As bloggers it’s always important for us to give examples and screenshots on our sites and blogs. Knowing how to grab a screenshot is one thing that many new bloggers struggle with, simple because they don’t know how.
One of the first things we need to know about any type of image or photo editing, is that times are changing and you no longer need to spend a few hundred dollars on the latest version of Photoshop to do simple image and graphic design work.
This applies even more so to people who are using FireFox as their browser!
With more and more people moving away from Internet Explorer and over to application/widget enhanced browsers like FireFox and Chrome, the ability to perform actions within the browser is increasing day by day.
Quick and Easy Screenshot Capture using Mac OS X
The first and most easiest way to take a screenshot of your desktop screen (when using Mac OS X) is to hold down the COMMAND and SHIFT button, then press the #3 button. This will then snap a shot of your screen and save the image directly to your desktop with a file named something like “Screen shot 2012-12-27 at TIME STAMP.png“.
Using FireFox Add-Ons for Screen Captures
As mentioned, FireFox has the ability for you to download add-ons which work within the browser. Screen capturing is just one of the creative and cool areas that add-ons are created for, but they are also made for virtually any other ideas or tasks that you might be able to think of.
Awesome Screenshot Plus is the most popular add on from the group with over 100,000 users and a 4 star rating from over 400 users. You can search for other screenshot add-ons through the FireFox site and see which you prefer to use. The add-ons are also free to download any use, you just need to download and use the FireFox browser.
Adding Your Screen Capture to Your Blog
Once you’ve setup your FireFox add-ons or modified your screen capture with your favorite editing software, you can add the image to your blog just like you would with any other image. One of the main reasons why bloggers like to use screen caps in their blog is so they can make notes and point out specific areas to the users who are reading their blog.
Another useful resource for editing your screen captures is the free image editing software (built within the browser) is http://pixlr.com.