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Reduced Palettes

When you’re saving images for use on the Web, Illustrator also gives you the option of restricting the number of colors available. The Web Safe RGB palette ensures that the colors used in your illustration will be properly viewed by the majority of the Web-surfing viewers. Additionally, it can substantially reduce the size of the file. This concept is addressed fully in Chapter 22.

The need for a Web Safe palette is much debated these days. Most Web-surfing computers are able to handle thousands or millions of colors, offering far more creative flexibility than 216. The questions that arise are “How important is color fidelity to this image?” and “Is my target audience likely to be restricted to 8-bit color?” An additional consideration: The vast majority of computer monitors likely to view most Web sites have not been calibrated by their owners, so accurate color representation is questionable. And, of course, a smaller color palette may result in a smaller file and a faster download for your Web site’s visitors.



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