How to install and use the Screenshot Shutter tool in Ubuntu 18.04

Image capture is a powerful feature, especially when it comes to sharing technical instructions, blogs, tutorials, and workarounds over the Internet. Ubuntu comes with a default image capture tool, Screenshot, but it lacks many useful features. In addition, a keyboard-oriented utility for printing a screen is also very simple and does not have many utilities necessary to capture an individual screenshot. An alternative to these tools in Ubuntu is a much more powerful tool called Shutter.

In this guide, we will explain how to install / uninstall this tool, and also list some basic functions that you can perform using Shutter. The commands and procedures mentioned in this article ran on the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS system.

Setting shutter screenshots through a graphical interface

Shutter’s popular image capture and editing tool is available on the list of trusted Ubuntu software that you can install. This provides an easy way to install the tool using a graphical interface.

Click the Ubuntu software icon in the Actions toolbar on the Ubuntu desktop.

The Ubuntu Software utility opens, in which you can search for the shutter by clicking the search button and then entering the shutter in the search bar.

Your search word will display the following result:

Finding a shutter application

When you click on the shutter search entry, the following window opens:

Set shutter

Through this window you can install the latest version of the Shutter tool by clicking the Install button. After that, you will be prompted to enter authentication in the next dialog box, since only an authorized user can add / remove software in Ubuntu.

Sudo authentication

Enter the password for the privileged user, and then click the “Authenticate” button, after which the installation process will begin. The next window indicates a successful installation of the tool. You can directly launch it through this window, as well as immediately delete it for any reason.

Shutter image capture tool installed

Exit the Ubuntu software after the installation is complete.

Shutter release

To launch the Shutter tool, enter the appropriate keyword in Ubuntu Dash and click the Shutter icon, as shown here:

Desktop shutter icon

The shutter will open as follows; You can take screenshots of entire screens / individual areas, toolbars, menus, etc. with this tool:

Shutter Application Launched

Important Note: If you find that the “Change” button is disabled after you take a screenshot, read this article to get around this button.

Shutter Removal

Removing the Shutter tool using the graphical interface is quite simple. Open Ubuntu from the Actions list, and then search for the shutter. Click the “Shutter” entry, and then click the “Delete” button in the next window.

Shutter Removal

The following dialog box opens, confirming whether you want to remove the tool.

Continue Uninstall

Click the Delete button to confirm your choice. Please note that only an authorized user can install / uninstall a package in Ubuntu, so you will be shown the following authentication dialog:

Authenticate yourself as a system administrator

Enter the password for the authorized user and click the “Authenticate” button. The uninstall process will begin and the software will be uninstalled from the system.

Program uninstalled

Setting the shutter via the command line

Open the command line of Ubuntu, Terminal, either through Dash or through the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + T. Enter the following command to install the shutter tool:

$ sudo apt-get install shutter

Install Shutter with apt

The shutter tool will be installed on your system and can be launched through the user interface and command line.

Shutter release

Use the following command in Terminal to launch the Shutter utility:

$ shutter

Important Note: If you find that the “Change” button is disabled after you take a screenshot, read this article to get around this button.

Shutter Removal

If you want to remove Shutter via the command line, enter the following command as root in your terminal:

sudo apt-get remove shutter

Remove shutter with apt

Turning on the “Edit” button in the Shutter

The shutter allows us to edit the captured screenshot in several ways, making it a more powerful tool than just capturing an image. However, for some versions of Ubuntu, the Change button in the Shutter window may be disabled as follows:

Edit Shutter Images

Unfortunately, this means that you cannot edit screenshots through Shutter. However, there is a workaround!

Open your terminal and start typing the following commands one after another:

$ mkdir ~/libgoo-canvas-perl && cd ~/libgoo-canvas-perl
$ wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/libg/libgoo-canvas-perl/libgoo-canvas-perl_0.06-2ubuntu3_amd64.deb
$ wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/libe/libextutils-depends-perl/libextutils-depends-perl_0.405-1_all.deb
$ wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/libe/libextutils-pkgconfig-perl/libextutils-pkgconfig-perl_1.15-1_all.deb
$ wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/goocanvas/libgoocanvas3_1.0.0-1_amd64.deb
$ wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/g/goocanvas/libgoocanvas-common_1.0.0-1_all.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb
$ sudo apt install -f

Exit the shutter application if it is already open, and then run it again. Now you can see the included “Edit” button, as shown in the following figure:

Shutter Image Editing Enabled

How to use the Screen Shutter tool

Here are some basic functions you can perform with the shutter.

Screen capture

With Shutter, you can capture the entire screen, desktop, or individual areas such as menus, submenus, tooltips, and websites. All this can be achieved through the menu bar.

Time screenshot

To take a screenshot after delay e, enter the time in seconds after which you want the screenshot to be taken in the “Delay” field located in the lower right corner. This helps in capturing the screen in a scenario based on a specific time and condition.

Time screenshot

Include cursor

If you want the cursor to also be on the screenshot, check the “Enable cursor” checkbox in the bottom panel as follows:

Include cursor

Capture Screen Editing

After the screenshot has been taken, you can click the “Change” button in the “Shutter” workspace to edit it. This image editing tool will help you make the image more expressive. We use the following image to explain some features:

Capture Screen Editing

Draw a form

You can focus on the part of the screenshot by drawing a rectangular / oval shape around it, choosing a rectangular or oval icon on the toolbar.

Draw a form

Select Area

You can select a specific area of ​​the screenshot using the “Highlight” tool located on the toolbar, as follows:

Select Area

Write text

You can add useful text to your screenshot by clicking the text icon on the toolbar. You can also change the font and color of the text in the dialog box shown below.

Write text

Area Blur

You can blur the area of ​​the captured screenshot for privacy by using the two blur options on the toolbar:

Area Blur

Add auto-increment form

Adding enlarged shapes allows you to mark areas of the screen by the numbers that you can mention in your guide / blog for reference.

Add auto-increment form

The Shutter tool can also be used in more advanced ways, however, we mentioned some basics that a beginner can use to configure and launch it. Now you can install / uninstall it both through the user interface and from the command line. You also know how to edit images to make them more useful and expressive with Shutter’s image editing function. We also explained a workaround that you can follow if your editing tool is not enabled by default.

How to install and use the Screenshot Shutter tool in Ubuntu 18.04

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