Quality screenshots

Started by jane, Oct 21, 2022, 04:19 AM

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Greetings to all members of the forum! Today, I encountered an intriguing issue regarding the creation of high-quality screenshots for websites of a specific size. The task at hand involves taking screenshots of certain programs and actions on a website with a content block width of 640px, and the width of the images must also be 640px. The conventional method of taking a screenshot by pressing "prtscr," adjusting the image size in the editor, and saving it as a .gif or .jpg file results in poor quality images. Adjusting the image dimensions in WP settings and uploading an original sized image, such as 1400*600, and then scaling it down also produces similarly low-quality screenshots.

I would highly appreciate any guidance or recommendations on the matter since I feel that there is something straightforward that I am missing. Are there any programs, services, or life hacks that can enable me to create scaled-down screenshots without compromising their quality? For instance, if I need to take a 1366px wide screenshot and reduce it to 640px, what should I do to ensure good quality?


If I understand correctly, a solution to the screenshot problem might be to open the screenshot in Paint.net and then use Ctrl+R to adjust the necessary parameters before saving it in any format. To take a screenshot of a specific program window, first, make sure that the window is active and then press Shift+Print Screen. This technique captures only the active window and not the entire desktop.

Another handy tool to consider using for taking screenshots is WinSnap. It allows you to choose a specific area to capture, making it highly convenient.


My preferred tool for taking screenshots is FastStone Capture, which is a paid product but boasts many useful functions. These include creating scrolling screenshots, using an editor with arrows, labels, blurring tools, and various effects, detecting pixel colors, using a screen ruler, and much more.

For video recording in optimal quality, my top pick is UVScreenCamera, a domestic paid product that has two standout features: the ability to save recordings in a custom format without loss and the option to export them as GIFs, FLVs, AVIs, or other file types with numerous codecs. Another essential feature of this tool is the capability to smoothen pointer movements during editing in its built-in editor. I can trim unwanted footage from the recording, choose two boundary frames, apply smoothing, and the editor will generate additional frames that minimize pointer jerkiness. This function is impressive and incredibly valuable.


Specialized online services can take a full screenshot of a web page without installing additional software on your computer. A specialized online service generates a screenshot of a long page, creates a site thumbnail, which can then be saved to a computer.


There are a few methods you can try to maintain good quality when resizing screenshots.

One option is to use a dedicated screenshot tool that allows you to capture screenshots at the desired size directly. Some popular screenshot tools include Snagit, Greenshot, and Lightshot. These tools often provide options to capture specific areas of the screen or adjust the dimensions of the captured screenshot.

Alternatively, you can use image editing software like Adobe Photoshop or GIMP to resize the screenshots while maintaining their quality. When resizing, make sure to choose a high-quality resampling algorithm, such as "Bicubic" or "Lanczos," to minimize the loss of details.

To resize a 1366px wide screenshot to 640px, open the image in your preferred editing software and select the "Resize" or "Image Size" option. Input the desired width of 640px, and the software will automatically adjust the height while maintaining the aspect ratio. After resizing, save the screenshot as a high-quality image file format, such as PNG or JPEG with maximum quality settings.

Remember, it's best to capture screenshots at the required size whenever possible to minimize the loss of quality during resizing. And always double-check the settings of the software or platform where you're displaying these screenshots to ensure they don't further compress or degrade the image quality.