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Chapter 5. Working with Web Page Graphic... > Changing the Way Graphics are Displa...

Changing the Way Graphics are Displayed

For a variety of reasons, the quality of the graphics you display on your Web site or page will have a major impact on the experience visitors have on your Web site. High quality graphics, for example, take much longer to load than lower resolution graphics, so you will lose some visitors before they even finish loading. Concurrently, very low quality graphics give a less than professional appearance to your Web site. Good designs strive for balance between these two considerations. For that reason, you will sometimes want to change the way graphics are displayed. To create a low resolution version of a graphic by editing it in a third party graphics editor program, you must first configure the editor that you want to use in conjunction with graphic files. You only need to perform this operation once. After you configure you graphic's editor program, you are ready to create a low resolution version of the graphic. Be aware that some Web browsers do not support low resolution graphics.

Configure a Graphics Editor Program

Click the Tools menu‚ and then click Options.

Click the Configure Editors tab.

Add a new extension or change an existing one.

  • Add an extension. Click the New Extension button, and then type an extension.

  • Change an extension. Click the extension you want to change, and then click the New Editor button.

Click a program from the list to associate with GIF or click Browse For More to locate the one you want.

Click OK.

The file association is added to the list.

Click OK.


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