How To Create Clear Web Site Graphics (Part 2 of 2)

by Roger Loh - Date: 2007-01-21 - Word Count: 525 Share This!

Web site graphics can spice up your web sites and increase stickability if used correctly.

In this article, let's continue our discussion of web site graphics, covering the following topics:

- How do you acquire the graphics that you need?

- Useful tips you can apply to spice up your web site

1) How Do You Acquire The Graphics That You Need?

The most obvious but most difficult also, is to create these graphics by yourself. To do that, you need to be a graphics person, knowing how to use graphics programs efficiently. Thus, this is only possible for those who work with graphics for a living or for those who are graphics enthusiasts.

Another way is to pay someone to do it. You can easily outsource this to someone you know or to some freelancers, especially on Internet bidding sites (such as who create graphics for you according to your specification. This option is viable but you have to pay on a per job basis. Each graphic can typically cost $50 or more, depending on your requirements. Thus, for web site publishers, especially online marketers who own a multiple web sites, the cost of outsourcing can add up quickly.

Last but not least, you can create these graphics by modifying template files. For Adobe Photoshop, a leading graphics program provider, the source file format is the form of .PSD where layers are used to create a graphic. Thus, even people with little experience in graphics can easily edit the source file according to their needs. After all, most desktop programs have a similar user interface thereby lessening on learning curve significantly. Once the graphic is satisfactorily edited, it is a simple matter of saving the file in either .JPG or .GIF for use on their web sites.

2) Useful Tips You Can Apply To Spice Up Your Web Site.

One of the most important tips when you incorporate graphics is that your web site must continue to load fast, preferably in about ten seconds or less. If your web site loads slowly after adding graphics, you can either reduce the number of graphics or reduce the resolution of your graphics using a graphics program.

You must choose an appropriate color scheme to reflect the mood of your web site. For instance, a spa-related web site could use a warm and earthly color scheme while an interior decoration web site could apply pastel colors. Too soft, too loud or too funky will drive visitors away if they find your web site to be awkward.

Try to use standard colors for the web as not all web browsers are able to display the color you chose for your web site. Many online visitors are just beginning to explore the online world. Thus, do take this into consideration while you experiment with your color scheme.

Similarly, visitors are used to a hyperlink in blue and underlined. Imagine if you change it to red in bold and italics...

Now you have an idea of how to acquire the graphics you need for your web sites plus a few useful tips on how to spice them up. But that's not all. You can find out more from Roger's web site below.

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Roger Loh is an avid computer enthusiast and online marketer. You can find out more about his secrets at

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