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WEEK 8

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Public_domain_image_resources rather than an entry about pub domain images wikipedia provides a motherload of links to a wide range of resources. A good start.
http://www.libraryspot.com/images.htm Library spot is a good general reference site. Here you’ll find image links for kids as well as adults. Like wikipedia, the site is simple and neat.
http://www.readwriteweb.com/ Not much here on imagery. Perhaps the page changed over the past few weeks.
http://www.footnote.com/ Cool resource for archive images, mostly text from old newspapers, journals etc. but original photos too. $12 a month or $70 a year gives unlimited access. Browse by photos or you’ll get little more than text images. No luck finding an original photo of H.P. Lovecraft.
http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/index.html Photoshop is still the industry standard with many features most of us will rarely use.
http://www.adobe.com/products/fireworks/ Fireworks seems to be the more web friendly version of photshop.
http://www.gimp.org/ The official Gimp web site offers free down loads for this basic image editor. Free and simple is a good selling point and I’m using it for my web site.
http://www.gimpshop.com/ Gimpshop is sort of a Gimp/Photshop hybrid intended to accomodate photshop users to GIMP( GNU Image Manipulation Program).
The GIMP tutorial gives you a basic lowdown on how this free image editing program can clean up your photos. I began using Corel Paintshop but GIMP was all I really needed. I found everything I needed at Stock.XCHNG and imageafter.com and I was able to edit the images so that they worked in my site. It didn’t take long before I realized that the images didn’t have to be resized to fit into my tables. The pictures automatically fit, so I only needed to brighten them a bit.
Aside from the logical and aesthetic reasons for image choices final chapter in Beaird pointed out something I hadn’t thought of before: Hotlinking. Apparently it is a common problem in socialnetworking where users will benignly create links to their favorite images found on other servers. This could be a positive plug for another site, but more often it is a nuisance- slowing down other peoples servers/websites.

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