Screenshots can be an incredibly useful way to save the content on your screen. Nowadays it is used to save content for reference, share work that is in progress, capture an image of a bug or issue, or even just show others what is going on in your screen.
If you don’t have much experience capturing screenshots, you may find that the quality isn’t quite up to scratch. The good news is that in most cases you fix that – and you just need to know how:
Think about what you want to capture
Before you capture any screenshot, you should take a minute to think about what the screenshots are for – and by extension, what you need to capture. That should allow you to identify the most important elements that need to be in your screenshot and the ones that do not be captured.
Keep in mind that although some elements may not be directly required, they can help provide invaluable context.
Maximize the resolution
The raw quality of the screenshot that you capture will be based on its resolution – which in turn is based on the resolution of the area of your screen that you’re capturing. If you capture a screenshot of your entire screen, its resolution will be the same as the display resolution of your monitor.
There are several ways that you can maximize the resolution of your screenshots. For starters, you could make sure your screen resolution is set to maximum, and you could run the window that you want to capture in full screen.
Some apps and browsers can be run in ‘full-screen mode’ (by pressing F11) that will hide the window entirely as well as the taskbar – effectively increasing the resolution that they occupy.
Crop the screenshot later on
Rather than capturing a small area of your screen, it is normally best to capture a screenshot of the entire screen – and crop it later. That way you can decide exactly what parts of the screenshot you want to include or discard at your leisure and can try different crops until you find the best fit.
Keep the background a plain and solid color
Screenshots that have a lot going on in them are more difficult to manipulate, and invariably tend to look crowded, cluttered, and low quality. As far as possible you should keep your screenshot simple, and the background should be predominantly a plain and solid colour.
If need be you can edit your screenshot and replace the existing background if you feel it is too busy. For example, you could use Movavi Photo Editor for that, and just need to follow the steps at https://www.movavi.com/support/how-to/how-to-change-photo-background.html.
If you follow all the steps described above you should be able to produce screenshots that have much higher quality and look far more polished. As you can see it really isn’t that complicated, and all that is needed is the right approach and a bit of tact.