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Photos and Graphics

Last updated Oct 17, 2003.

What's a Web site without some visual aids for easy scanning and adding pop when appropriate? The software programs listed here are more popular and often used by designers and hobbyists. Often, designers use one product for photos and images and another for graphics.

  • Adobe Photoshop – The Cadillac of photo imaging software. It's pricey, but it's powerful for editing, retouching, and enhancing photos as well as creating images and graphics. (Figure 5)

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  • JASC Paint Shop Pro – A popular alternative to PhotoShop for hobbyists because of its affordable price. It provides the user with the ability to edit and enhance photos. It's not available for Macs.

  • GIMP – A GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), it's a freely distributed software for photo retouching, image creation, and image composition.

  • Macromedia Fireworks – Create and optimize graphics for the Web. Also build interactive components such as rollover buttons and pop up menus. It generates the code for the interactive components.

  • Adobe Illustrator – Vector-based graphics program for creating and editing graphics. Competes with Macromedia Freehand.

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  • Macromedia Freehand – Vector-based graphics software for creating designs and illustrations, developing Web site storyboards, and building animation and interactive components. Its competitor is Adobe Illustrator.