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Part: III Web Page Graphics > Creating Your Own Web Page Graphics

Hour 8. Creating Your Own Web Page Graphics

You don't have to be an artist to put high-impact graphics and creative type on your Web pages. You don't need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on software, either. This hour tells you how to create the images you need to make visually exciting Web pages. Although the sample figures in this hour use a popular Windows graphics program (Paint Shop Pro 7 from JASC Software), you can easily follow along with any major Windows or Macintosh graphics application.

This hour is concerned only with creating the actual graphics files, so it doesn't actually discuss any HTML tags at all. In Hour 9, “Putting Graphics on a Web Page,” you'll see how to integrate your graphics with your HTML pages.

One of the best ways to save time creating the graphics and media files is, of course, to avoid creating them altogether. Any graphic or media clip you see on any site is instantly reusable as soon as the copyright holder grants (or sells) you the right to copy it.

Grabbing a graphic from any Web page is as simple as right-clicking it (or holding down the button, on a Macintosh mouse) and selecting Save Image As in Netscape or Save Picture As in Microsoft IE. Extracting a background image from a page is just as easy: Right-click it and select Save Background As.



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