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How do I create an image with "instructions" in it?

Ok I want to be able to create images like these:

I'm no graphics expert (and i've got no idea how i can achieve that effects in that page)

I mean I know how to screen shot and crop the image but after that I'm basically stucked.

(I have Photoshop btw, but I've got no idea how to use it)

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Basic shapes and text are not that difficult. You'll need to be a bit more specific. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jul 12 '11 at 6:11

Try Greenshot. It's free and brings your image into its inbuit editor so you can add annotations or make amendments if you wish - it makes for very rapid screen capturing and processing for manuals etc.

Built-in editor

Greenshot's built-in editor

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You don't actually need Photoshop to create "screen annotations".

The ones I have tried are "ZoomIt" (free), and the Firefox addon "Awesome Screenshot - Capture and Annotate".

More reading:

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I was going to suggest Awesome Screenshot as well :) – red Jul 12 '11 at 6:35
Zoomit is great, but it's for annotating the screen during presentations - you cannot save screenshots – Linker3000 Jul 12 '11 at 12:48

I use Zscreen to get the screenshots - it is free software with many functions. Then I load the image in LibreOffice Draw where I can add speech bubbles, arrows, smileys, cliparts etc. (all in vector format, so I can always move or resize every part) and finally export as PDF (one click) or very easily to PNG and others.

Alternatively you can use other free utility MWSnap, which is older, but has some basic drawing features.


For me, the combination of Zscreen and LibreOffice Draw is optimal. :-)

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Try the FastStone Capture application.

It is small and handy - quite quick and to the point. Use it on a regular basis.

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