How to use Awesome screenshot to capture, annotate and share images

Are you a blogger and looking for easy to use tool to capture, annotate and share images on your Blog. Then you should definitely try awesomescreenshot browser extension.

Awesome Screenshot

Awesome Screenshot is easy to use browser extensions to screencast, record screen. You can capture screen for a full page, annotate, blur sensitive info, and share with one-click uploads. Annotated images help to explain the topic better. You can create an arrow, text on the images, comments. There are some good features available for a beginner blogger and it’s free.

Awesome Screenshot is available as an extension for popular browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari browser. You can use below link to Install it.

Features

  • Capture or clip selected area, or all visible portion, or entire page, Supports PNG format
  • Supports horizontal scrolling when capturing
  • Desktop screen capture
  • Annotate any image with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text
  • Crop, scroll & show crop area dimensions
  • Blur certain sections to hide sensitive information
  • Copy the screenshot and paste it to Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Supports Windows and Linux
  • Save to local
  • One-click to upload to awesomescreenshot.com and get a shareable link
  • Support for Google Drive (Gdrive)
  • Save very large images, bypass the 2M limit. No more crashes
  • Interact with point-specific comments between friends and colleagues

I am going to use Google Chrome Browser for this demo. If you don’t have Google Chrome, you can download it from here.

Install Awesome Screenshot

There is no need to download and install any software. It is an extension. Open Extension for chrome link to install it. Click on the button Add to Chrome at the upper right-hand top.

add awesome screen to chrome

This creates a small button on the upper right-hand side browser as shown below. Just click that icon to launch Awesome Screenshot. When you click on the apps launcher you can see the popup window as shown below. This is a toolbar with all available options.

awesome screenshot toolbar

Let’s see each option available and how to use it.

How to use Awesome Screenshot

This is very easy to use extension. The learning curve is very less and with less than an hour you can use it efficiently. In general, just click to open toolbar and select menu to perform a respective action. Below are the generic steps involved in using Awesome Screenshot.

  • Open Extension
  • Capture image
  • Annotate image

First, let’s see the different available options to capture the image.

Capture Images

This is the first step before starting annotating the image. You need to capture an image which you want to use. Below are different options available in Awesome Screenshot to capture images.

  • Capture Visible Part of Page – This option captures the entire visible area of the browser.
  • Capture Selected Area – This provides a crosshair which you can use the select the required area and click on Capture button. This helps to capture part small part of the active window.
  • Capture entire page – It actually captures entire page web page. When I say entire, it is a complete web page and not just the only visible portion. This image could be very large vertically if the web page is bigger.
  • Select a local image – This allows you to select the image file on your desktop. It opens a browse window. Just locate and select the file to open it. You can also use Drag and Drop feature.
  • Capture Desktop – You can use this to capture entire desktop or choose any running application.
  • Record Screen – This opens a small pop-up window with a record button. In the free version, you can record video up to 30 sec. You need to buy the paid version to record lengthy video.
  • My Recordings – This opens all the recorded videos in a separate window.

 

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