website, which can be used both from the Web and from any mobile device.

HOW TO CAPTURE THE SCREEN WITH SKITCH – TUTORIAL

Below is a video tutorial that will guide us through the use of Skitch:

 

Check out our review of Skitch

Software compatible with Linux

If you are instead looking for a software that is also compatible with Linux, it’s definitely worth trying ScreenshotsCloud which is available for the main operating systems, including precisely Linux. It is paid but generates high quality screenshots and uses the Cloud functionality, which is really effective.

SCREENSHOTSCLOUD

ScreenshotsCloud is a program to generate high-quality screenshots of websites in a few seconds, using a reliable CDN supported API service. Developed by the Brushd company, it is compatible with the main operating systems (Windows, Linux and Mac) and the main browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari); this scalable software is an excellent solution for your business.

Check out our review of ScreenshotsCloud

Online software

Were you thinking that it would be much more convenient to use a software that does not require installation? In this case we recommend Screenster, an online program that will allow you to still make excellent screenshots.

SCREENSTER

Screenster is a software developed to open the destination URL in a browser, capture every input data and take a screenshot. It detects even the smallest changes in the user interface during a recording; a new screenshot is captured in each phase and it’s compared with an initial screenshot; all the differences are then marked in red. Screenster also simplifies test maintenance: you can modify the actions in each step, delete and add new steps, conduct tests with new parameters and ignore the CSS elements selected by the comparison, etc.

SCREENSTER – TUTORIAL

This tutorial shows how to create automated tests with Screenster:

Check out our review of Screenster

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