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Chapter 5. Creating Web Images

Chapter 5. Creating Web Images

What Program to Use?

There are many, many different tools that you can use to create and save images for the Web. It was hard deciding whether to try to give general instructions that really wouldn’t fit any actual piece of software, or focus on one program that most but probably not all of my readers would have. In the end, I opted for two related programs: the industry standard, Adobe Photoshop ($600), and its less expensive cousin, Photoshop Elements ($100). Most of the techniques in this chapter can be executed with either program; a very few noted exceptions work only in Photoshop. Both are available for Macintosh and Windows.

There are many other alternatives, including Paint Shop Pro for Windows by Jasc Software and GraphicConverter for Macintosh. Feel free to use whatever program you’re most comfortable with.

Let me stress, in addition, that the basic techniques for optimizing images for the Web are the same regardless of the software you choose. The command names may be slightly different and there may be more or fewer steps, but the ideas remain the same. In short, my hope is that this chapter will be useful even if you don’t use the same software that I do.


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