Taking a screenshot is a common practice for smartphone users to show the world what they’re seeing.
It is an extremely effective way for professionals working on software products to point out specific things in the interface to their peers. You can see how important they’ve become with Apple introducing easily accessible annotation tools in iOS 11.
Many Android phones, like the ones made by Samsung, already have built-in annotation features. Your Android phone may or may not, so let’s talk about interesting apps that help enhance your screenshot or image before sharing.
1. How to Highlight a Portion of an Image
Sometimes, you want to point to something specific in a screenshot.
Skitch used to be a popular annotation app but the owner (Evernote) pulled the app from the Play Store last year. So now, you can instead rely on Screen Master, a photo editing app with basic annotation abilities. Open the app, choose Photo Mark, and select the image you want to annotate. Clicking on Draw lets you add arrows, lines, circles, and squares over the image, which should draw people’s attention.
Download: Screen Master (Free)
2. How to Pixelate Content in an Image
There are times when we want to share a screenshot or image, but it contains sensitive information like your contact details or account numbers.
Screen Master can help you out with this too. Once you’ve selected an image to edit, click the Mosaic button. Now just glide your finger over the portion you want pixelated, and it does the job. You can also choose the size of the pixelation brush for a fine job.
3. How to Annotate Images With Text
Then there are times when you just want to add words on top of a screenshot or image and deliver precise context to the people seeing it.
Screen Master has a text annotation feature that can change the color of the text to make it more visible, add weight or shadow to the font, or change the opacity/alignment. But if you want to add more spunk, might we point out another app that also has a variety of fonts: Pixlr.
After opening Pixlr, choose a photo you want to append text to and click the text symbol button at the bottom. Now, type the words and hit next. Here, you’ll see a lot of font styles that can be downloaded in a tap. Pixlr has a nice preview feature: just press-and-hold the button to the top-right to see the image without the edits.
Download: Pixlr (Free)
4. Make a Collage
Pixlr, other than being a fairly powerful photo editing app, also helps with one more thing: stitching multiple images into a single frame.
To do this, open the app and click on Collage. Here, choose up to four images from the image library and click done. Now choose from the variety of collage designs you want to put those images in: side-by-side, top-and-bottom, picture-in-picture, etc. The tools at the bottom let you tweak the overall appearance of the collage.
5. Long Screenshots
Like we mentioned before, some Android phones can take long screenshots without installing a separate app.
Now if your phone doesn’t have this feature, install LongScreenshot. This simple app captures content hidden beneath the current view of the screen. Say you want to capture a web page — open the app and click the Plus (+) button. The app will minimize and put a floating Play button over your screen.
Now navigate to the app where you want to take the long screenshot, click it, scroll to the point where you want the screenshot to end, and hit the Stop button. The app will reopen, showing you the long screenshot you just captured, and you can share that screenshot with other apps by pressing and holding on the image.
LongScreenshot is free to use but has an ad banner on the top of the app. To permanently remove the ad, it costs a dollar.
Download: LongScreenshot [No Longer Available] (Free)
How Do You Annotate Screenshots?
That’s it! We hope you find utility in these apps the way we do in our day-to-day usage. Are there any apps we missed?
Or are there any other screenshot tricks you know? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.