G is for Graphics
You don't have to use computer graphics on your website. But why wouldn't
you want to? Some sites are wholly text-based, black and white, and
are perfectly suited to their content. It's a matter of choice and
But you do have the options of millions of colours, background images,
imported images, roll-over buttons, flash animations, image swapping,
And you don't have to restrict yourself
to so-called 'web safe' colours these days. The vast majority of those
on the web today have 32 bit hardware. That means their computer screens
can represent 32 million plus colours! Once again the vast majority
have 1024 X 768 screen resolutions or higher. The growth of broadband
access to the internet also means that webpage file size
is less of a problem than it was.
Graphic image software abounds. From the expensive and first-rate
(Photoshop) to the free and first-rate (Gimp). Beware: each of these
programmes has its own way of doing things, its own idiosyncracies.
Be prepared for a steep learning curve, frustration and but also satisfaction.
Flash animations are not to everyone's taste. That why a 'skip' option
is usually available. Flash animations which carry little content while
taking up time should be avoided.