WPDFD Issue #28 - July 01, 2000

The Web is a wealth of information. Everything you want to know about everything is only a few clicks away at Yahoo or AltaVista. Yet, amidst all this, there are millions of Web pages with little or nothing to say. Somebody thinks, "Oh, I must have a Web page - everybody else has one!" They try desperately to find something to say and some way to say it. Then, in the realisation that their efforts are somewhat lacking, they turn to 'decoration'.

The following charts demonstrate how well your monitor copes with low tones, mid tones and highlights. This is a fairly stringent test and most monitors will not pass on all accounts. It also depends on the ambient light in your working area. In a brightly lit office, you will lose low tones because the colour of your physical screen is too bright. People who have to make accurate judgements of on-screen images - television editors and photo retouchers - work in dim or dark surroundings to minimise reflections and glare in the screen and give the best possible dynamic range.

Adobe Illustrator 9

I've used Illustrator since version 1.0 and every upgrade since. Previous versions have been pretty much aimed at print designers and although it has made the occasional nod in the direction of Web designers, it has never been quite so useful in that department as its stablemates, Photoshop and ImageReady. Photoshop has never been great for setting type though. Its clumsy text editing box and poor kerning have always made me revert to Illustrator for that particular task and then I drag and drop the Illustrator type into Photoshop to produce the final GIF files.