I learned how to create a transparent gif the hard way, out of necessity. Graphics have always been an afterthought because I was more concerned with content, my writing. But graphics adds another dimension to a page. Today, it is a lot easier to develop graphics -- illustrations, buttons,
- Graphics: Lynda Weinman's ::: Digital Thread :::
- The Plugin Site
- Richard Rosenman's Plugins for Photoshop, Paintshop
Using a photograph to illustrate your website adds quality and distinction to your site. Digital cameras are now making photography a quick and easy tool for web design. In addition, there are many sites that offer stock material for free or low prices.
- FotoSearch - most of the sites below, plus more -- video, illustrations, maps
- PhotoDisc ::: gettyone.com ::: Stone ::: Corbis ::: The Image Bank ::: EyeWire ::: Artville ::: Photos To Go ::: Thinkstock.com ::: Wonderfile
- Photo Stock Resources for Web Designers ::: Photography: Worth a thousand?
- PD Photo
I used to scower the Web looking to graphic files that I could repurpose to my website. I ended up with a bunch of garbage -- disperate designs that did not blend into a consistent style across the website. It's still worthwhile to tap into clipart sites because they can give you a starting point for developing your own graphics.
- Viewers: ACDSee. I liked ACDSee because it allows me to continue using 4DOS/4NT's file description to add information about photos and other illustration -- author, date, source, etc. But I've moved on.
- Creation: Jasc Paintshop Pro is one of those programs I have used for more than five years, since version 3. It started shareware as a cheap substitute for PhotoShop Pro. Now, it has more bells and whistles than I know what to do with. It's more than adequate to web graphics.
- Color Schemes: More Crayons ::: Eric Meyer's Color Blender ::: Huey Color Generator ::: Pixy Color Wheel ::: ColorMarch
- EasyRGB ::: Pixie ::: Color Match Remix ::: Infohound Color Scheme
I have a Canon camera, but am now using a Nikon D40—old but functional for my needs. I have yet to acquire the habit of using my smart phone camera.
I have an Epson all-in-one printer. I use it regularly to create Adobe Acrobat pdf files because it's fast and efficient. When I was preparing for the purchase of my house, I copied utility bills, pay stubs, tax returns and other documents with the scanner. It was better than running out to Kinko's to use the photocopier. I could use it a lot more to cover my photo collection, if I had the time.
One thing to be careful of is not breaking other people's copyright. Most stock artwork has already been released.