How I Use a $50 Graphics Editor to Make Quick and Easy Images for Websites and Presentations

No matter what type of business you’re running from home, you no doubt require the help of a graphic designer on occasion. Well, how would you feel if I told you that you could be doing the work yourself? It’s true.

Like you, I didn’t think I would be able to take care of my own image editing, but thanks to a great program, the dirty work is done for me. I started using a program called Snagit over a year ago, with no regrets.

I use Snagit everyday.

It’s easy to follow – unlike more intricate software – and it allows me to create images and modify photos for my websites. Best of all, I have no use for graphic designers who can charge $75.00 or more per hour. Money is time, and hiring a professional usually means waiting for a finished product.

I would be lost without this program, especially since I can capture screen shots or an entire web page. To catch a web page in its entirety, Snagit provides a scrolling window feature that transforms the site into a PDF file. Snagit even allows me to record simple video tutorials.

The program lets me alter my images and photos with the click of a button, including arrows, text, borders and shadowing. My favorite feature of the program is called “edge effects”, which gives images a more polished look, using drop shadows, faded edges and torn edges, among others.

I also use Snagit to create PowerPoint presentations filled with graphics, by capturing an image or web page and sending it directly through. The program links the graphics or image directly to my presentation, so I don’t have to go searching for it or follow a set of complicated steps.

Snagit produces results that make me look like I really know what I’m doing. I even used the image editor to design the SUPER BootCamp, using an average of 125 slides per presentation. In total, I created more than 3,200 slides with ease.

The program doesn’t stop there. I use it to create quick, on-the-fly tutorials, where I can add narrative instructions. It helps me add photos and images to these newsletters, and I can quickly take a “picture” of something on my screen and send it to someone else for clarification during a Skype chat or phone call.

If you work online and trying to communicate ideas to others should be using Snagit, regardless of the platform. Whether you are involved in a discussion via a website or through e-mail or Skype, you will get a great deal of use out of this program.

The results speak for themselves. Here are a few screenshots that I captured with Snagit – I’m sure you’ll be impressed by the lack of skills required to operate the program and create images like these:

To get a better idea of what Snagit can do for you, visit the program website for a free trial. You can also find tons of great tutorials on the site (but the program is so easy to use that you might not need the extra help).

If you like the trial and decide to keep using the program, the cost is only $49.95. With other programs out there running hundreds of dollars and professionals charging hefty fees, I think Snagit is terrific.

My apologies to the graphic design experts - looks like they lost another one.

2 Comments

  1. Peter - Snagit Guide says:

    Great article James. I especially like the part on how you created all the slides with ease. Snagit is an incredibly productive tool.

    Reply
  2. Ilya says:

    Awesome blog! will bookmark it for future reference.

    Reply

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