View Full Version : software for designing web graphics

11-15-2002, 04:45 PM
Which software is good for designing graphics for websites e.g buttons, banners, and transparent images etc..


11-15-2002, 05:04 PM
I can tell you that, I use PaintShop, Adobe PhotoShop as my two main image maker/compression programs.
Fireworks is another, but I haven't tried it enough to say anything.

Adobe's PhotoShop has a wonderful option called
"Save for Web" Very handy option.

Adobe's download page::

Paint Shop Pro 7

Good luck.

11-15-2002, 08:53 PM
and of course Macromedia Fireworks.

11-15-2002, 11:41 PM
The two best on the market are without any doubt Adobe Photoshop & Macromedia Fireworks but both are a little pricey. If on a tight budget go for Ulead PhotoImpact.

11-15-2002, 11:59 PM
if you're on a real tight budget, try the Gimp (it's free): http://www.gimp.org/~tml/gimp/win32/

11-16-2002, 06:00 AM
I use Photoshop 7.0 and Fireworks 4.0 (MX/5.0 is the newest version of fireworks tho)

11-16-2002, 07:25 AM
Thank you all for your reply.

I am having Macromedia Fireworks. I just had a look at it, and its so interesting and easy to use. I will also try to check the other softwares you mentioned.

Which format is better for web images e.g jpg, gif. I have found that gif is used widely than jpg, is it better in quality or file-size?

11-16-2002, 11:55 AM
as a general rule which works for me but might not work for everybody i use .gif for images with long stretches of one colour, and .jpg's for images such as photos...

if speed is all you're worried about, .jpg usually downloads quicker.

if you're worried about quality then use .gif, which can often be compressed without losing much photo quality at all, whereas .jpg's tend to go very "grainy" if you compress them too much...

hope that helps :thumbsup:

11-16-2002, 02:43 PM
I use Photoshop, psp 7, firewoks, Bryce, Ulead Cool3D, Xara 3D, etc, the list is unbelievably huge.

What I do with them depends upon the type of effect I want to get.


11-17-2002, 06:47 PM
Thank you for reply.

Any other reason for using a specific image format??

11-18-2002, 03:34 AM
Well, .gif and .jpg depend on the quality of image you want to reproduce, and you have to consider the size (in bytes) of the final product for fast webpage loading.

If you're reproducing a detailed photograph, use .jpg.

If you're reproducing a 3 color logo, use .gif.

Anything in between, it's up to you to decide what is the best compromise between image loading time and quality. :)

Generally, a .jpg image will be much larger in file size than its .gif counterpart.

Also you obviously need to use a .gif if you want to make it transparent.

As for the best program to do what you want, my personal opinion is photoshop. It is very powerful. :)

11-18-2002, 07:04 AM
photoshop and fireworks is what I use...

11-18-2002, 05:57 PM
The other thing regarding jpg's - don't just save as a jpg but also compress it (usually at about 75% is generally pretty good still), an option that's available in most photo editing software. Usually you have two windows open, the one has the original pic in it & the other has the pic preview of how it looks while you're compressing.
Generally, as far as web building is concerned, try not to make your larger size pics much larger than 40kb (still a lot of people on 56k modems & below) as people usually don't stick around at your site if the pics take too long to load.