WPDFD Issue #53 - August 01, 2002
by Suzanne Stephens Do you break out in a cold sweat when it's time to choose colors for your Web pages? If so, you're like many Web page designers who are intimidated by designing with color. Since color selection is a common stumbling block, I'm going to show you some techniques for creating color schemes from the photos used on your Web pages. To demonstrate my approach, my clients at Endless River Adventures (ERA) have permitted me to use their photos.
Although Macromedia Flash's vector graphic .SWF files have a lot to be said for them for creating Web-based animations, or even simple, static elements, designers often find the Flash application itself to be intimidating and confusing. When Macromedia acquired the program, originally called FutureSplash, they could have improved it immensely by bring the interface into line with their excellent FreeHand and Director products, but for some reason, it still retains its quirky drawing tools and hair-pulling timeline window.
In the early days of Photoshop when 8-bit monitors were the norm and every file had to have a palette, there was a filter that manipulated the palette to give 'colour cycling'. Each one of the 256 colours values in the palette gradually changed and the overall effect was one of an ever-changing colour scheme that swept through a multitude of mind-blowing, psychedelic images. When you saw one that you really liked, a press of the space bar froze it so that it could be saved.
News of the latest new products for Web designers - with a particular emphasis on Web graphics - as usual. Web Validator Web Validator can validate HTML 4, XHTML and CSS of whole websites at once. Simply enter the URL of the website, select what to validate and which links to follow - you can limit by domains, link depth and directories and click validate. Windows, Mac OS 9 or OSX. Photoshop Elements 2.0 Adobe Photoshop's baby sister has been updated with some great new features - and a $30 mail-in rebate to cross-grade from other paint packages.