Quick Pro Photo Edges: Production Graphics with Wendy Peck at webreference.com | WebReference

Quick Pro Photo Edges: Production Graphics with Wendy Peck at webreference.com

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Untouched comp photo downloaded from Eyewire. Note the watermark. You are not entitled to publish this photo in any way until you have purchased it, but even with the watermark, you can easily determine if the shot will work.

Graphics programs that support layers make working with comp photos easy. Place the comp on its own layer. When you purchase the photo, simply substitute for the comp and all your formatting remains.

Images provided courtesy of EyeWire.

Images © Eyewire and Internet.com and may not be reproduced in any way without prior written notice.

The Web is a visual place. Photos can tell a story, set a mood, captivate a visitor. With them you can add simple design features to create an integrated look with the rest of your page. Photos must be good quality, relevant and artistically tied to the page in order to deliver the promised benefit.

Before we get started
Start with an excellent photo. Poor photography screams "amateur." If you do not have access to excellent photographs, consider hiring a professional photographer. If you are developing the site for a customer, build the cost into your initial quote. You can design the best site, put your heart and soul into it, but the minute you place a substandard photo on the page, your whole site drops to the quality of the photo. I speak from bitter experience on this topic.

If you are using stock photos to liven your site, make sure the photo is relevant to the subject. I have listed many photo suppliers at the end of this tutorial. You can find high quality photographs of anything you can imagine at one of these sites. All offer the ability to download comps (sample photos with a watermark—see left) so you can test the photo on your page. Most photos for Web use are under $20.00US - royalty free in most cases. If you require exclusive use (no other rights will be sold) be prepared to pay much more—starting at about $500.00US for exclusive use for one year.

Make it your own
With good photos, I'll admit, you can drop them into the page and walk away. They look pretty good. Pop a drop shadow behind it and they look darn good. But the best sites take that extra step. A colored border, a line here or there, a touch of text. We will look at quick techniques to add the finishing touches to your photos.

There is power beyond pretty in customizing photos. Edges can make unrelated photos work together seamlessly. They can also give your page that pulled together look—a subtle distinction that we all recognize when we find it. We see a site and we say, "Wow." But often it is only a few unifying lines, repeated elements that tell us the page was "designed" and not "constructed." A custom built house compared to a track development model.

But hey, we haven't got time for all that fiddling. Clients want a site yesterday, for half that budget. That's what this column is all about. Read on for some quick edge techniques to add to your magic tricks file. And make sure you check out the gallery this week for some exceptional examples of this type of photo treatment.

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Pro Edges Tutorial Index

Pro Edges Start
What's in a Line?
Why Frame?
PhotoShop Frames
Fade Away PhotoShop
Quick PhotoShop 3D Frame
CorelDraw Frames
CorelDraw Ragged Edges
Flash with an Edge
Photo Resources

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Created: Feb. 2, 2000
Revised: Feb. 3, 2000