How To Do a Screen Capture and Add Text

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It can be helpful at times to be able to do a screen capture. Perhaps you want to save it for being able to reference later. Maybe you want to share the screen shot with a colleague to discuss something. Perhaps it is an image that you want to include in a blog post!

There are different ways to do screen captures, but today I wanted to spotlight a free app called Skitch.

At the top center of the app window is a pull down list of different ways to get what you want on the editing canvas. The most used option is the default which is “screen snap”. If you click it, you will be asked to click and drag a rectangle area that it will capture as an image whatever is inside the rectangle. (As an option, you can simply click inside any app window and it will capture the entire window.)

Once you have your screenshot, you have the option to mark it up with arrows and text. There is also other tools like stamps and shapes. The bottom of the tool palette is a swatch that lets you choose from several different colors.

In the image below, you can see some of the different drawing objects you can overlay.

skitch objects


Once you draw an object, you can edit its location or simply delete it. In order to do this, click on the object. Notice that when you click an object, little blue circles appear on the points that you can modify.



For instance, if it is an arrow, you can adjust either endpoint to better hit your target. If it is a text object, you can drag the corner circles to make the text larger or smaller. You can also move an object. First click the object to select it, THEN click and drag where you want it to go.

If you want to delete an object, click it to select it. Then press the delete key.

Finally once you are ready to save it, you can use the “Skitch” menu at the top and choose “Save as Image”.

You have the option of a few different file types such as PNG, JPG, and PDF. The PNG format is a really good for illustrations like this especially if you are going to insert it into a document or a blog post. If you are going to email the file to somebody, PDF is a great choice because most everybody will know how to read it.

Skitch is part of the Evernote site, and I do recommend you check out Evernote also! However you do not need to have an Evernote account to use Skitch.

You can download Skitch from this page


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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

There are some good apps for screen capture - Skitch being part of Evernote is surely a better option for many using Evernote.

Chrome (and for that matter other browsers) have a plug-in for screen capture which can be edited like Skitch.

Sep 03, 2014 02:55 PM #41
Steve and Sherri Stinnett
NoCo Home Store @ C3 Real Estate Solutions - Loveland, CO
The Stinnett Team

Great Advice!

Sep 03, 2014 03:26 PM #42
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

I will have to look into this one. Right now I use Jing by Tech Smith to take screen shots and mark them up.

Sep 03, 2014 04:26 PM #43
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Craig - We always look forward to your posts - never a waste of time.   You are always so wonderful to share all of these exciting new things!   I cannot wait to try it out!

Sep 03, 2014 05:17 PM #44
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Tried it and LOVE IT!                           Skitch

Sep 03, 2014 05:36 PM #45
Coach KC™
Prosperitor LLC dba Secured Futures - Albuquerque, NM
Marketing • Productivity • Revenue • Development

Bam! You did it again Craig, good stuff. Thanks so much; greatly appreciate it. Keep it coming! --Coach

Sep 03, 2014 07:11 PM #46
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Craig.  Never heard of that app.  Of course there are thousand out there I know would help that I've never heard of

Sep 03, 2014 09:23 PM #47
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


I've been a Skitch user on my iPad and Samsung Galaxy Note for quite some time. Amazing app.


Sep 03, 2014 09:55 PM #48
Victoria Ray Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge

thanks Craig! I appreciate you sharing this information!

Sep 04, 2014 12:25 AM #49
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Craig, As always good stuff. May have to give this a try.

Sep 04, 2014 01:00 AM #50
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Thanks for the tip Craig. I just downloaded it and will try it out.

Sep 04, 2014 01:12 AM #51
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

This is great Craig!   I use the Snipping Tool with Windows but like that I can add text with this. Thanks for sharing!!!!



Sep 04, 2014 11:26 AM #52
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I've been using snag-it but this is definitely worth checking out.  I have bookmarked this and will need to review again.  Thanks for sharing this great informative post.

Sep 04, 2014 01:07 PM #53
Pam Dent
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse

I love skitch but find it much easier to use on my ipad than on the pc.

Sep 06, 2014 11:23 PM #54
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Thanks for sharing this post, as I think skitch could come in real handy. I have bookmarked this one for further reference.

Sep 08, 2014 03:19 PM #55
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Really need to learn this soon, would be handy for many blogs I'm planning to do.

Sep 08, 2014 04:12 PM #56
Kathy Smiley
Rodeo Realty ~ Fine Estates Westlake Village - Westlake Village, CA
Westlake Village, CA - "Making YOU Smile!"

So cool, I am going to test this out!

Sep 24, 2014 04:15 PM #57
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

It is a bit of a treat going back and reading some of Active Rains best archives  like this one. Should be shared again.

Mar 29, 2015 01:12 PM #58
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

great explanation I use skitch too it is very useful at times mostly on the tablet or phone

May 02, 2015 03:09 PM #59
Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate
Results Real Estate 801.580.5624 - Draper, UT
Broker, Results Real Estate

This is still on my list of items to try! ......  Thank you for the reminder..

Aug 31, 2015 10:51 PM #60
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