Creating screenshots and images for user guides – elearning training course

Ideal for you if you’re:

  • Creating screenshots, diagrams or images, but you’ve never had any proper training in how to do this well.
  • Looking for more efficient ways to create or change screenshots, diagrams or images for end user or developer documentation.
Go to the course

Cherryleaf’s elearning course on creating screenshots and images for user guides gives you the foundations for creating professional images in an efficient way. The course includes exercises and model answers for the delegates to complete and review.

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Go to the course

Creating screenshots, diagrams and images is something that every technical communicator needs to do, but very few have had any formal training in how to do it. Sometimes, the result is that the user guides and online Help contain images that are unclear, inconsistent, and frankly, unprofessional. They can make the product look like it’s poor quality. Creating them can also tie up the Technical Writer’s time, especially if they need to be changed frequently.

Who is this course 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.

About the course

The course comprises eight modules in total, which you can complete at your own pace. The course will take delegates approximately 1 day to complete.

The course modules are delivered via the Web in small, manageable modules. With the exercises, each delegate will need to allocate around seven hours to complete the course.

What you'll learn

Cherryleaf’s elearning course on creating screenshots and images for user guides gives you the foundations for creating professional images in an efficient way. The goal of the course is to enable you to use diagrams, images and screenshots to communicate to your audience, with a focus on simplicity and ease of understanding. This is accomplished through a mix of design theory, best practices, software, and practical application.

You’ll go through the key stages in developing images. You’ll learn to understand the context, choose an effective visual display method, focus attention, apply design best practices, and use the appropriate software tools to communicate your message.

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.

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


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

You’ll need access to PowerPoint, or a similar application, in order to complete the exercises.

Course outline


Understanding the context

Choosing an appropriate visual display method

    • Screenshots
    • Simplified User Interface
    • Diagrams
    • Aspect ratio
    • Icons
    • Image maps
    • Wordless guides

Focusing attention where you want it

    • Gestalt theory
    • White space

Thinking like a designer

    • Layout
    • Colour
    • Accessibility
    • Style guides

Software tools

    • Software tools
    • SVG
    • Automating tasks
    • Stock images
    • Presentation applications

Creating animations


Technical Information

  • The course modules are delivered over the Web in small, manageable video presentations. You can pause the videos at any time and return to the course at times that suit you.
  • You will have access to the modules from the moment you subscribe.
  • You can download the course handouts.
  • The courses are hosted and sold by via the Teachable platform. From a VAT perspective, they are the “Merchant of Record”, and receipts contain their VAT number.
  • You have the option of taking the course on an iPhone or iPad, using the MyTeachable app in the Apple App Store.

Contact us

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