Web Graphic Apps

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by fingers, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. fingers macrumors regular

    fingers

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    I have mainly used Fireworks and Photoshop to create web graphics in the past. Since upgrading to Leopard, my version of Photoshop will not work. So, what would you recommend I do?

    Upgrade to the latest version of PS or try something different?

    I am quite used to PS, but maybe there are better apps for creating web graphics?
     
  2. Island Dog macrumors 6502a

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    If you are familiar with Photoshop, then I would just recommend upgrading if you can.

    :)
     
  3. fingers thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, I am familiar with Photoshop, but a bit frightened of the upgrade cost. A friend of mine recommended Pixelmator, which if it had a "Save for web" feature like Ps, would be ideal. I am tempted to set up some sort of workflow solution with Pixelmator and Graphic Converter...

    I have downloaded the Ps and Pixelmator demos, anybody know an app that can throw out anorexic web graphics? I am pretty sure Fireworks was better than Ps (ImageReady) when it comes to the actual file size. What is the best?
     
  4. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Saving as PNG, JPG, or GIF is difficult? You don't need a save for web option, you simply select a web safe format.
     
  5. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    I use both, but prefer Fireworks for 99% of my Web graphics work.
     
  6. fingers thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, saving a copy of a file as a .jpg etc is easy. But, exporting the graphic to fit a certain dimension and with a small file size is crucial for me.
     
  7. fingers thread starter macrumors regular

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    I haven't used Fireworks for a while, do you think it exports smaller file sizes than Photoshop? I am pretty sure that was the case when I used to use it.
     
  8. fingers thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have just downloaded the trial versions for Ps and Fw.

    Interestingly (or at least to me!) when saving the same image using Ps and Fw, at 60% quality in .jpg the file sizes and image quality is quite different.

    Ps - 76kb

    Fw - 45kb
    (Click to view the images if you like)
     

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