How to Create Awesome Screenshots

The main thing to remember with screenshots is that they must be aesthetically pleasing. We are teaching skills such as design, therefore our screenshots must be pleasant to look at.

The general rule of thumb when using screenshots is to show what you’re teaching in the step it’s illustrating and nothing else. Any additional information may confuse readers.

Width & Size

Screenshots should be a fixed 850px wide, however their height is unrestricted.

File Size

All screenshots should be under 200kb. Should JPG compression cause artefacts on your images, consider whether you need all the information within the image shown or it could be better expressed in text. Read more about image optimisation.

Text & Annotation

Should you need to annotate your screenshots, please use our annotation resources.

Avoid using additional text on your screenshot, as this should be included in your step text. This makes it easier for those who are using translation services.

The language of your software should be set to English.

Clipping

Avoid clipping any part of panels as this will make your screenshots look messy.

Be sure to leave a 20-30px border around any panel screenshots as this will prevent panels from looking clipped/cropped.

Wallpaper & Settings

Should you need to screenshot any part of your desktop, please use our Tuts+ wallpaper (or try the dark version).

Avoid using bold colours and fonts as part of your operating systems aesthetic. This can distract from the information you’re providing in your screenshots.

Fitting to 850px

Try to avoid resizing screenshots to fit into the 850px width restriction. It’s important that you should not increase the size of your UI to fit your screenshot as this may lead to a pixelated or blurred look. Sometimes decreasing the size of the UI is necessary (such as the Brush windows in Adobe Illustrator which are more than 850px wide), however please do this with caution.

Should the panel or window you’re screenshot be a lot smaller than 850px or have a small height, consider displaying a preview of what you’re currently working on (digital art wise), alongside the element, so you can show the reader where they should be up to in the tutorial.