You can get graphics to use with your web pages from several sources including FrontPage clip art, web graphics, digital cameras, scanners and clip art CDs. Web graphics are usually in one of two graphic formats: jpeg for digital pictures or gifs for clip art. FrontPage will convert most images into the correct graphic format.
Inserting FrontPage clip art is the easiest way to include graphics. From the Insert Menu choose Picture/Clip Art. The clip gallery will open. Navigate by clicking on a category then using the arrows to browse. If you have an Internet connection, you can go out to Microsoft's web site and download additional clip art for free. You won't have any copyright concerns if you use FrontPage clip art.
Many web sites offer clip art that students and teachers may use for free. When you find a graphic you want to use, right click and choose save or download picture. Save the picture in the same folder with the web page you are designing. Before you start using web graphics, you should become familiar with copyright law, fair use, and how it applies to you.
Images from digital cameras are usually jpegs that can be easily inserted into web pages. If you will be scanning pictures, save them as jpegs. WARNING: Digital photos from cameras and scanners can sometimes be quite large. Make sure you read about graphic size before you begin adding pictures to your web page!
Images on clip art CDs come in a variety of formats. FrontPage can convert many of them to the correct web format. Follow the instructions that came with your CD to install any necessary software for retrieving graphics from the CD.
Graphics are the big slow down for loading web pages. You can help reduce the loading time but reducing the "size" of your graphic. By size, however, I don't mean the height X width that you usually think of. I mean bytes size or disk space size. You want the picture to be as small as possible. However, making the picture smaller in FrontPage by resizing it DOES NOT reduce the byte size of the picture. If you plan to use lots of graphics--digital images in particular--you should learn something about graphics and how to use a graphic editor like PhotoDeluxe or PhotoShop. When you use them to reduce the size of a graphic, they make it the byte size smaller, too. Several graphic editors have a web export command that makes the graphics as small as possible.
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