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Getting Images

So how do you get an image that you can use for your Web page? There are three principal ways. You either buy or download ready-made images, digitize your photographs or handdrawn images with a scanner, or draw images from scratch in an image editing program like Photoshop. Once you've got them in your computer, you can adapt them to the Web, if necessary, with the rest of the techniques in this chapter.

Figure 4.5. Click the Images button at AltaVista to search for images that match the criteria you've typed.


To get images:

  • You can use AltaVista (http://www.altavista.com) to find images on the Web. Click the Images button next to the Search box, and enter your criteria as usual (Figure 4.5). Or go to http://www.lycos.com/picturethis/ for Lycos' Image Gallery (Figure 4.6).

    Figure 4.6. Lycos' Image Gallery is a great place to get images for personal use, but be sure to read the disclaimer: you can't use the images on commercial sites nor alter them in any way except size.

  • Many companies—like Adobe and others—sell stock photography and images on CD. Such disks often have several versions of each image for different purposes. Look for the Web or Multimedia version.

  • Generally, the free images you find on the Web are for personal use only and cannot be modified. Images you buy can usually be used for any purpose (except for reselling the images themselves). Read any disclaimers or licenses carefully.

  • Kodak and other companies will develop a roll of film directly onto a CD.

  • Scanners and digital cameras have gotten incredibly cheap. If you want to put a lot of your own photos (or paper-bound images) on your page, one of these might be your best bet.

  • If you create your own images, save them at 72 dpi in GIF, JPEG, or PNG. Don't save them as BMP—only Explorer for Windows users will be able to see them.

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