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Monday, July 12, 2010

Graphics are just a click away....

The best way to communicate any idea in the world of web design is a good and a subtle straight-forward design. It helps to showcase, when a website is launched with a creative and unique layouts. It does not stop at having a great content, the entire layout and how it has been structured, decides its readability and influence on the reader. Content is always important, but the first impression means a great deal to whether the reader will take a personal stake in contributing to the success of the website or blog.


More and more effort is being put to take inspiration from the print world, which is accompanied by headlines, quotations, multi-column text, highlighted quotations, indented text, supporting imagery, side notes and footnotes. Greater emphasis is being placed on the eye-catching properties of the message or advertisement.

Graphics and the different software used to produce and manipulate images allows for greater flexibility and more creative options. One free available tool out there is GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program). GIMP is a popular open-source image editor originally developed for Unix/Linux. it does have an interface and features similar to Photoshop, but with a steep learning curve to match. Because it's volunteer-developed beta software, stability and frequency of updates could be an issue; however, many happy users report using GIMP for Windows without significant problems.

Other free applications available are:

1. Paint.net

2. Photo Pos Pro

3. Photoscape

4. IrfanView
5. Adobe Photoshop Extended (free Trial)

6. FastStone Image Viewer

Please take a moment at some point to check out the incredible resources that are available at no charge, that can bring life and invigorate old blogs, and help create facinating new ones.
 
Regards,
Mark

2 comments:

  1. I use Gimp on Linux, and really love it. I do admit that there is some learning to do, but it really isn't that hard, and there are so many great tutorials out there.

    I wouldn't call Gimp 'Open-source' the Free Software people might not be to happy with that. But it is supported by a massive community, and is therefore very stable.

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  2. Hi Vernon,
    I have used it a little but have friends that highly recommend it. I think my site needs a more professional graphic presentation, but I need a little more experience with "Gimp" first.

    I will revise my post to remove the reference to "Open-Source" as that doesn't appear to be accurate.

    Thanks for the heads up on that, and the comments in general. They really help as I'm sure you know.

    Take Care,

    Mark

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