All You Need for Making Awesome Screenshots

Ann Smarty 08-02-2009

As an active blogger I need to make multiple screenshots daily. Screenshots help me visualize my posts and make them easier to understand.


Screenshots are “infographics” of today’s web – they make information easier to understand and guides easier to follow. You’ll see them on each and every blog – no wonder screen capturing applications are so numerous.

In fact, screen capture tools The 4 Best Windows Screenshot Apps and Tools Here are the best Windows screenshot tools, whether you need a basic screen capture app or something with advanced features. Read More are so plenty that you may easily get lost which one to choose and why. That’s why I decided to make a simplified guide on which features to look for and which tools I personally find useful.

How To Make Funny “fake” Screenshots

SourceEditor is a nifty FireFox plugin that allows you to easily edit any page. No HTML knowledge is required – the process is really easy.

1. Install the addon (compatible with FireFox 3)

2. Navigate to the page you want to edit. [Example] Here is the part of the FireFox addon page that will be edited below:


fake screenshot

3. Activate the addon by clicking its icon in the status bar.

4. Hover over the part of the page you want to edit (it will be framed as shown below):

funny screenshots,


5. Right-click on the framed area and choose “Edit Source”. The area will then become available for editing:

Edit page

6. You are done! Now press “Print Screen” on your keyboard or use any screen capturing software you prefer and make a screen shot of the edited page:

Edit page


Another FireFox addon that can do the same is feature-rich Web Developer FireFox extension but it requires at least some HTML knowledge. Choose “Edit HTML” under “Miscellaneous” menu in the toolbar and you can edit page:

Edit page

How To Take Full Page Screenshot

PageSaver FireFox addon. It adds a small icon to your address bar that lets you easily choose the screenshot properties (alternatively you can access same settings by right-clicking on the page). It takes only a couple of clicks to take full page screenshots.

Page Saver - full page screenshot firefox


FastStone Capture is a desktop application for Windows which captures the scrolling window and instantly opens it in the built-in basic image editor.

We have previously reviewed Paparazzi! for Mac only that also allows to create full webpage screenshots.

How to Take Partial Screenshots

There are numerous tools that allows you to take partial screen shots of the page. My favorite one is Jing. It works with Mac and Windows and has both free and paid editions. Its advantages over other similar tools include:

  • High quality of the screenshots;
  • Tools allowing to easily share the images.
  • Easy-to-use basic image editing.
  • Partial screen capture.

Just run the program, choose “capture”, select the area to capture, choose “Image” and you will be taken to the “Preview” window where you can preview, edit and save the image (all images are saved in the .png format; more options are available with the paid edition):

Jing - edit screenshots

Flickr and WEBIMAGER is another free desktop utility that captures the selected portion of the screen and has other cool options:

  • Upload images to your Flickr account;
  • Use quick and basic image editor (resize, rotate, insert cursor);
  • Quickly launch Paint for other editing options.

flickr and WEBIMAGER

How To Capture the Mouse Cursor

Surprisingly and sadly the “Print Screen” keyboard button as well as most cool free screenshot making tools can’t capture the cursor. As a blogger I often need this feature to show the place on a page I am talking about.

One free desktop tool that captures the screen with cursor is IrfanView – it has only basic features but being simple and easy is what I most often want to see in any tool.

Please share your tricks to make awesome screenshots!

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Related topics: Mozilla Firefox, Screen Capture.

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  1. Cindy Morus
    October 16, 2009 at 11:18 am

    I like Techsmith's SnagIt! They also make Camtasia.

  2. Bob
    February 9, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I use either Capture Assistant which I got from or SiteShoter which is freeware and will enable you to capture an entire web page even if some (or a lot) of it has to be scrolled to be read!

  3. Ann Smarty
    February 9, 2009 at 3:58 am

    Thank you all for great additions!

  4. Hector
    February 9, 2009 at 3:09 am

    Awesome tools, giving SourceEditor a try.

  5. HeyStephanie
    February 9, 2009 at 2:11 am

    I currently use Jing which is great. I used to be able to upload my screen grabs directly to Flickr but now it goes to Screencast. Is there something in the settings that I need to change?

    • Ann Smarty
      February 9, 2009 at 3:57 am

      I don't think it is possible to set Jing to upload to Flickr instead of Screencast. Probably it can be done only with PRO account, anyone?

  6. Keith
    February 9, 2009 at 4:43 am

    I too use Gadwin PrintScreen.

    and it does have an option to capture the mouse.

  7. Swapna
    February 8, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I use Snippy on Windows and Mac's in-built screenshot capture utility (Command + Shift + 3/4)

  8. Matt Algren
    February 8, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    For Firefox, I really prefer Abduction to PageSaver.

  9. Versatile Ninja
    February 8, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I use Gadwin Printscreen 4.4 and it is pretty awesome.

    I don't think it can capture the mouse cursor, but everything else it can perform pretty well.

  10. Vadim P.
    February 8, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    For Linux:

  11. Bart
    February 8, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I always use gadwin
    a free capture tool