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Designing Web Graphics 2 Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1562057152 ISBN-10: 1562057154 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 447 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders Pub; 2 edition (February 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562057154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562057152
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,959,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A good design title practices what it preaches, and Designing Web Graphics 2 is on its second round of showing off how elegant web graphics can be. Significantly expanded in its new edition, the book is a superb overview of the web design process, rich with examples and illustrations, and very practical and hands-on when offering advice.

Unlike similar books, it offers software-specific advice on getting tasks completed. Many screen shots from programs like PhotoShop and Fractal Design Painter, and step by step screen shots from both programs and web sites, help Lynda Weinman walk between the theoretical and practical in very compelling fashion.

Weinman plans to update this book annually, which is both a warning and sign of an interesting phenomenon. This is one of the few books for which I've not hesitated to purchase the 2nd edition, and won't feel resentful purchasing a third. The new version adds so much to the original and makes so many improvements, it's keeping the subject alive while at the same time keeping pace with graphics tools that have a lot of new functionality to offer. Word processors have pretty much evolved as much as they can at this point in history, but graphics tools are still making some big leaps and offering some exciting upgrades. Weinman has devoted herself to keeping pace with the change and promises to persist in adding value to each new edition. From the looks of her first revision, she'll keep the promise.

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Weinman is a one-woman graphics factory turning out essential web-design guides. Coloring Web Graphics is a simply beautiful description of browser/platform safe colors. Anyone who has carefully designed a web site only to view what looks like a bizarre parody on a friend's machine will welcome this work. The CD is full of color palettes and clip art. Deconstructing is a total case study approach to understanding web design. This hands-on, backwards look at existing web sites includes examinations of the site code in html, Java, JavaScript, ShockWave, and even PhotoShop that produced the sites. Designing Web Graphics is a total approach to building a successful web site, from advice on buying hardware to animation techniques. Especially clear discussions of graphics formats (e.g., jpegs vs. gifs) and navigational graphics are augmented in this second edition with updated information on frames, interactivity, and more. In early summer, look for Preparing Web Graphics (ISBN 1-56205-686-7. $39.99) and Creative HTML Design (ISBN
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This is a classic must have book for any Web Designer or Graphic Designer.
Louis Winkler
I appreciate the author's expertise and conciseness in explanation as well as the visual layout of this book.
Sam Sagittarius
With Lynda's books I know she's telling it like it is in the most easies format possible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RealDeal on October 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
I find that all of Lyndas books are excellent. I have been able to create some wonderful pages on my own by using her examples and following her easy to understand guide lines. There are a lot of Web Design books on the market, and most of them say the same things over and over again. With Lynda's books I know she's telling it like it is in the most easies format possible. Everyone wants to be a star on the internet, and Lynda tells you how to get there the simplest and yet the best creative way possible...Thanks Lynda for be a great source of help and inspiration....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 1999
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This book is very useful, either for beginner or advance user. I find that whatever I think I knew some of it already, yet I still able to find some 'extra' useful tips from it. So, I won't behave as I knew it all because after go thru this book, it reveals quite a lot of things which I 'don't actually know' You had do me proud, Lynda!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Sagittarius on July 13, 2000
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I am not without being in an arm's length distance to this book. It is a reference book for me that I use constantly. I appreciate the author's expertise and conciseness in explanation as well as the visual layout of this book. The series that this author produces has never let me down. If you want to start somewhere start with this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Travis M. Owens on April 6, 2000
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I am a full time professional web developer (both visual and web programming) and as far as the visual side goes, this book is a bible. I have never seen a book of such depth on web design. It explains all the web stuff you need to know, and even some nerdy stuff, like how GIF and JPG compression works so you can make images that compress very tightly. I suggest you buy the newest version of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1997
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Lynda Weinman's book taught me a valuable lesson: Look -- and look *carefully* -- before you buy!

Having just read David Siegel's incredible guide "Creating Killer Web Sites", I was extremely disappointed almost from the first page. While reviewers have praised Weinman's book for explaining the nitty-gritty of designing graphics for the web simply and clearly -- and she does this, there's no doubt -- I find it astonishing that people are overlooking the obvious: Her site designs are the pits!

Have a look at her own site at [...] -- it's surely one of the least attractive and professional-looking sites I've ever seen! How can one put our faith in a person-- a "professional", no less-- who cannot even properly design her own site?

No, the web has enough people out there who know "the basics" of writing html and creating graphics for the web, and there are already enough average books which explain just that. What all amateur and many professional web designers need is to understand that it's not enough to simply throw up a site, with no concept of color, layout, and *real* design theory. New web designers need the basics, yes, but more, much more, and Lynda Weinman is not the person to provide it. (David Siegel is.)
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This is a classic must have book for any Web Designer or Graphic Designer. This is a great reference guide to keep close by when designing for the Web.
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I own several of Weinman's books and I find them all very helpful. The most useful part for me is the non-dithering colors by hue charts (she also maintains these online). Even if the colors in the book don't exactly match what comes up on the Web, I can get a close enough match with the hex codes she provides. Overall I think she produces a very good series. I have to keep my copies under lock and key at work because they tend to "walk" otherwise. I mention Weinman's books in both of the books I wrote. That should be good testimony!
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While there's nothing in this book that you can't find on the web already, it's a big comfort having it all down on paper and within easy reach. I must look at this book two or three times each day - I'd be lost without the colour tables and combinations. Every web designer should have a copy (I know some who need it BAD!).
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