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Sundance Web Design -- Web Graphics

WEB GRAPHICS RESOURCES

The internet has come a long way from the days when every page was entirely black text on a white box. What makes the world wide web so appealling is the wealth of graphics that bring life to each site. Graphics can make or break your site, so be sure to use them wisely. Look at your page with a critical eye, and have your friends check it out with these things in mind:

www.ArtToday.com You can design your own graphics with many different software programs, even one as simple as Microsoft Paintbrush. Of course, there are hundreds of web sites that can provide you with great graphics. One of those is ArtToday , which offers 659,647 images and 1,700 fonts, ready to download. With a cheap subscription you can access their entire database of graphics and find just what your site needs. They also have free images for the taking.

Free Banners by Frogfrau One of the trickiest graphics to design is a banner ad. If you want to promote your site through a banner exchange program, a well-crafted, eye-catching banner is a must. Banners can also be used as a "header" or title graphic for your site.

Her web site, www.frogfrau.com also offers an incredible assortment of graphic sets. She designs these sets to help you create that important consistency in your site. The sets typically include a background image that is a left-side border, plus assorted buttons, divider bars, bullets, and frames. Her sets are unique and beautiful; plus, they are free, and she'll give you a link off her site whenever you use one of her sets. All she asks in return is acknowledgement on your site that she designed the graphics.

Background textures and graphics can also be a fun addition to a site. Sundance Web Design created some unique, FREE background textures for our users. These are not your run-of-the-mill textures, so use them with care!

As we mentioned above, graphics that are too large and take too long to download can be detrimental to your site. Visitors may decide it is not worth the wait and move on, never really seeing what you have to offer. There is an excellent on-line tool called GifWizard that will analyze each of your graphics and help you minimize the file size without taking away the image quality. Enter the URL of the graphic (not the page the image is on, but the direct link to the graphic only) in the box below, and GifWizard will make its recommendations.


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This page last updated July 30, 1999



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