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Links to Web Graphic Techniques
are an essential part of web design. Unlike printed media, color on a
web site costs no more than black and white. But knowing how to use graphics
- and how to get hold of graphics - are important skills for a web designer.
These links point to both graphic design software, and sources of graphics
on the web. There's a bias here - the tools that I recommend are the ones
that I personally use!
I've been with this software since its early shareware days, and I've
gone through all its upgrades. I'm comfortable with it! It really is incredibly
powerful for the price, and it also comes bundled with a neat animated
A popular product, such as Paintshop Pro, inevitably spins off support
sites. The Foundry offers a load of goodies for PSP fans.
If you use photos on your web site, you'll do your visitors a favor if
you make the download size as small as possible. JPEG Optimizer does this
quickly, easily and efficiently. And it's inexpensive.
One of my colleagues swears by this free image viewing / manipulation
software. It's not intended for creating new images, but it's great for
manipulating (cropping, color changing, batch converting etc.) images
that you have already.
There's a lot of free sources out there. Just make sure that you don't
Whenever I need to look for graphical inspiration, I start with Google's
Image Search. It usually produces something useful.
"Clipart", typically, comprises small 256-color images that
are used as "web site furniture". There's tons of the stuff
out there. Go to Google, put "free clip art" (with the "quote
marks") into the search box, and you'll see what I mean! Here's three
of the best: