Step 1: Center your subject
If you’re trying to get a particular picture or line of text, use the pincer method to zoom in close and “move” the screen around with a finger to center what you’re trying to capture. For my example, I’m trying to capture my own explanation of Star Ratings to make into an image:
Step 2: Capture!
Press the power button and the Home Button at the same time. You should see the screen flash white for a moment, much like an old-timey camera. This action can take a bit of practice, so try it out a few times to get comfortable with it.
Step 3: Find it
Look in Photos>Camera Roll to find your screenshot. This folder is full of all the pictures on your iPad, so if you can’t remember where you organized a picture, you might try hunting through the Camera Roll. If the screenshot is exactly what you want, then you are done, you have it. In my example, the subject is in my screenshot, but I don’t want the whole picture, with the excess sidebar information.
Step 4: Fix it
Open a photo-editing app and use its native command to open the screenshot. If all you want to do is crop, you can simply select “Edit” in the iPad’s native Photos App while viewing the picture. Now, crop your subject and give it whatever effects you desire. Enjoy your newfound photo!
A final note:
If what you’re trying to capture is an actual photo or graphic on a webpage, try holding your finger on the picture and waiting for the pop-up menu, which should have the option “Save Image.” Click on that, and look in the Camera Roll for the picture.
Using an image that belongs to someone else without their permission does constitute copyright infringement and you can get in some serious trouble for it. Use Public Domain images or purchase stock images for commercial use – I do not condone digital theft!
Here are some photo-editing tools I use and recommend:
- Snapseed – a great all-purpose editor, full of simple yet profound enhancements. iPhone:Snapseed – Nik Software, Inc. iPad:Snapseed – Nik Software, Inc.
- Photoshop Touch – a good choice if you’re used to photoshop, it comes with some great features! iPhone:Adobe Photoshop Touch for phone – Adobe iPad:Adobe Photoshop Touch – Adobe
- Aviary – a good all-around photo editor, I have not used it enough to give a full recommendation, but check it out! iPhone: Photo Editor by Aviary – Aviary iPad: Photo Editor by Aviary – Aviary
- Repix – a flexible editor for big picture effects or tiny touch-ups. Very versatile! iPhone:Photo Editor by Aviary – Aviary iPad: Photo Editor by Aviary – Aviary