MAKING WEB GRAPHICS ( ISSUE #1)

Making web graphics is a cinch with Direct Imagination products. The most important thing to remember is to keep files small. Size all bitmaps to 72 dpi and save as JPEG, PNG, or GIF. JPEG is good for 24-bit color and continuous gradations. GIF is good for images with a few flat colors. PNG is best for 8-bit gradients. A great resource on web design is Lynda Weinman's book <designing web graphics.2>. We really love GoLive's Cyberstudio for web design.

Icons
Our images make fabulous icons. Use your color booklet for quick reference or the browser for closer examination. Change the colors, add or delete parts of of the design, or transform with a filter.

Seamless Tiles
This is a valuable trick whether you are making wallpaper for web pages, 3-D textures, or real wallpaper. For bitmaps, first select the area that you wish to repeat. Copy and paste into a new document. Using Adobe Photoshop, select all. In the filter menu, under other, choose offset; check wrap around, and offset it horizontally 1/4 of its width. The tail end of the image will now touch the front end. Fix the seams. Do the same vertically. Offset the same amount in the other direction if you want to see the original tile. Finally, select all and pull down the Edit menu to define. Open a new document at least 3 times the size and fill it with pattern.

If you are working with our vector images, you can rasterize them in Photoshop to the size you desire. Then follow the steps as before. Better yet, use Adobe Illustrator or Freehand. Simply select the tileable pattern; copy, paste, and snap the selected pattern into place (the snapped Illustrator arrow tool turns white).

Our Di3D CD has 100 seamless tiles already done for you. There are 50 natural textures, 50 ornamental textures from our historical collections, plus 50 Strata shape models (special $49). See our web site.

WEB Bars & Borders
You can really dress up a web page with bars and borders. Bars are single horizontal images. You can construct them with our repeating tiles. Borders are vertically repeating patterns that are placed in the wall paper. Wall paper is a long horizontal image, (say 100x1100 pixels) that repeats down the page. Follow the steps for seamless tiles above. Insert the repeating pattern into the wall paper. Use JPEG Low (2-3) to compress the file. Please call, fax or E-Mail us for comments.

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