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November 18, 2017
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FAQ Graphics and Pictures

QUESTION: Where do I get graphics and pictures?
ANSWER: There are a number of web sites on the internet which offer free graphics and pictures for you to use on your web site. Some of these sites are listed at the bottom left of the 10 Steps to Build a Web Page screen. Other sources may be found by searching for free graphics or free pictures.
You may also want to use you own graphics and pictures. These images may be created by scanning in hard copy images or taking photographs using a digital camera. For a fee the Bermuda Sun provides a scanning and photograph service to free.bm customers. Contact freemaster@bermudasun.bm if you wish to use these services.

QUESTION: How do I transfer a graphic I have found on the internet to my free.bm web site?
ANSWER: If you have found a graphic on the internet you need to first download it to your computer before uploading it to your free.bm website. To download a graphic in Microsoft Internet Explorer, right click on the graphic and select Save Picture As. Specify a location to save the image and click the Save button. To upload the image to your free.bm site use steps 8 or 9.

QUESTION: I have tried to upload my graphics but the system is indicating that my graphics file is greater than 40 Kbytes. How do I reduce my graphics file size?
ANSWER: In general, the file size of a graphic can be reduced by cropping, reducing image dimensions and compressing the image. While cropping and reducing image dimensions are important, in most cases, it is sufficient to simply compress the image. The use of graphics compression tools from Spinwave are described in the FAQ.
The term cropping refers to the electronic process of cutting off portions of the image which are not needed. A procedure for cropping a image is outlined in this FAQ.
The dimensions of a graphic can greatly affect the file size. When dealing with digital images, dimensions are often measured in units of pixels. For example, a graphic can be 400 by 200 pixels. A procedure for reducing image dimensions is covered in this FAQ.

QUESTION: What is graphic compression?
ANSWER: Graphic compression is a process which reduces the file size of a graphic while maintaining acceptable image quality. The compression process does not alter the dimensions of the graphic.
The file size of a graphic can significantly affect the web page load time therefore we are strongly encouraged to minimize graphic file size.
On the internet everyone views web pages and images via computer displays. The quality of the images is always limited by the capabilities of the computer display. Higher quality displays will more accurately represent high quality images.
But even the best computer display technology presents graphics in a rather low quality format compared with high quality printed documents and photographs. Therefore, web page graphics does not need to be high quality.

QUESTION: What are the restrictions on graphics?
ANSWER: Graphics must be either in GIF or JPG format. Due to bandwidth and diskspace limitations we decided to limit graphic size to less than 40K. If your graphic is around 40K or above you will be forced to reduce your graphic file size before posting it on free.bm. A process for reducing graphic file size is covered in this FAQ. If the LeftBar menu style is selected in Step 4 the picture should be no wider than 370 pixels. The process for changing the dimensions of a graphic is outlined in this FAQ. The content of the graphic must also comply with our Terms of Use Policy.

QUESTION: What are the differences between GIF and JPG images?
ANSWER: GIF images are normally used of graphics which consist of only a few colors. GIF images can be animated to simulate movement and changes to the graphic. JPG images which are sometimes refered to as JPEG images are better suited for photographs and shaded graphics which involve numerous colors.

QUESTION: How do I compress my graphic using Spinwave?
ANSWER: Go to the Spinwave web site by clicking here. Depending on the file type you are compressing either use the GIF Cruncher section or the JPEG Cruncher section. Click on the Browse button, select the file to compress and click the Open button. Then click on the Crunch button and wait for the results. Spinwave will present a number of versions of the image. Some of the resulting images may look quite good while others may look horrible. You will need to select a version which is under 40 Kbytes. If there are no acceptable options under 40 Kbytes then it will be necessary to crop and/or reduce the dimensions of the graphic. Procedures for cropping and reducing image dimensions are outlined in this FAQ.

QUESTION: How do I reduce the dimenstions of my graphic using MyImager?
ANSWER: To change the dimensions of your picture using the myimager system follow these steps:
1. Click on MyImager
2. Click on the Browse button and select the file to resize
3. Click the Upload button
4. Your graphic should appear. From the Edit drop down field at the top select Resize.
5. You will be prompted with a number of options for resizing. In the field
refering to "resize maintaining aspect ratio to new width" specify 400 and click the Resize button.
6. A better size picture will appear. Save the picture to your computer and
repost the impage on your web site.

QUESTION: How do I crop a graphic using MyImager?
ANSWER: To crop your picture using the myimager system follow these steps:
1. Click on MyImager
2. Click on the Browse button and select the file to resize
3. Click the Upload button
4. Your graphic should appear. From the Edit drop down field at the top select Crop.
5. Specify the area to crop by specifying an imaginary rectangle by first clicking on the top left corner of the imaginary rectangle and then on the bottom right corner.
6. The resulting coordinates are displayed. To crop the image click on the Crop it button.
7. The cropped image will appear. Save the picture to your computer and
repost the image on your web site.

QUESTION: Can I display more pictures and other multi-media objects on my pages?
ANSWER: Yes, you can display most things on these pages but the actual objects will need to be stored on another server. The Bermuda Sun does not provide this service but there are a number of free services available. This facility is not recommended for the novice webmaster.

If you manage to store pictures elsewhere on the net you may reference those pictures with the IMG tag. Here is an example:
<img width="285" height="103" src="http://www.bermudasun.bm/graphics/newlogo.gif" alt="[Bermuda Sun]" border=0>
The above code displays the picture as follows:
[Bermuda Sun]
The width and height indicate the size of the picture to display in pixels. One or both of these parameters may be omitted. If the LeftBar menu style is selected in Step 4 do not specify use a picture width greater than 370. The alt field displays alternate text if the picture is unavailable or the viewer has images turned off on the browser.