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Chapter 21. Creating Web Graphics > The Ascent of Web Graphics

The Ascent of Web Graphics

When Adobe Illustrator version 1.1 was released for the Macintosh way back in 1987, the computer graphics world was a very different place. Users produced graphics onscreen, but the final product was always printed on paper. Designs produced with Illustrator could be used in advertisements, newsletters, fliers, and a host of other print-based publications. During this time, the quality of the graphics' appearance onscreen was unimportant. What really mattered was how the illustrations looked when printed.

Almost 15 years later, Adobe Illustrator 10 is released into a much different environment. While print remains a very important medium, the Web has grown exponentially, and the demand for original images continuously increases. There are more similarities then differences between Web and print images, but these differences must be considered in the production of Web graphics. The essential difference between Web and print graphics is also the easiest to understand: unlike traditional print graphics, Web graphics must be optimized to look their best onscreen, because that is where they will be viewed.


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