Using Skitch to Make Easy & Fun Image Captures

Using Skitch to Make Easy & Fun Image Captures

Range Govindan
Aug 24, 2011

From time to time, it's necessary to take a screen shot of your desktop. Both Macs and PCs have ways of doing this, but it usually implies porting the image capture into an image editing software to modify it. It can get tedious, but that's something that our favorite image capturing software Skitch isn't about. Skitch allows you to capture screen shots, modify them, and share them thanks to their online service.

Taking image or screen capture is a good way of taking a snapshot of what's going happening on your computer. We mentioned Skitch when it was in private beta back in 2007. The really cool thing about Skitch is that it's very fast and there's no need to open up Photoshop to edit your screen capture. The app has all of the features necessary to do it without needing help from other programs.

If you've never tried screen captures on your computer, you can do the following:
Mac: ⌘ + Shift + 3
PC: CTRL + Print Screen

The Mac-version of this command saves the capture directly on your desktop. In Windows, you'll have to open an image editing software and paste it in with CTRL + V.

You can annotate photos, capture still during Skype conversations, and the drag and save function is definitely a plus. Instead capturing the whole screen, Skitch lets you select the area that you and and capture it. You don't need Skitch to do this because OS X has this built-in with the following command:

⌘ + Shift + 4

The mouse cursor will change to a '+' and allow you to select a portion of the screen you want to capture. You can share these Skitch captures with friends and family, via your Skitch account. They can be shared on various social networking sites, like Twitter and Facebook. The best part is that Skitch is a free in the Mac App Store, so it doesn't hurt to try it out, especially if you like capturing stuff that happens on your computer. It's also quite useful if you regularly help people with certain programs or things that need to be done on their computers. There's nothing quite like an easy, annotated image to explain things.

Skitch is also available for Android and it's going to be released soon on iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch).

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(Images by Skitch, Cris Pearson (Funki Porcini's Fast Asleep album cover), and Miguel Marques)

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