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Chapter 9. Tips and Tricks > Using Lower-Resolution Images

Using Lower-Resolution Images

The Low Source Trick

This is a tip that is not used much anymore because image optimization has become such a fine art. Remember, the goal is to create very tightly optimized graphics for fast loading. This is strictly a trick that helps a page load more artistically.

This technique calls for the designer to create two images. The first image is the one you want the viewer to see, and the second is a Low Source image that shows up while the main image is loading. The latter can be a black-and-white image and can also be a very grainy representation of the image that is about to load. It can also be a different image. An easy way to create a low source image is to take the image that will be the final loading image and alter it.


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