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Chapter 29. Graphic Type for the Web > Designing for the Real World

Designing for the Real World

Making the Image Web-Ready

After you've created your graphic, you'll want to make it ready for the Web, naturally! To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Select the text and graphics. Choose Window, Show Attributes. Enter the entire URL in the URL box. This anchors the URL to the objects so that when you click the image in your browser, it will launch the URL's Web site (see Figure 29.23).

    Figure 29.23. In this example, I've selected the text and graphics in order to attach a URL to them.

  2. Choose File, Export, GIF89a. Change the name of the document so that you don't overwrite the Illustrator file, and add the .gif extension. Click Save. In the window that appears, choose a palette. Under Options, choose Imagemap. The name of the file should be visible under Anchor. If there is more than one imagemap in the document, choose the one you want (see Figure 29.24).

    Figure 29.24. Exporting the file as a GIF89a. Be sure you keep an original of the file in Adobe Illustrator's native format (.ai) before exporting the GIF. This way, you can go back and make changes if necessary.


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