Give Your Graphics A Professional Look without the Price

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You will now see your text with, what looks like, marching ants around it. If you'd like to move your text, click and hold your left mouse button to drag your text to your desired position.

With your text still selected (with marching ants), atrepparttar top of repparttar 134685 screen, go to "Image" then "Effects" then "Drop Shadow." This will launchrepparttar 134686 "Drop Shadow" window. Your image will be viewable withrepparttar 134687 drop shadow inrepparttar 134688 little window atrepparttar 134689 right. You can try different settings until you achieverepparttar 134690 shadow effect you desire.

Another text effect that is popular will display your text in a graduated color effect. Your text can be displayed with a dark color atrepparttar 134691 top and gradually get lighter or justrepparttar 134692 opposite.

To achieve this effect,repparttar 134693 foreground (top box) color must first be set to white. Next, click onrepparttar 134694 text tool and followrepparttar 134695 same procedure for displaying your text. You should now see your text displayed as "marching ants," only with no color. Now you'll need to select a dark color for your foreground color and a light color for your background color.

Once you've selected your colors, click onrepparttar 134696 "Flood Fill" icon onrepparttar 134697 left. To changerepparttar 134698 effects ofrepparttar 134699 Flood Fill tool, locate repparttar 134700 little box on your screen that says, "Controls" then click on "Tool Controls." Under "Fill Style" select "Linear Gradient" and then click on "Options" atrepparttar 134701 bottom. The "Blend Mode" should be set to normal. In order to select which color will be atrepparttar 134702 top of your text, where it says, "Degrees" type in either 0 or 180 depending on your desired effect, then click OK. Now place your mouse over each letter and fill it by clicking on your mouse.

After you've filled your text, you can either createrepparttar 134703 shadow effect or "right click" on your mouse to deselect your text.

If you'd like to decrease your graphics window size, click on repparttar 134704 "Selection tool" onrepparttar 134705 left (dotted rectangle) and select repparttar 134706 portion of your graphic that you'd like to display within your new sized image. Click on "Edit" then "Copy" then "Edit" - "Paste as a new image."

After you've completed your graphic, go to "File" then "Save As" and select a folder. Type in a name for your graphic and save your new file inrepparttar 134707 .GIF format. The program will prompt you and ask you if it's all right to reduce your file to 256 colors. Click on yes. Your new graphic is now saved.

Now that you've mastered these new techniques, try them with some of your other images. The drop shadow effect can be used with photographs or just about any image you'd like. Try repparttar 134708 graduated color effect with your banners or image backgrounds and give your graphics a professional look.

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Web Source Web Design Tips - Decreasing A Website's Load Time

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- Avoid using too many animated graphics

- Optimize your graphics

- Avoid using any unnecessary code

- Avoid making your pages too large

- Avoid using too much Java

- Avoid using too many JavaScripts

If a page takes too long to load, your potential customer will not wait. Ultimately costing you business.

Shelley Lowery Tip provided by: Web Source: Your Guide to Professional Web Design and Development.

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