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Change the Colors

One thing you must always do is be aware of the default colors of the web page. Changing to a more pleasant color is a sign that you know what you’re doing. The steps to change the colors are diff erent in different software programs, so you’ll need to read your manual to find out how to do it.

Do you want a patterned background? Any correctly formatted web graphic can be used as a background pattern. We’re going to talk in great detail about the formats for web graphics (GIFS and JPEGS), but for now, if you happen to have one, you can drop it in as a background. (If you don’t have that kind of graphic at the moment, don’t worry—just watch the example and know you can do it later.)

Most patterned backgrounds make the text very difficult to read. Be very careful with patterns. This is the rule about type on a patterned background: if it looks hard to read, it is. Nothing magical happens to it when the page gets to the Internet. If the text is hard to read now, it will be hard to read then, so don’t do it.

Do you want to change the color of the text? Simply select the text, then find the menu command or toolbar button that changes the color.

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