Re: Screenshots: Clearest way to indicate button/link/tab to click?

Subject: Re: Screenshots: Clearest way to indicate button/link/tab to click?
From: jmarchant -at- adelphia -dot- net
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2005 11:10:02 -0700

I inherited documentation (all in MSWord) with an excess of red arrows.
They are a uniform line weight but are scattered at different angles,
placements and lengths. While they stand out well against our gray-blue
color scheme, they almost disappeared when printed in black and white.
I am keeping a few arrows but in many cases replacing them with red
ovals or round-cornered rectangles. Rectangles are used when the ovals
would slop over onto adjacent elements that are important.
To solve the contrast problem, here's what I do in Word: Line weight is
1.5 point.
(1.) Place and size the arrow/oval/rect.
(2.) Select it and use CTRL-D to duplicate it. (The duplicate will be on
the top graphic layer, which is where you want it, but offset from the
(3.) Reselect the original. Change its line weight to 3 points and its
color to white.
(4.) Reposition the duplicate on top of the white one.
(5.) Select both and group them.
This white-edge technique, like shadowing, also gives a
pseudo-three-dimensional pop to the emphasis.
I use Snagit and often include the cursor arrow in the screen grab.
Then, to show that "clicking here makes something happen there," add an
arrow and/or an oval/rect.

> Hello all,
> In a screenshot, which is the clearest way to indicate a link/button/tab to
> click...


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