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Creating Screenshots and Images for User Guides

Efficient ways to create professional-looking diagrams, images and screenshots
  • Duration

    3 hours

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    About this course

    Who is this course for?

    This course is for anyone developing user guides and online Help who wants:

    • A foundational understanding of how to use diagrams, screenshots and images, in an effective and efficient way.
    • To see practical, real-world examples.

    What you'll learn

    How to use diagrams, images and screenshots to communicate to your audience, with a focus on simplicity and ease of understanding.

    You'll go through the key stages in developing screenshots, diagrams, and other images.

    You’ll learn to understand the context, choose an effective visual display method, focus the user's attention, apply design best practices, and use the appropriate software tools to communicate your message.

    How you will learn

    Our video course presents a mix of design theory, best practices, software, and practical application.

    The course contains 22 exercises (and suggested answers) for you to practice your skills.

    With the exercises, you will need to allocate around seven hours to complete the course.

    Please note, we don’t focus on highly detailed technical illustrations or 3D drawings that you might find in the aerospace or automotive industries. Also, the course does not cover Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality.

    We'll take you from first principles, so all you need is a basic understanding of what a user guide is for.

    You'll need access to PowerPoint, or a similar application, in order to complete some of the exercises. And it will help if you have a copy of Snagit.

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    Presented by

    Ellis Pratt

    Our training partner Ellis Pratt is a technical services expert with a passion for technical communication and learning development.

    He has been working in technical communication since the early 1990s.

    Ellis hosts The Cherryleaf Podcast, one of the most popular podcasts on technical communication in the world. 

    He is also:
    • A Member of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators (ISTC)
    • An Associate of the Institution of Engineering and Technology

    He was a judge for the UK Technical Communication Awards 2020 and the DevPortal Awards 2020 and 2021.