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Web Graphics and Scanning

Your website is a combination of graphics and information. If you are an artist, graphics and images are even more important than the information your site provides. The biggest mistake made on artist and art gallery websites is images are too large and load slowly. Your images should small as possible yet retain high quality. This is not often easy but this page provides information that will help you to understand web graphics and scanning images.

Start with the first link in each section, because favorite sites are listed first.


Graphics and Image Editing Software

Adobe Photoshop CS6 is the number one professional image editing program.
It's powerful, difficult to learn and expensive. I've used it for Photoshop years and like it.
Please note that some of the software programs mentioned may have been updated, and it is always best to purchase the most recently released software.

Adobe now has a cloud system for software distribution, and we recommend it.

  • Photoshop CS6
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 - Mac


Adobe Illustrator CS6 is a software program that's used to create web graphics and other graphics in a vector format. It's widely in the graphics and print industry.

  • Illustrator CS6
  • Illustrator CS6 - Mac


Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 is a lower cost option for image editing, and worth a look

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 (Windows and Mac)

Recommended Books

The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers

Adobe Photoshop CS Down & Dirty Tricks

Adobe Photoshop Master Class by John Paul Caponigro

How to Create Smaller Graphics

Optimizing Web Graphics - Compression and Optimization Tips
List of several articles regarding graphics and making them smaller from
You will also find other interesting links on the topic of graphics.

OptiView: Formerly called GIF Wizard reduces GIFs, JPGs and BMPs up to 90% without sacrificing quality. I have not looked at this product in some time, it might be outdated.

NetmechanicGifBot: Submit your images for reduction.
Submit a web page and get back a list the images needing to be optimized.

The best product to use for optimizing your images is one of the Adobe products.
We use Photoshop and save a graphics as web images. It is fast and work well.

Tips on Scanning Images

A Few Scanning Tips by Wayne Fulton. The purpose is to offer some scanning tips and hints, help with fundamentals and other basic scanning information to help you get the most from your scanner. How it works, for those that want to know. Includes Scanning 101 as well as advanced scanning tips. Scanning Tips

Digital Art Information Site, it includes Scanning Tip and Guidelines with links to several useful applications.

Art Crimes - Scanning Tips for Web Images
I just found this website and it looks like it has some valuable information so I'm adding them the section. They're using a shareware program called Graphic Converter to optimize images.

Photoshop Tutorials and Resource Sites

Other Sections on Creating Websites

  1. Creating a Website- Getting Started
  2. Web Graphics and Scanning
  3. Web Maintenance and Site Tune-Ups
  4. Marketing and Promoting Your Website
  5. Designing Your Website

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