Give Your Graphics A Professional Look without the Price

Written by Shelley Lowery

Graphic design is an intimidating subject for many Internet entrepreneurs. However, most of us must learn some basic design techniques to avoidrepparttar high costs of hiring a professional graphics designer.

You can create your own graphics that can look just as nice as some ofrepparttar 134685 professionally created graphics for a fraction ofrepparttar 134686 cost.

In order to create your graphics, you will need to invest in a good graphics program. You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy graphics design software. Paint Shop Pro is a wonderful graphics program and isrepparttar 134687 only program you'll need to design professional looking graphics. You can download a free 30-day trial and registerrepparttar 134688 software for only $99.

The first and probably most important graphic technique we're going to discuss is text. This is probably what you will userepparttar 134689 most. Not just any text, but text to be used with your logo, banners or page titles.

When you're ready to begin, open Paint Shop Pro and click on "File" then "New" and type in a width and height for your image. Make sure your "Image Type" is set to 24-bit and select your background color. You can leaverepparttar 134690 other settings at their defaults. Make sure you give yourself a large enough space to work with, as you can reduce it later.

Your first step will be to select a good font. Depending upon repparttar 134691 effect I want to achieve, I use one of three different fonts; Impact, Verdana, or Arial Black. If you don't have these fonts installed on your computer, you can find them here: ypography/fontpack/default.htm

The first text effect we will be creating will display your text in a large font size with a drop shadow effect. This drop shadow effect can also be used with any other images you create.

Your first step will be to select your text color. To changerepparttar 134692 foreground and background colors, double click onrepparttar 134693 top and bottom color squares onrepparttar 134694 right. Your text will be displayed inrepparttar 134695 color withinrepparttar 134696 top box, which isrepparttar 134697 foreground color. For this example, I will be using a light color as my foreground color.

Once you've selected your text color, click onrepparttar 134698 text tool on repparttar 134699 left side (It looks like a capital "A"). This will launch your text window. Select your font and text size fromrepparttar 134700 drop down menu and type in your text. I will be using "Impact" bold, size 24. Make sure you select "Antialias" and "Floating" then click "OK."

Antialias will smooth out all ofrepparttar 134701 rough edges of your text and blend it in with your background color. You will userepparttar 134702 Antialias setting with various graphic tools when designing your graphics, so it is important to remember its function.

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

Written by Shelley Lowery

The main page of your web site should load in 8 seconds or less with a 56K modem.

According to two recent surveys, conducted by Forrester Research and Gartner Group, ecommerce sites are losing $1.1 to $1.3 billion in revenue each year due to customers click- away caused by slow loading sites.

Tips for keeping your load time down:

- Avoid large, slow loading graphics

- Avoid using too many graphics and/or banners

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