Best Screen Capture Software

How lucky am I? While discussing with a client what screen-capture software to use, I was contacted by another blogger about possibly linking to a blog post he’d written about … get this … Best Screen Capture Software!

The best part of being a creative service provider is knowing that I don’t have to have all the answers – especially to technical issues or products. I prefer to defer to others who have the expertise to investigate and review such things.

Joseph Gildred has is the blogger that I’m speaking of, and his very informative and easy-to-read blog post appears here.  On his post, you’ll find several different brands of screen capture software as well as what is great about each brand.

What is screen capture software? It’s software that is installed on your computer which you can access to capture an image, a webpage or even a video. What you capture can be edited or used as is.

Clients have found it easier to explain issues, dislikes and likes as they browse the web, when speaking to me about services that they need. Showing me what they are talking about is often easier than trying to find words for some things that might have their own language as items often do on the Internet.

Screen captures are also excellent for creating Featured Images for blog posts when you can’t find what you need. (Always be aware of capturing work that is copyrighted and carries licensing fees.)

Here are some other ideas you can draw from when using a screen capture tool:

  1. Pausing a video to capture a specific image that is within the video.
  2. Capturing a snapshot of a website page to use as an image within a blog post to enhance the reader’s experience when referring to a public figure, news agency, etc.
  3. Snagging a portion of an image to use in a blog post (you can select how much of an image you want to capture and customize your results)
  4. Capturing a moment in time as it happens. A news story, or a Live Streaming video that has information in it that you’d like to remember.
  5. Capturing notes that you’ve written that you want to post, but not have others copy the text in a text editor. Quotes are often shared this way.
  6. Capture an image and edit it in the software’s editing tool by adding arrows, text, highlights, etc. This is extremely helpful to me when I’m teaching a client how to use various online tools, or sharing with them any changes made that they needed to know about within their website.
  7. While creating presentations in PowerPoint, or videos, I will often use a screen capture tool to create an image that I want to be included in the presentation.

Every computer user really needs to have a screen capture tool on their computer – and even though computers come with the ability to capture screens, they are not as user-friendly or as flexible as the stand-alone software provides.

With screen capture software, you get to see immediately what you’ve just captured and then have an option to edit it. My favorite software is Snag-it. It’s awesome that Joseph has collected other brands for you to choose from.

Check it out …

Best Screen Capture Software
By Joseph Gildred — Last Updated: 05 Dec’17

Whether for a presentation, writing a cloud storage review or saving someone’s daft social media post for posterity, the ability to image your screen comes in handy. While computers have a built-in screenshot function, dedicated screen capture software advances that capability considerably.

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Here’s a great list of FREE Photo and Clipart resources

No need to keep searching for free clipart or free photos!

Here’s a nifty list with many various resources and websites that provide free clipart and photos for your blog posts.

Free clipart for your blog postsNote that I mentioned “for your blog posts”. Not all clipart or photos are free for anything you want. After all, the artists and photographers deserve to make a living too, especially if you’ll be making money off of their work!

When visiting these sites, you’ll see, in addition to advertisements, other images offered in response to your search inquiry. Usually, the images that have a watermark on them, are images that you’ll need to pay a license fee for.  The images that are free of watermarks can be used for blog posts.

Be sure to read the requirements on each of these sites because some allow you to use their images carte blanche while others may request that you sign up for their newsletter, or pay a fee for any image that you’ll be using for print or marketing purposes, or other endeavors outside of blog posts.

What you need to know is that when you pay a fee to use images – whether artwork or photographs, you aren’t actually buying the image outright. You are licensing the image for a particular use.

Or this informative article regarding copyrights on clipart, written by Bobbie Peachey, Clip Art Expert on

Can't find the clipart you need?If you can’t find what you are looking for, then you can always contact me personally and for a small fee for clipart, or a licensing fee for custom illustrations, I’ll create just what you need!

Cartoons, clipart, and illustrations are used for not just blog posts, but marketing material, presentations, branding, book pages,  book covers, websites, products, trade show booths – you name it, an illustration, cartoon or clipart may be just what you need.

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Contracting for Customized Artwork

Custom art on a marketing productOften a customer has a specific need or character in mind.  Choosing existing clipart or cartoons sometimes doesn’t  work for a new project, and so they call me to consult with them regarding creating a new piece of artwork or cartoon. 

As a Professional Creative Life Coach, I’m use to working with entrepreneurs and other creative individuals who have a vision or an idea in mind, but are overwhelmed with how to get from A to B.  They may have one idea, but instinctively know that there’s more to their idea than what they can see. When they hire me as a coach, not only do they get a discount for their custom artwork, they access ideas, strategies and resources that make their project all that more possible. 

Not only do I provide creative services, I also network with a wide range of other service providers and artists who are excellent and are great team members. Not every artistic style meets every need. My joy is in helping you move forward with your project and dream, as an artist, a coach, or both.

If you don’t mind the image being resold, then you save money.  If you want artwork that will be original to your product and own all rights, then your investment will be higher.  Copyright and licensing is negotiable when you have a win/win outcome in mind. 

Call me at 1 (720) 295-7409

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More Than Meets the Eye …

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words …

(Over committed, with an inability to say “no”)

Not every illustration and cartoon has to be funny.  Sometimes the message is so difficult that just a touch of humor (or sugar) makes the medicine go down easier.

Perhaps your message is complicated and you’ve noticed your audience stumbling over a particular point or subject matter.  Perhaps an illustration is needed to help those attendees visualize the concept more clearly.

If your message is important enough for you to devote your time and energy to delivering it, then you will want to pay attention to the high number of individuals who are visual learners.

Visual learners comprehend and remember information that they see – not necessarily hear.  While they are listening, they are searching for visual clues to comprehend and understand what they are learning. Body gestures, facial expressions, physical examples and demonstrations of what you are communicating will help aid your visual learning audience.  Utilizing charts, illustrations, flowcharts, cartoons and illustrations enhance and make clear your message and information.

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How to make the Google Birthday Calendar disappear

Who cluttered up my calendar?

How to make the Google Birthday Calendar disappear in 6 easy steps

* (updated 4/9/2015) Whoot! Whoot!  FINALLY Google updated this so that we can hide the Google Calendar birthdays. Have no clue what took them so long, but … they finally listened. 


Go to their help section here, to learn how to do this. 

You can read the rest of the blog if you like … or not.


… well, sorta …

When I originally wrote this post, the calendars completely disappeared. When I went back to my calendar today, I saw that the cake pieces still remained. At least it doesn’t look as cluttered as it did before, and I can see my other dates better. Needless to say, this just takes the cake! Why, Google, why?

Just when you think you have them all individually deleted, or down to a minimum, Facebook, Google + and who knows who else, syncs the birth date once again on your calendar for every person in your friends list … successfully cluttering up your calendar.

Researching on how to delete this annoyance earlier last year, I ran across a way to unsubscribe from the Birthday’s Calendar.  But with this last update that Google did – all of those Google Birthdays are back – and more obnoxious than ever!  There is no way to unsubscribe to this calendar.

Now, tell me WHY would Google think that having EVERYONE’S birthday (even “friends” you don’t know) on your calendar, beats me. But on my smart phone, it makes it nearly impossible for me to use my calendar.

There are options for the Google Calendar app – and Google has provided that information. However, they do NOT address how to get rid of this pesky clutter within your main calendar, short of just not using your calendar anymore. (Really Google?)

Once again I went to my favorite search engine … yeah, yeah, … it’s Google … and found a forum discussion on how to delete your Google Birthday Calendar. One person suggested unchecking the color scheme for the Birthdays’ calendar, so I immediately tried that … and the color can’t be unchecked.

BUT … your Birthday Calendar can be changed to a custom color.  That gave me an idea … and it worked.

How to make the Google Birthday Calendar disappear

  1. Go to your Google Calendar (making sure that you are logged in, of course) … and look to the left of your window where all the Calendars are listed and where you can pick a color for each of your calendars.
  2. Scroll down to the list of My calendars
  3. Click on the Birthday calendar to make the sub menu drop down
  4. Click on the EDIT COLOR link at the bottom of the sub-menu
  5. Google Birthday calendarNow highlight the color code and replace it with six Fs, like this … (#ffffff)
  6. Click OK when you see that the color has turned to white … and voila! Your Google Birthday calendar is now hidden from view.How to make the Google Birthday calendar invisible

The calendar text and background color are now white, and appear invisible on your calendar days.

Whew … now you can get back to business! If you need further help with your creative needs, contact me for more #CreativeHelp with your WordPress website, cartoons and illustrations, graphic recording or … Creative Visual Coaching

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Best Way to Stop Spam 100% to Free Up Your Inbox and Life

rp_ohno_72dpi-262x300.pngWasting 2-3 hours a day on deleting spam and setting filters that won’t work, just about put me over the edge.

Every November there is a dramatic increase in spam emails which continue through December due to the holiday season.

Are you annoyed, but thinking that this will lighten up once the holidays pass? The last year I wasted time cleaning up my inbox, I waited it out … and deleted … and deleted … and deleted.

Patience is indeed one of my virtues, and I had accepted this nasty task as part of doing business over the Internet in our current “Cyber-world”.

January rolled around and suddenly, like a plague of locusts, tons of new spam arrived in my inbox, in multiple duplicates!  Enough was enough! There had to be an answer!

Searching on Google I found post after post of on how to reduce spam, control mailing lists, and software that you download to your computer and filter from your hard drive. In fact, I was already using one of these, which I’d been happy with, but was still a bit dismayed that I still had to do the delete and train the software manually.

SpamArrestThen I came upon SpamArrest*.  It’s a service where people have to confirm that they are human before their mail will pass on through. That is, people you aren’t expecting mail from, who are legitimate senders – something that I was concerned about since much of my work comes from word-of-mouth referrals and Google searches.

I was prepared to pay a monthly fee for this service of what I figured would be an expected price point of at least $10 a month. It was worth it to me to do that, just to regain my valuable time and peace of mind.  To my delight, the cost for SpamArrest isn’t even close to that much! You have the option of paying a monthly fee of less than $8 or save bigger chunks of money by paying for a few months in advance.  I chose the 6 month option and saved even more.

This service is a true service, and not software that you have to install or mess with. You enter your email address and your POP/IMAP settings and SpamArrest will then pull all of your email from your server and filter it. To make things easier, you can enter preferred email addresses individually, or upload from Outlook or Plaxo.

After the email has been filtered, you can still go to the “Unverified” area and double check to make sure that legitimate emails weren’t accidentally filtered, and approve of them. You don’t lose anything – until you delete it. (You can change many features in the settings menu so that you never see the unverified emails, but I wouldn’t recommend it.)

HappySpamArrest has a webmail feature too – meaning that you can send and receive email (including your signature if desired) straight from their website, if you like … or, you can set up your email to be pulled in through Outlook, or whichever email software you prefer. This can be set up on your phone, tablet and computer. The settings are simple and there are instructions on how to do this on the SpamArrest website.

Be prepared to think that you aren’t receiving emails anymore! Just know that this is all an illusion. Instead of getting 500 emails an hour that are spam and having to sift through them all, I’m now receiving my legitimate emails nicely – and cleanly. Almost makes me dizzy, seeing how I don’t have to fight my inbox anymore!

I couldn’t be happier.



* This is an affiliate link. My reviews and recommendations are always true to my experiences. I would be nuts not to become an affiliate of SpamArrest! You should do the same …

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What Exactly Does Work for Hire Mean?

ContractsThe conversation that revolves around work for hire is one that I repeatedly have with my clients. I do not do work for hire work at my normal prices. Why? There is no need to, since I give generous licensing rights to my clients to reproduce the work I create for them, for the purposes that they set up with me from the beginning. However, if you are serious about wanting work for hire, please read the articles contained in the links below, and be prepared to pay a much higher price.

Many people think that work for hire simply means what it appears to say on the surface, which is, “I hired you to do my work, therefore, I own it.”

In a nutshell, the legal definition does NOT mean that – fully. It means that the client is considered the author and creator of the work and can do whatever they want to do – stripping me, the artist of all rights.

In order to keep my prices reasonable and to stay in business, I keep all copyrights of the work I create.  Various resources that address this issue are as follows:



If you’d like to know more about legal terms surrounding artwork and graphic work, here’s a direct link to the Graphic Artist’s Guild for their CONTRACT GLOSSARY.

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Celebrating Creativity, Ideas, Inspiration and Momentum!

Got questions? We have ideas!July 4th is the perfect weekend to start celebrating creativity by connecting with other creative people. What defines a creative person? A creative person is not just a visual artist, a musician, or a writer or actor.  Creativity resides in every industry and in every nook and cranny you can think of.

Did you know that one of the worse things you can say to a creative person is, “Just stick to one thing”?

Nothing shuts down the creative flow faster than being limited as to what can flow creatively – and when.

If you have a challenge in business, or in life that needs a creative solution – join us to brainstorm the answers!

Start off your holiday weekend with a bang! Light the fuse on your creativity …

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How To Create Your Product Empire on a Shoe String Budget

Four Seasons MousepadWhat if you were to take your message, or the characters in your book … or those powerful quotes that you love to repeat and share … and put them in a product that your website visitors would buy? Imagine multiplying your intellectual property into a line of products that reinforce everything you write?

Here’s 3 Ideas for creating products:

Online Retailers:  Zazzle is an online service that provides a plethora of products and opportunities for you to implement into your own business online and offline.

The service is free. The biggest condition that you must have is the legal permission or copyright to reproduce the artwork onto their products.  You simply go to their site, create an account and upload your artwork to create products. They make the product and ship to the customer when it is purchased (whether it is for you to resell or use for advertising or someone who wants to buy for themselves.)  The money earned is split between you and them.

Here’s what it might look like for you. You’ve written a book and are writing blog posts that support your book. The topic is fascinating and a following is created. In your writing you bring out interesting concepts or facts. These concepts, facts, characters, etc. become the image that you put on merchandise.  With a service like this, you can do that, without worrying about the manufacturing or distribution of the merchandise. It can be sold directly from your website. Besides selling products, you are building your brand by word of mouth.

Digital Products: Amazon has a service called CreateSpace that allows you to upload your manuscript for sale as a Kindle product or for print-on-demand. However, understand that your manuscript should be written, edited and ready for publishing before you upload it!

Anything that can be printed in a document can become a digital product as a PDF or as an ebook. Your manuscript, which we’ve mentioned above, could be sold by you from your website. Know that if you sell as a PDF, then it can easily be passed along – but don’t despair! If passed along, your product becomes a viral marketing tool. Make sure that the footer of each page contains your name, your website URL or a URL that goes directly back to your products. You want an identifier on each page with an action step.

Coloring pages, workbooks, are a couple of other ideas that you can print as PDFs in order to make a digital product.

Collaborations:  Do you write? Do you know someone else who writes or has a story? How about someone who illustrates? Perhaps you are an expert and don’t write, but have information that you know would be something that people would pay to know?  Consider a joint venture with a complimentary talent to create a product that could be sold on both of your sites and through both social media influences and split the profits 50/50.

What ideas do you have? What are some quick and easy product or merchandise ideas or sites that you’d like to share? Please share as a comment below.



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7 Ways to Capture Ideas On-The-Go

Do You Have an “Idea Dump-Zone”? If Not, Here’s Why You Need One!

Here’s 7 practical ways to capture those slippery ideas before they get away from you, on-the-go!

An idea dump zone is essential for all entrepreneurs or busy people who have ideas popping up all the time. Ever had a winning idea in a shower or driving the car and swore that you’d remember it, only to completely forget it by the time you sat down to a paper and pen?

What about when you and another entrepreneur get into a fascinating conversation and the ideas start flowing so fast that it’s like drinking water from a fire hose? Ever been-there-done-that? Getting into the habit of valuing those ideas is like making daily deposits in the bank.

Catch that idea with a dump zone!With ‘idea dump zones’ you have all of those ideas to dig through to inspire you, give you your next product, next book, or next service.  Maintaining momentum in business is essential to growth and staying relevant.  When you’re under pressure and struggling to force an idea – it won’t be there, unless you’ve created your own dump zones for this purpose.

Here’s some reasons why this is an important habit to get into.  Note the word “habit” too. It takes time to get into the habit of noticing and capturing ideas. That’s why thinking about your dump zones ahead of time will help you to prepare for those exciting times of clarity, inspiration and vision.

Personally acknowledge and notice the idea. Not only does this build confidence, after time, you’ll begin to see patterns and themes that will help you to position yourself better as an expert in your field.

Having a dump zone allows time for sorting of priority and profitability or effectiveness. Jot the idea down, or record it in an electronic device and keep it in a specialized folder where you can easily get back to. This saves you from taking time consuming rabbit trails and will be there when you can make the time to give those ideas the attention they deserve.

Treasure TrunkWhat exactly is a dump zone and how does that work?” one might ask. Here’s some ideas

  • Types (think of this as your gold coins)
    • 3×5 cards
    • Word Document
    • Voice recorder
    • Blog posts – set as drafts
    • Post it notes – poster sized and desktop variety
    • White erase boards – large and small
    • Blank white paper – draw and doodle zone
  • Containers (think of these as your treasure chests)
    • Blog drafts
    • Audio files
    • Hanging files
    • “Treasure” box
    • Folder on your hard drive or in a cloud file storage system
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