Re: Graphics Programs: Which is the best?

Subject: Re: Graphics Programs: Which is the best?
From: "Susan W. Gallagher" <susan-gallagher -at- vertel -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 09 Jun 2000 13:52:00 -0700

At 03:46 PM 6/9/00 -0400, Peter Shea (USF) wrote:

>For creating web graphics, which is better--photoshop or corel draw?

Well, firstly, you're comparing apples and fire trucks. Corel is a
draw, or vector graphic, program; Photoshop is a paint, or raster
graphic, program. They type of program you need depends on the type
of graphics you want to create.

Vector graphics are stored in memory as a series of plots with lines
drawn between them and shapes filled in, so vector images tend to be
color blocks with hard edges.

Raster graphics define a color for every pixel, making shading
and gradients much smoother and more gradual -- softer edges.

Correspondingly, if you intend to produce the kind of graphic that
.gif format is really good at, you might want to look at Corel. If
your target is a .jpg, Photoshop might be what you're looking for.

In any case, for all you ever wanted to know about creating graphics
for the web, go to and read what Lynda Whyman has to
say. I found _Designing Web Graphics.2_ extremely informative and fun
to read.


-Sue Gallagher
susan-gallagher -at- vertel -dot- com

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