Tool to create unscaled call-out from a thumbnail image?
April 22, 2010 4:02 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for some software that can highlight the position and appearance of controls on zoomed-out screen shots for a software tutorial. Does software for doing this exist?

I'm creating an online tutorial for some software and need to include screenshots. In particular, I want to highlight the position and appearance of a given control in a large screen. Given that I haven't got the space to show the screen at full resolution (at least, not alongside the tutorial text), I figured I would use a kind of call-out from a thumbnail. Here's my poor first effort, made in Paint.NET:

Given how long this took me to craft, I'd really like to find a tool to speed things up (and make them look a little more professional!). Preferably a free one, too - or one that has a downloadable trial. The exact style it produces isn't that important, provided it achieves the desired effect.

Can anyone help me out?
posted by Wilka to Computers & Internet (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
CamStudio is pretty good. It lets you annotate the screencaps.
posted by SuperSquirrel at 6:11 AM on April 22, 2010

Sketchup could easily extrude a section of your screenshot and make it look very professional.
posted by JJ86 at 6:43 AM on April 22, 2010

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