Graphics 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.

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Graphics 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!

Graphics Software

Paintshop Pro
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 gif program.
www.jasc.com

Paintshop Pro Foundry
A popular product, such as Paintshop Pro, inevitably spins off support sites. The Foundry offers a load of goodies for PSP fans.
www.digital-foundry.com/index_paintshop.html

JPEG Optimizer
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.
www.xat.com/jpegopt

Irfanview
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.
www.irfanview.com

Graphics Sources
There's a lot of free sources out there. Just make sure that you don't breach copyright!

Google Images
Whenever I need to look for graphical inspiration, I start with Google's Image Search. It usually produces something useful.
www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=

Clipart
"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:

 

 




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