There are a couple of programs here I like and use on a daily basis. If you are feeling a tad adventurous have a go. They are free too. Microsoft produces some good stuff. Don’t forget there is always a “Cancel” button when you are playing with them. Expression Design has multiple undos so experiment (Edit menu or CTRL z)

Microsoft Expression Design

If you want to create graphics yourself a very good program that I use as my main image editor is Microsoft Expression Design.

You will need .Net framework to be installed which is a good addition anyway to your operating system.  Get it HERE : https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17851&source=mscom-net&desc=dotnet4

Expression Design its available as a free download here and it’s so much better than paint.

There are tutorials but just simple stuff like putting text on a picture it’s very cool. Worth learning though it takes some effort. But be brave you wouldn’t have got here now if you weren’t secretly as tough as an old boot.expressionhb

The video below will get you started, watch full screen. The help – user guide on the program is excellent.

 

The important thing to do is to experiment and use the user guide.  It’s not so hard and you can produce some professional stuff with this program. Coupled with 4sharedshot you can have a super time.

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4SharedShot

You can download it here

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In the good old days of computing, the makers of computers decided it would be useful to capture what was on the screen as a picture. So they made the PrtScr button on your keyboard. It has been there since the 1980s so its ideal for us and so many people never use it.

If you pressed it now it would capture the whole screen you then open your image editor (like the above) or Paint and paste. However, this is a bit gross I don’t want the whole screen I only want the picture I’m viewing that I can’t save by right-clicking. (Don’t forget your right mouse button!!!). Say I wanted to capture this page…I have 4 shared shot installed, I’ll try and make a video using my phone but I’m a bit shaky…..

You press PrtScr then You put your mouse at the corner of where you want to capture, hold the left mouse button down and drag it to the opposite corner. Release and you are at the save screen. Give it a name and save it remembering where you saved it. “Pictures” is a good folder.

You can save it as a .jpg file which is standard but I save good pictures as a .png file it’s better quality tho a larger size. I never save as a .bmp.

4SharedShot capture

You can download it here

One of the ways this is so useful is that you can use MS Word or Powerpoint as a graphics program. Design your graphic and capture it. I did the graphic below in MS Word.

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To summarise:

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Please be aware of copyright when capturing images. Give credit where credit is due.