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Chapter 19. GIF Format > Minimizing GIF File Sizes

19.8. Minimizing GIF File Sizes

When you are designing and producing graphics for the Web, it is of utmost importance to keep your file sizes as small as possible. The standard guideline for estimating download time over a modem is 1 second per kilobyte. Of course, actual download times will vary widely, but this gives you a ballpark number to use for comparisons.

There are a few simple strategies you can follow to minimize the size of your GIF files, described in the following sections.


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