Friday, January 3, 2014

Online Marketing Tip – Using Screen Shots in Your Blog Posts

Visuals work. Screen Shots are highly focused visuals.

The great thing about using screen shots in your blog posts is it helps in conveying what you’re trying to get across. Adding visual aids to your articles lets the readers know you’ve taken the extra step to enhance their reading experience. This matters.

So, how to you use screen shots?

4 Steps to using Screen Shots in Your Blog Posts

1. On your keyboard, there is a “Prt Sc Sys Rq” or "Print Screen" button. On my laptop it looks like this:

















(If you’re wondering about the crazy Delete button on the top right of the image, it kept getting stuck and would delete whatever I was working on, so I took the top off.)

To add a screen shot, simple click on the “Prt Sc Sys Rq” button. It will take a picture of whatever is on your screen.

For the image above, I had a JPG of my laptop keyboard. I inserted it onto a blank page then clicked on the ‘print screen’ button.

2. Next, I went to Microsoft’s Paint feature. This is what it looks like in the menu:





















I clicked on the Paint Button and pasted (Ctrl V) the image into it.

3. Next I edited the image, by adding the red circle around the button, the cropped it to how I wanted it. I saved it as a it as a JPG to a file.

4. The last step, I inserted the image into this post.

Pretty simple, right?

I'd love to know if this was helpful or if you already knew how to do this.

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FOR MORE ON CREATING IMAGES, CHECK OUT:

Write That eBook and Design Your Own Cover in 10 Easy Steps
It gives step-by-step instructions on creating book covers and images and gives plenty of examples.

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MORE ON ONLINE MARKETING

Blog Post Template – The 8 Standard Components (Part 1)
The Author Website – Keep it Simple and to the Point
Creating Images – Simple and Quick

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Karen Cioffi
Award-Winning Author, Freelancer/Ghostwriter, Author/Writer Online Platform Instructor
Build an Online Platform That Works

2 comments:

widdershins said...

I love my screen shot tool ... which I discovered thanks to your 'Make your own ebook covers' w/shop! :D

Karen Cioffi said...

Hey, Widder, me too. And, I'm so glad the webinar was helpful!