Screenshots are commonly used in the design of portfolio sites, template/theme shops, and web app sites. In many cases, screenshots are a major part of the design that helps to attract the attention of visitors. It may be a single screenshot or a group of several screenshots with a 3D effect.
This article will showcase a collection of websites that use screenshots effectively in their design. Take notice of how the designers are using these images in the design. Maybe it will provide some inspiration or ideas that could be useful in your work.
Showcase of Screenshots in Web Design
Onehub, a cloud storage and file sharing service, uses a big background photo on its homepage. The image features a laptop on a table, and Onehub is visible on the screen.
The left side of the screen features the headline, “Meet Onehub,” a tagline, and a call-to-action button to try it for free. Overall, it’s a well-designed site that gives visitors a positive first impression.
Fusebox’s homepage showcases screenshots or mockups of the podcast player in a desktop browser and a mobile phone. The layout here is very similar to what we saw from Onehub, with text and a call-to-action button on the left side of the screen. The design uses purple call-to-action buttons to grab attention.
This website for online accounting software provides a glimpse of the user interface through a screenshot. Possibly the most noteworthy aspect of this design is the hand-drawn style of the laptop and the decorative arrow and paper airplane that go with it. Other hand-drawn or sketched elements are used throughout the site as well.
Trafft is online scheduling and booking software, and its website is pretty typical of what you’ll see from other software or web apps. There are two stacked screenshots, plus a mobile phone mockup to show the mobile version. The design features a bold blue color scheme and two call-to-actions buttons above the screenshots.
The homepage for SEO Buddy uses a slider that showcases multiple screenshots. Visitors can scroll through several screenshots that feature the SEO Buddy user interface by clicking on the left and right arrows. This approach is especially effective if your web app or software has a well-designed UI that will likely appeal to visitors.
The Chartbeat homepage includes a few different screenshots. Of course, the one you see in the image above is a central part of the design. However, there are a few additional screenshots below the fold. The site uses a relatively clean and simple design style with a dark background.
This landing page for the Litho HTML template showcases screenshots from demo websites built with the theme. The designer shows the template’s versatility to work on any device by including laptop and smartphone mockups.
This black website has a luxurious feel. Like many others we’ve seen so far, the screenshot is on the right side of the homepage, with some text and a call-to-action on the left side. Centra also uses other images lower on the page to demonstrate some of the key features of this e-commerce platform.
If you like colorful websites, you won’t want to miss this one. Wavee uses a bold purple background and several colorful screenshots. The screenshots help to introduce a greater variety of colors to the design. The site also uses many scrolling animation effects and some additional screenshots below the fold.
The screenshot on Avocode’s website is just below the fold. Above the fold, you see an illustration and a call-to-action for a free trial. Just below the fold, you see the screenshot that shows Avocode in action.
BetterCloud’s homepage includes a screenshot with a few zoomed-in elements to show off the user interface. Of course, the headline, brief text, and call-to-action are also featured in the design.
WordPress theme shop uses a screenshot on the homepage to show off its latest theme. There’s a desktop screenshot with a browser mockup and a mobile screenshot with a phone mockup.
Since the screenshot showcases the latest theme, it will change each time a new theme is released. This helps keep the design fresh for repeat visitors and provides additional exposure for the new releases.
Vibely uses a screenshot above the fold on the homepage to showcase the user interface. If you scroll down the page, you’ll see some additional screenshots with animation effects. These screenshots showcase specific features that should help to attract new users.
Builderfly, an e-commerce solution, showcases screenshots of the user interface. Visitors can get an idea of what they can do with the platform, and hopefully, they’ll notice that it appears to be user-friendly.
Optimal is a multi-purpose Shopify theme, and its site’s design showcases the theme’s versatility through screenshots. Screenshots showcase several different elements and types of websites, giving the visitor an indication of just how versatile the theme is.
Wire uses a basic layout above the fold that’s become a common sight in this article: headline, text, and CTA to the left, with a screenshot to the right. However, the screenshot at Wire’s site is smaller than many other screenshots. Additional shots of the user interface are visible below the fold.
Scopic offers web development services, so we see two screenshots or mockups of the user interface and two character illustrations. Additional screenshots with a 3D effect are visible below.
Picmaker is online graphic design software, and the site’s homepage features screenshots or mockups from the software. The design is a bit different than the others because the headline, text, and CTA button are placed above the screenshot rather than to the left.
The Meta Task homepage uses a series of three screenshots or mockups to showcase the user interface on a laptop, tablet, and smartphone. The site’s design is very clean and minimalistic, with nothing else above the fold except a headline and button for a free trial.
Including screenshots and mockups in your web designs can be very effective, depending on your site type. You’ve seen several real-world examples here, so hopefully, you found some inspiration.