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Internet Basics
   About the Internet
   About Web Browsers
   Why Domain Names

Getting Started
   Making Webpage Files
   Naming Webpage Files

HTML Basics
   About HTML Tags
   Basic HTML Page
   DTDs and Doctype Tags
   Spaces and New Lines
   Special Characters
   Bold, Italics, More
   Writing Headlines
   Adding Links
   Making Lists
   Comments in HTML

Images and Colors
   How to Add Images
   Sources of Images
   Image File Formats
   Optimizing Images
   Color in HTML & CSS
   "Web-safe" Color Chart

More Advanced HTML
   Making Tables
   Formatting with Tables
   Making Forms
   Using Imagemaps
   Using Frames
   Meta Tags

Cascading Style Sheets
   Intro to CSS
   Ways to include CSS
   Some Useful CSS
   CSS Hover for Links

   Promoting Your Site
   How-To's Homepage

Sources of Graphics

Other people's graphics & ethics of use

Paying for graphics

If you buy the rights to use a graphic collection or hire someone to make them for you, just be sure to check which usage rights you have and abide by them.

Free graphics

Many people have put collections of graphics on the web. There are also some websites that will generate free personalized graphics for you to use.

See my resource page for a few places to get graphics. Searching in any search engine will also turn up many graphics.

Don't link to the graphics on their sites, this is considered bandwidth stealing.

Instead download the picture and put it in your web space. Because too many people don't understand this, many graphics sites will move their image file names around.

Graphics can be copied from the web by left clicking on them and picking 'Save image as ...' from the pop-up menu (on a Mac just hold down the mouse button).

Read the conditions of use on any site from which you take graphics. If there is no statement about use of graphics and the site is not set up for the purpose of being a free graphics site, write to the owner of that site for permission before using the picture.

Some graphics are in the public domain (not copyrighted), any one can use these on any site they wish.

Some are freeware with various restrictions - okay to use on a non-commercial site only, okay to only use a certain number of pics, okay to use as long as credit is given, or okay to use as long as you link back to their site. Follow any applicable restrictions.

You can also of course pay someone to use their graphics, hire someone to create them for you or make them yourself.

Scanning / Digital photos

Both scanners and digital cameras usually come with software that will save pictures in .gif and/or .jpg format. Adobe PhotoDeluxe is commonly included. Generally you change formats by using the File->Export command of the program PhotoDeluxe will also walk you through this under guided activities.

Graphics Software

Adobe PhotoShop is used in many companies. It's expensive and powerful. In fact much of its power is in its ability to do advanced manipulation of photographs. It was developed for print work, not the web originally. Artists often draw images that end up on the web originally in Adobe Illustrator, but these files must then be converted and optimized for web use.

Fireworks from Macromedia is also commonly used in companies and by individuals. It is much less expensive than PhotoShop. Fireworks is the first graphics program made especially for web work and has great optimization features, tools for making image maps roll-over images, and animated gifs all built-in.

PaintShop Pro from JASC and Ulead products are less expensive programs that are also popular, especially with home users.

Alchemy Mindworks is very inexpensive and sounds good, but it didn't install properly for me so I haven't checked it out.

Gimp is a free program popular with some Linux users.

Tucows shareware site has reviews of many programs.