In This Chapter
Understanding image types and formats
Exploring graphic design software
Optimizing images for use on websites
Browsing image and photo libraries
These days, the term designer encompasses many things relating to the world of web design. A graphic designer has the ability and creativity to create graphics from scratch, or to modify existing photos or graphics to suit a particular need using image-editing software. Other web designers don’t necessarily create any graphic designs, but they master the art of manipulating images and photos to display on a website for a nice visual presentation.
This chapter takes a look at some of the popular graphic-editing software available (such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and Corel PaintShop Pro), as well as some great and inexpensive image and graphic resources to add to your toolbox. You also find out the differences among various image formats and how to optimize images for a website, so pages load faster while the images look sharp and clean.