We spent the night having a look at PhotoImpact 5 Bundled Edition
and really we only scratched the surface of what this program can
do. Apart from creating web graphics very easily, it can also be
used for optimising and retouching scanned photographs.
I showed you how to access the drawing and painting tools and mentioned
that I had created a few images from scratch over the weekend. I
had intended to bring them to class on a disk but I forgot. Anyway
here they are. There's nothing spectacular here just a few test
pieces, all done in a very short time. Click on the thumbnails to
see a larger image
As I said, nothing special, but I think
that it would be possible to get some really good results with a bit
of practice and a lot of spare time.
Anyway, the PhotoImpact session seemed
very popular, and we decided to have a look at some more of its features
after the Easter break. So make sure that you bring along your CD
and we can have another play.
Have a Happy Easter, drive carefully, see you soon. Alan
Important notice for students - 22/03/2002
Hi gang, I am still not feeling the best so Saturday's class will
not be on, although the room should be available if you want
to come in and use the software.
See you next Wednesday. Don't forget to grab a copy of the PC Authority
magazine (see below) and bring your CD to class, we will have a
look at some of the features of the program.
Important notice for students - 22/03/2002
STOP PRESS -STOP PRESS - 18/03/2002
The April issue of Australian PC Authority has
PhotoImpact 5 BE on the cover CD. Grab a copy Now
We have spent the last three classes using Fireworks to optimise
images and create buttons and other graphics for use on our web
I mentioned in yesterday's class that there are some cheaper alternatives
if you can't really afford Fireworks or PhotoShop, they are both
very good programs but they are rather expensive.
Have a look at these lower cost alternatives.
PhotoImpact from ULead.
This is now at version 7, though if you keep your eyes open, you
may still find version 4.2 on magazine cover CD's
Paint Shop Pro from Jasc.
I believe that this is also now at version 7. This program actually
started as shareware, but became so popular it turned commercial.
Many professional's use this program, so it is well worth a look.
Both of the above programs are available in trial versions that
can be downloaded from the manufacturer's sites. However they are
rather hefty downloads so you may be better off looking for them
on cover CD's.
Tonight we repeated the steps involved in using tables, and/or
nested tables to lay out the design of the web page and then saving
the page as a template, to enable us to get consistency on our web
You really need to practise both of those tasks over and over,
until you can do them without thinking. When you can do that, you
can concentrate your effort into the content of the page
and not have to worry about the layout.
Don't forget that you may require more than one template, because
depending upon what you are putting on your pages, you may find
it too constricting with only one.
This site for example, uses two templates at the moment, although
that may need to be increased in the future as new sections are
The majority of the pages on my site, use the three column layout
(as on this page) however the pages that open when you click on
a thumbnail image in the gallery, use a template with only one column.
This allows the full width of the screen to be used to display the
There are a couple of pages on the site, the welcome screen and
the class schedule page, that are one off's. They don't need a template
because they both have a unique layout that isn't repeated on any
other pages (though they do of course, use the same general colour
The basic rule is, if you are going to have more than one page
with the same overall layout, then create a template for it.
Don't forget, that if you need to make a change to the template
for any reason, then Dreamweaver can automatically update all of
the pages that use that template.
We also looked at the difference between Vector and Bitmapped graphic
formats and although Vector formats are generally much smaller that
equivalent sized Bitmapped formats, for various reasons we still
need to use bitmaps on our web pages.
The key to using bitmaps successfully is to make sure that the
image is optimised to get the best balance between image quality
and the size of the file, which of course affects the time required
for your page to download and display.
On Saturday we will look at how we can use Macromedia Fireworks
to optimise our graphics and also, how to re-sample images for creating
Don't forget to bring along any images that you are planning to
use on your web site. Either on disk or bring along the photographs
and we can scan them in class.
I mentioned that there are many graphic file formats used by various
programs, for more information on graphics formats follow these
Note: These study guides are available
both online and in printed format.
Students should be aware, that the online versions are always the
most up to date.
This area is for questions that
are asked in class, but for one reason or another aren't fully answered.
This may occurs because the question is too complex to answer, without
getting too far off track, or it may be that I don't know the answer
(Hey! I don't profess to know everything).
These questions will quite often be answered by providing a link
to a web page on another site