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Q1:I see that some Web authoring programs can be used to change the size and other aspects of a picture. Should I do my “raw” image editing in a graphics editor like Paint Shop Pro and then fine-tune the picture in my Web authoring program?
A1: Web authoring programs vary in how well they edit pictures, and some work very well. In Hour 14, you'll learn how to use the Composer tools for changing size, shape, and other image properties. As a rule, you should make a picture exactly the size, shape, and color you want it to be in your graphics editor and then insert it in a page. Use the Web authoring tool only to adjust the picture's position on the page.

Sometimes, using the Web authoring program to edit other aspects of a picture can deliver unwanted results. For example, if you change the size of a GIF with a transparent background within a Web authoring program, often the transparency information is lost in the process. Such anomalies happen when the Web authoring program does not actually change the image file, but rather applies HTML coding around the picture that modifies the way a browser displays it.


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